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Cookie Tin Easter Basket

Introduction

One of the most enduring children's holiday traditions is hunting for baskets filled with treats on Easter morning. Although you can purchase a ready-made basket, as TV stylist Cindy Treen demonstrates, you can easily create your own festive version with little more than a cookie tin, linen, and ribbon.

Materials

  • Linen
  • Cookie tin
  • Double-sided adhesive paper, such as Twin-Tack
  • Bone folder
  • Decorative paper
  • Double-sided tape
  • Matte board or chipboard
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Floral ribbon
  • Silk flower

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cut a piece of linen long enough to wrap around your tin, leaving a 3/4-inch overlap for the "grass" fringe. Fringe the overlap down to the top lip of the cookie tin.

  2. Step 2

    Cut a piece of the adhesive paper wide enough to wrap around your tin with a 1/2-inch overlap. It should also measure the height of the tin, with a 1/8-inch overlap on the bottom. Peel off the protective coating from one side of the adhesive paper, and adhere it to the linen just below the bottom of the fringe. Trim off any excess linen.

  3. Step 3

    Peel off the remaining protective strip on the adhesive paper, and starting at the seam along the side of the tin, adhere the linen to the tin, making sure the fringe pokes up from the top edge. Press the 1/8-inch overlap at the bottom over the bottom edge of the tin. Use a bone folder to smooth out any wrinkles.

  4. Step 4

    Measure the height of the inside of the tin, and cut a piece of decorative paper to the same measurements. The paper should be long enough to wrap around the interior with a 1/2-inch overlap. Tack it in place using the double-sided tape.

  5. Step 5

    Create handles by cutting four 1/2-inch strips of matte board or chipboard to the desired length. Cover each strip with a 1/2-inch-wide piece of linen that is as long as the strip. Cut a piece of adhesive paper to the same size as the strip, and affix it to the linen. Remove the remaining protective covering, and wrap the linen around the strip. Attach a linen-covered strip to the center of each side of the tin with hot glue, crossing them to create a trellis look. Hot-glue a length of floral ribbon to each handle; glue a silk flower on top.

Source
Martha Stewart Living Television