DIY: Handmade Basket: Birch Bark

March 19, 2013

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Another day. Another basket. This time using birch. Back when it was wintertime for the rest of the world (summertime here in Miami), I used birch in this rustic winter project and this valentine’s day card set. Now that spring is here, I’m giving birch another makeover.

Crafting a birch basket is way easy, but you will need to get your hands on some birch bark. If you happen to have birch trees around you, you could probably just go grab some of the fallen bark. Here in the middle of downtown Miami, we don’t have too many birch trees (shocker, right?) …but luckily Save-On Crafts has plenty.

DIY Birch Bark Basket: Supplies | Damask Love Blog

You don’t need many supplies for this project!

{1} Birch bark sheets

{2} Chipboard (very thick cardstock could also work)

{3} craft glue (not pictured)

DIY Birch Bark Basket: What you Do | Damask Love Blog

{1} Create a box with the chipboard. You can create any size you want, but I’ve provided a simple template below for the box that I created for this project.

{2} Cut chipboard pieces to fit the size of your box and then cover each piece with birch. You’ll adhere these pieces to the sides of the box and add a handle made in the same way.

sample-box-templateWhen it’s all said and done, you’ll have created a rustic and very pretty birch basket. I filled mine with reindeer moss along with some handmade treat bags…keep scrolling and you’ll see how I put them together.

Birch Basket DIY | Damask Love BlogIn each glassine envelope, I created a simple stamped flat card and tied a chocolate bunny to the front with baker’s twine.

DIY Birch Bark Basket: Treat Fillers | Damask Love Blog

DIY Birch Bark Basket: Treat Filler Close | Damask Love BlogThese “A Tisket, A Tasket” tags from Minted were the perfect finishing touch to each envelope. I even had them customized with the Damask Love name…so official (like a ref with a whistle). I’ll be giving these away to friends who read the blog!

DIY Birch Bark Basket: Treat Filler Tags Close | Damask Love Blog

DIY Birch Bark Basket: Treat Filler Tags Close2 | Damask Love Blog

DIY Birch Bark Basket 1 | Damask Love BlogHow’s that for another fun basket-making post! Tomorrow, I’ll be taking a break from my basket making duties to bring you another installment of “High Society” – see you there!

SUPPLIES

 A Tisket, A Tasket Personalized Tags | Glassine Envelope Bags | Birch Bark Sheets | Baker’s Twine |  Papertrey Ink Mini Blooms Stamp Set | Papertrey Ink Springtime Jar Filler | Impress Fresh Ink Chamomile, Basil, Ginger | Chipboard

 Thank you to Minted and Save-on-Crafts for providing a portion of the product used in today’s post.

17 thoughts on “Handmade Basket: Birch Bark”

  1. I love that birch basket. You are so clever. Oh wait, have I said that recently?
    I meant to get back yesterday to tell you how great your cupcake baskets were.
    Can’t wait for your next edition of High Society.
    Thanks for such a sweet note the other day.

  2. How clever, Amber, to attach those chocolate bunnies to a card using colored twine! That birch basket is simply divine. Thanks for sharing the basket template.

  3. I love the shape and style of your basket here, Damask! And happy to see it is made using bark from dead trees! I have an Amazon book about making birch bark baskets. If people want to purchase it, they can get it on Amazon! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AYQ6LJI/ The book has detailed instructions and lots of pictures for making 2 different birch bark baskets. Rather than cut pieces like you do, my baskets are actually sewn together. 🙂

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