Easy Paper Plate Baskets for Pretty Summer Meals

DIY: Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Easy and food safe!

Food-safe food coloring turns plain paper plates into something stylish and fun. Easy patterns, simple lines, it doesn’t take much to make them spectacular. Use these little baskets for picnics or cook outs, parties or weddings, gifts, or every day. And happily, the baskets can be used and reused.

DIY: Easy Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Decorate them with food-coloring instead of watercolors to keep them food safe!  |  Design Mom

Let’s get making!

DIY: Easy Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Decorate them with food-coloring instead of watercolors to keep them food safe!  |  Design Mom

Supplies:
– paper plates
– food coloring
– scissors
– double-sided tape
– pencil
– ruler
– Q-tips, cotton balls (or paint brushes)
– water
– mixing cups
– string (optional)

DIY: Easy Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Decorate them with food-coloring instead of watercolors to keep them food safe!  |  Design Mom

Mix the water and food coloring together. Use Q-tips, cotton balls or paint brushes to make designs.

DIY: Easy Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Decorate them with food-coloring instead of watercolors to keep them food safe!  |  Design Mom

Allow the plates to fully dry. Note: If the basket does get wet, the colors could bleed onto whatever is below.

DIY: Easy Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Decorate them with food-coloring instead of watercolors to keep them food safe!  |  Design Mom

While they dry, make a template for the basket. With a plain plate, use the same width to measure in from the middle of each side and make a mark. Take the ruler and make the mark into a full line. I used 2.5″ as my measurement.

DIY: Easy Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Decorate them with food-coloring instead of watercolors to keep them food safe!  |  Design Mom

Notice where the lines intersect to make an ‘L’ shape/pie slice. Cut one of the lines at each junction. It needs to be the same line at each junction. I chose to cut the bottom line of the ‘L’ shape.

DIY: Easy Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Decorate them with food-coloring instead of watercolors to keep them food safe!  |  Design Mom

Fold the sliced piece back on itself.

DIY: Easy Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Decorate them with food-coloring instead of watercolors to keep them food safe!  |  Design Mom

Put a piece of double-sided tape on each of the folded pieces. Then bring the folded edge and the straight edge together. Pinch firmly to secure.

DIY: Easy Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Decorate them with food-coloring instead of watercolors to keep them food safe!  |  Design Mom
DIY: Easy Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Decorate them with food-coloring instead of watercolors to keep them food safe!  |  Design Mom

Continue until all the edges are connected. String can be added as embellishment.

DIY: Easy Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Decorate them with food-coloring instead of watercolors to keep them food safe!  |  Design Mom

Fill with berries or other treats, and enjoy!


Created by Amy Christie for Design Mom.

DIY: Easy Paper Plate Berry Boxes. Decorate them with food-coloring instead of watercolors to keep them food safe!  |  Design Mom

34 thoughts on “Easy Paper Plate Baskets for Pretty Summer Meals”

  1. This post made me just happy:
    the beautiful colors and patterns
    the simple making of
    the yummy berries
    and the great idea to put all this things together!
    Thanks!
    iren

    1. Thank you Amyville! I love my red shoes too. Sadly, they are very old Target brand. But someone should tell Target to remake them. I get compliments each time I wear them. :)

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  3. Very fun and cute… and doable! Thinking now of how to incorporate these in an upcoming baby shower. :)

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  5. This looks right up my alley! Painting without worrying about straight lines or over the top details. No hot glue, no sewing and 10 minutes I’m thinking to do the whole lot.

    I’m also thinking if I lined the insides with foil, I could even use them as serving dishes for a select view food items. Or disposable containers for brownies, cookies and etc. at a BBQ. Or for quick clean up during our vacation! Hmm…

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