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.
Let’s get making!
– paper plates
– food coloring
– double-sided tape
– Q-tips, cotton balls (or paint brushes)
– mixing cups
– string (optional)
Mix the water and food coloring together. Use Q-tips, cotton balls or paint brushes to make designs.
Allow the plates to fully dry. Note: If the basket does get wet, the colors could bleed onto whatever is below.
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.
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.
Fold the sliced piece back on itself.
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.
Continue until all the edges are connected. String can be added as embellishment.
Fill with berries or other treats, and enjoy!
Created by Amy Christie for Design Mom.
34 thoughts on “Easy Paper Plate Baskets for Pretty Summer Meals”
What a fun project! Happy Memorial Day!
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Those are adorable. I can think of a million uses for such sweet little baskets.
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!
I love when I find a crafty thing that I might actually do, I’m pretty sure this is one of them. Thanks!
Such a clever idea! Involves paper AND berries… two of my favorite things. :) Will be sharing on All Things Paper.
Thank you for this post! I think I’m going to make some for my graduation party :)
I love this post! And I love those shoes!!!– can you share the shoe details?
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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Very fun and cute… and doable! Thinking now of how to incorporate these in an upcoming baby shower. :)
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Amy Christie, you have done it again! These are sooo fun.
Thank you Amy!! You are so sweet!
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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Fabulous tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing.
the plates look awesome! i love the pattern!
I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!
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Love the idea of using food coloring to create beautiful patterns!
Can you please update the Pinterest link? Unfortunately the pin that is link is spam and the images were taken off my site without crediting me.
Here’s my original post and video of the tutorial: http://sarahhearts.com/2011-06-28/paperbaskets/
Thank you SO much for updating the link! xo
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I used this mini basket for distributing sweets among my neighbors last Diwali (festival in India). It’s a great idea.
What a fun, cute, and clever summer project. These paper plate baskets are so great!