Crafty Secrets March Linky Party – Go Green for Spring!

Upcycled Easter Basket by Paper Melody's for Crafty Secrets March Linky Party.  Using Easter images and digital stamps from Crafty Secrets along with recycled scraps

Crafty Secrets March Linky Party – Go Green for Spring!

Happy March, everybody!  We’re this much closer to Spring…who’s excited?!  I know I’m ready for sunny skies, green trees, and blooming flowers, not to mention some warmer weather.  To get in the spirit of things, this month’s Crafty Secrets Linky Party is all about springtime!  Here are the details:

GO GREEN! Gardening/Botanical theme with upcycling twist

Everyone is ready for a dose of springtime by this time of the year. Let’s feature flowers, green, growing things, garden journals or farm images in our projects this month. Easter banners, Easter baskets, home décor would be great ideas! Use an “upcycled” item in your project: a bit of corrugated cardboard, packaging material, paper bag, twist ties, jars and bottles or anything else that would normally go to the landfill.

I decided to put a bunch of paper scraps to good use for this project and made an Easter basket!  Take a look:

Upcycled Easter Basket by Paper Melody's for Crafty Secrets March Linky Party.  Using Easter images and digital stamps from Crafty Secrets along with recycled scraps

That adorable image is from the Adorable Vintage Easter Eggs digital sheet, to which I added a digital stamp from the Easter Chicks stamp set.  I just sized and layered the image in Microsoft Word, printed it out, covered it in a couple layers of clear embossing powder, then layered it onto a scalloped oval die cut.  I didn’t want to distract from the cute image too much, so I kept the embellishments simple, adding just 3 flowers.

To make the basket, I used strips of recycled cardstock I had leftover from a set of wedding invitations.  I folded each strip lengthwise and added some glue to make them stronger, then started weaving.  The base is 5 strips by 5 strips, then the ends are folded upwards and new strips are woven around to make the sides of the square basket.  I added glue at the joints periodically to hold everything in place as I was working.  When the basket was at the desired height (3 strips), I trimmed the ends, folded them down, glued them in place, and added the corrugated cardboard trim (saved from a box I tore apart from another project).  The handle was easy – I just took another strip, glued one end to the inside of the basket, bent it carefully over, and glued the other end to the other side of the basket.  Then I wrapped it with satin ribbon and some hemp cord, and it was done!  The basket is filled with little strips of decorative packing paper that came from a gift basket – for some reason, I hadn’t thrown them away yet, but since they were perfect for this project I’m glad I kept them!

Now it’s your turn! Create a NEW project featuring any Crafty Secrets goodies and link it up on the Crafty Secrets BLOG by Sunday, March 15th at midnight PT.

To thank you for playing along, you’ll find a FREE gardening digital paper and printable over on the Heartwarming Vintage BLOG that you can download and use in your project. Or use any Crafty Secrets goodies you might have in your stash to play along. We also have dozens of FREE DOWNLOADS that you can use in your project. You do NOT have to follow the theme to play along, but it’s always fun when you do.

One lucky participant will be randomly selected to win a lovely prize package from Crafty Secrets valued at more than $25!  The prize package includes Digital Garden Papers and Printables, the Garden Girls Digital Art Stamps, and the Bunny Gift Bag and Tag set.  I can’t wait to see what you create!

CRAFTY SECRETS DESIGN TEAM

Kathy Clement, DT Leader * Darlene Pavlick, Dar’s Crafty Creations * Diane Hover, Nellie’s Nest * Elizabeth Lincoln, Paper Passtimes  *  Melody Clement, Paper Melody’s (you are here!) *Michele Kovack, Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker * Shantaie Fowler, Inking Pink * Sheila Rumney, Sheila Rumney Design and Photography * Gloria Stengel, Scraps of Life *  Ginny Nemchak, Polly’s Paper Studio  * Special Guest Designer Karen Letchworth, My Cup Runneth Over *

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10 thoughts on “Crafty Secrets March Linky Party – Go Green for Spring!

  1. kathycnc says:

    Your woven basket is amazing! I love everything about this sweet Easter basket! Thanks for another wonderful Linky project!

  2. Elizabeth Lincoln says:

    What a great use of paper strips, and who doesn’t have a box full of those. This is very sweet, that image is perfect for this time of year with new life emerging and of course Easter. I hope you see a change in your weather, I feel almost guilty here on the west coast. We have just gone through the winter that wasn’t!

  3. frougirl3 says:

    I’m crushing on that embossing powder coated image big time!!! your basket is simply adorable!!! It makes me all giddy about Easter coming soon 🙂

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