DIY Paper Plate Basket Tutorial

June 28, 2011Sarah Khandjian

Update:: I made a video tutorial for this DIY. Check it out below!

Last night I download the July issue of Martha Stewart Living on my iPad. I didn’t get too far into the issue as I skimmed it’s pages until I fell asleep. They had a link to summer crafts and I was surprised to see several new cute tutorials. So today I decided to try one out and add my own twist. The results are above. All you need is paper plates and some cute tape and you have a great way to serve food for your fourth of July picnic or bar-b-que!

The following directions are based on the craft from Martha Stewart. The tutorial on her site said to hold the basket together with a rubber band. I think that would be cute, but I love love love washi tape so I decided to use that. You can use either method, if you find another way to hold the basket together, please let me know.

I can’t wait to serve appetizers and desserts in these! Or you can line them with wax paper and serve potato or pasta salad in them.

1. You will need the following supplies: white paper plates (1 plate per basket), scissors, paper edger scissors (I used my pinking shears), a ruler, pencil, washi tape or rubber bands, and 4 paper clips.

2. Using the paper edger scissors or pinking shears, trim about 1/4″ off of the circumference of the plate.

3. Flip the plate over so the front side is facing down. Use the pencil and ruler to make a 9-section grid. Try your best to make the center square in the center of the plate. If you want you can measure it.

4. Use the regular scissors to cut a slit along every other vertical line. Stop cutting where the vertical line intersects with the center square.

5. Fold one side at a time up to form the “basket”. Use one paper clip to hold each side together as you assemble the basket.

6. Use washi tape and wrap it around the basket and then remove the paper clips. If you are using rubber bands, simple wrap the rubber bands around the basket. And you’re done! Now fill them up with summer treats!


  • Kate

    August 18, 2011 at 6:25 am

    I wonder if you could us double sided tape on the flaps and then wrap ribbon around it for decoration. LOVE this idea!

    1. Claire

      July 18, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      That’s a great idea! I also think it would look adorable if you tied the ribbon on top of the tape as well!! ;)

  • Sherry

    August 18, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    What is washi tape and where do you buy it? This is SO cute!

    1. Sarah

      August 18, 2011 at 11:42 pm

      Thanks Kate! You definitely could. I would recommend using a glue gun to hold the “basket” together. I don’t think double-sided tape would be strong enough.

      Sherry, washi tape is Japanese masking-like tape. It’s thin and comes in many colors and prints. You can buy it from many places on-line. I’ve purchased some from Happy Tape before. You can also find a lot on Etsy. There are so many cute prints you may want them all!

  • Kathy

    August 19, 2011 at 2:06 am

    Genius! I am SO trying this when I get my hands on some berries ;) or maybe even muffins or cookies, then attach a handle on these cute baskets? Oh…I see a lot of ways to decorate these. Thanks for the awesome tutorial ^^

    -kathy from

  • Kris Pare

    August 20, 2011 at 7:51 am

    LOVE this idea! Would be so cute on a kid’s table with coordinating colors! Thank you for sharing!

  • Bonnie Nyquist

    August 20, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Oh goodness,this is sooo adorable! I just have to make this too! Red Liner tape would hold this,it is strong! A common scrapbook item, here is the link if you are not familiar with it! Thanks for this tutorial!!
    I have to get some Washi Tape!

  • anna

    August 20, 2011 at 6:02 pm

  • Yvette

    August 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    What a great tip. I am going to use this for Christmas when I bake for my teachers and friends. Decorative ribbon from the fabric store is what I will use to hold basket together. The possibilities are endless. I will probably paint or decorate the outside of the basket as well. Thanks again for this wonderful find.

  • Jordan (Wayward Girls’ Crafts)

    August 22, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Fun! The tape looks just like cute ribbon!

  • Laney

    August 23, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Those are really cute! Thanks for sharing!

  • Lisa

    August 23, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Lovely! Thanks so much for sharing… it inspired this:

    Mainly, I used string and cardboard shapes tucked in the string.

  • denise sabia

    August 23, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    these are the cutest! So glad I found you! Trying this.
    d e n i s e

  • Nicola

    August 31, 2011 at 2:46 am

    I’m going to try this later but, with a twist! I’m going to cut some vertical slits (so as if you were cutting the tape in small sections) and then weave some ribbon through. I’ll let you know if it works! Thanks for posting the tutorial!

  • Virginia

    August 31, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Wow!, it’s fantastic, I love it, is a nice idea!, Thanks for share it with us.


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    August 31, 2011 at 6:22 pm


  • Sara

    August 31, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Duct tape comes in many designs and sheets now. Just trim it to desired width and then peel back the paper backing to place.

  • Patricia

    September 5, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Love this idea! I think the small paper plates (saucer size) might be cute for treat cups for a child’s birthday party. Think I’ll try it!!

  • Brenda

    September 12, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I’ve booked marked it because I’ve been on the prowl for something my daughter can do. Thanks again from your newest follower:)

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    September 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm

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  • HarmonicMama

    September 14, 2011 at 8:39 am

    So cute. These would be great little baskets for party favors too. Love it!

  • Sylvie Créative

    September 16, 2011 at 10:29 am

    A great diy! Thanks!

  • Suzanne

    September 18, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    This is such an amazing tutorial. So simple, so easy, so perfectly perfect.

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    December 20, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Thanks, it´s really cute!

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    January 5, 2012 at 6:28 am

    This idea is fantastic! I shared it on my Italian blog


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    February 19, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Love your blog!!!

    This idea is in my “to do” list and I just shared in my blog, with your youtube video and the merit you deserve :)

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    March 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    This is such a fabulous project – thanks so much fpr letting me feature it over at TipJunkie!

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  • Kim @ Plumberry Pie

    March 30, 2012 at 9:05 am

    These are so darn cute, I can’t even handle it! Hope to make them someday!!!!!!!!

  • Cee Cee

    April 8, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    I LOVE this idea and you totally saved me — I needed some cute last-minute Easter baskets for my nieces, and these were perfect!! Thanks so much for posting!

    1. Sarah

      April 9, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      Thanks, Cee Cee! Glad they were useful! Hope your nieces loved them!

  • Jen Brown

    April 11, 2012 at 10:30 am

    i just came across your site and this adorable idea. I will be using this in the future when I entertain outdoors! Looking forward to following.

  • Miki

    April 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    What a simple and great idea!

    Hope you’re having a great day! ;D


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    April 26, 2012 at 11:41 pm

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  • Dee

    May 1, 2012 at 10:26 am

    So glad my sister told me about you. Love your idea. May I pass it on to others? Ladies group at church can use this a lot of ways. Thanks again.

    1. Sarah

      May 1, 2012 at 11:28 am

      Dee, you and your ladies group can absolutely use it! I’d love to see photos!

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    May 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    love this…so clever!

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    May 24, 2012 at 5:27 am

    This is an adorable Washi Tape project!

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    July 4, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Love the idea. I couldn’t find myself a paper plate to use & desperately wanted to make one of these immediately when I saw this video so instead I used cardboard & did the same thing with a cardboard circle. Made the gift box & put chocolates in it for a friend. Loved it!

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    July 22, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I was watching one of my favorite cooking shows (Kelsey’s Essentials with Kelsey Nixon) and she mentioned this craft! So glad her show led me to your blog! I love this!

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    I just saw this idea on pinterest. It was not contributed to you, but I knew from the pic it was a stolen idea. I googled paper plate boxes and found you :) I posted a link to your website in the comments section of the pin. And pinned it myself linking back to you.

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    July 8, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    This is such a great idea! Being a big huge fan of sweet treats, I’m going to use these for cookies :D Thanks for the wonderful tutorial :)

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    September 29, 2013 at 8:53 am

    this is a great craft, and looks fun. cant wait to try it with my ladies group ,thanks

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  • Sharolyn

    April 24, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I came across this tutorial and I got really excited. We just moved across country and now, thanks to family and friends, have a pantry shelf covered with disposable plates. LOVE IT! Thank you for sharing. Question: will this work with Styrofoam plates too?

    1. Sarah

      April 24, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      Hi Sharolyn. I haven’t tried this with styrofoam plates, so it’s worth a try, but I think it won’t work since styrofoam plates usually break when they are bent.

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    Great idea! Just wanted to let you know I will be linking (with credit) to this next week on my blog.

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      July 8, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      Thanks so much Lisa!

  • Sarah

    July 24, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Are the baskets about a pint size? I have millions of blackberries growing wild and getting ripe and am looking for a simple (cheap) container to fill and sell.

    1. Sarah

      July 30, 2014 at 11:46 am

      Yes, they are!

  • Adity jain

    September 15, 2014 at 5:17 am

    Hieeee. I just made this and put all my clips in it. Its awesome. ????????????

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