Conversation Heart Paper Plate Baskets

Yes!  I am still hooked on Valentines’ Day!  And yes!  I am still on a paper craft kick!  And yes!  This might be the cutest most inexpensive giftable EVER!  (Okay, and yes!  That might have been an excessive use of exclamation points!)

I am so excited to show you this cute and quick craft tutorial for this week’s {create this}!! 

conversation heart paper plate baskets!! 

… and just in time to put some together for a playdate, treat your co-workers, fill with goodies for class room parties,  or show a certain someone that you want them to “be mine”!

These were inspired by the tutorial found here (pinned on my “giftable stuff” Pinterest board) and I simplified it just a little.   **Updated:  the idea I pinned was originally inspired by a Martha Stewart idea … of course!  Long live the queen of all things crafty!**

I’ll try to detail the steps I followed in words and pictures!

Cut a piece of cardstock or heavy paper into a 3 in x 3 in square.  This will be the size of the bottom of your baskets.  Adjust if necessary depending on the size of your plates. 

Now, flip your plate over and center your template.  Trace your template lightly with a pencil. 

Using a ruler, extend one of the corners of the square by lightly drawing a line to the edge of the plate.  Rotate your plate and extend the next corner, the next and the next until you have drawn four lines.

Cut on the lines you extended – careful not to cut into the square you traced from your template. (Forgot to take a picture of this – oops!)

Fold each flap toward the center of the plate and make a nice sharp crease.

Next, fold the small triangle-ish corner of each flap as well.  You should see the sides of the basket formed and a small flap to tuck in.

Put adhesive on the small flaps and begin to fold them up, tucking them in and adhering them to the inside of the basket as you go.

Ta-da … a paper plate basket!!  So stinkin’ simple and oh-so-adorable!!

And since it is the time of all things lovey dovey and the perfect time to give everyone around you a sweet little something … let’s decorate these for Valentine’s Day!!

I inked all of the edges of the basket and then added a paper conversation heart tied on with ribbon, twine or thread.  LOVE the little messages … “be mine”, “luv u” and “xoxo”. 

These are quick and inexpensive to make, so you could easily make enough for a classroom of deserving kiddos, an office full of co-workers or for your next ladies’ get together.  Fill these with trinkets, treats or treasures!!

Hope you were inspired to {create this}!!


  1. Keri, these are absolutely adorable! I am a little crazy about Valentines this year too…thank you for another great gift idea!!

  2. Super cute! And I love that you inked the edges-i kind of do that to everything too:)

  3. Keri this is so cute. i am so not crafty but am going to try this…love it

  4. Hey Keri….how cute are these? Love ‘em!

    Hope all is well and that Chris is feeling better.


  5. Such a cute idea. Just found your blog for the first time today and will be stopping back again soon…

  6. This is sooooooooo clever!! LOVE it!! I’d love for you to share it over at TGIF ( I know my readers would love it too!!
    Have a GREAT weekend,
    Beth =-)

  7. These are so cute! I hope you will link up to my I Heart Projects Linky Party.

  8. What a great idea, Keri!!! I love how these are made from paper plates… so frugal! Thanks for linking them up!

  9. Great idea! Love your hearts on them.

  10. Wow, so cute!! Never would have thought to use a plate like that!!

  11. These are so cute and sooo creative!

  12. We are hosting our first Kitchen Fun and Crafty link party next Friday and would love for you to share this! Feel free to stop by and grab a party button!

  13. What a great idea and so many possibilities. I can see these as Easter baskets or holding favors for a shower etc. Thanks so much for sharing at this week’s BFF Open House!

  14. Great idea! I host a weekly meme called Thematic Thursday. Each week has a theme and this would be perfect for this week’s Valentine’s theme.

  15. I love your little treat holder. They could be used for so many holidays! Thank you very much for linking up and linking back to catch as catch can!

  16. These are so cute!! I can think of about 100 uses. And I love, love, love the inked edges!! Would be delighted for you to share this at Mop it Up Mondays:

    (your newest follower)

  17. So cute!! I would love for you to link up to my Valentines Party @!

  18. What a great idea! I can think of lots of uses for these! Thanks for sharing!

  19. this is AMAZING! never would have thought of this.
    thanks for sharing!
    {love} lauryn @

  20. Clever, practical, inexpensive, Brilliant! Bravo!!!
    <3 Christina

  21. How cute! Super easy and super inexpensive. Would be great for anything! Just personalize it for the party or holiday coming up. Great idea!

  22. pinning this! Thanks. I’d love for you to come link it up to my party. You can win a 3 pack from Sew Sweet patterns just for linking up.

  23. Great idea and they look really cute. Would love for you to link this up to my Craftastic party:)

  24. This is so clever and inexpensive! I’d love for you to share this at Mix it up Monday:

    I hope to see you soon:)

  25. These are adorable and I love how you can adapt them for various occasions. Genius! Pinning this now! I am a new Pinterest follower visiting from Someday Crafts. Vicky from Mess For Less

  26. Saw these over at HoH- too cute! These would make a great project for Sunday School- thanks!

  27. What an awesome idea! Super cheap, super easy, and super adorable… just my style! Thanks for sharing!

    Found you on Momnivore’s Dilemma
    Visiting from Well Rounded,

  28. How cute and simple are those!!! I love cheap crafts that have a huge impact! Thank you so much for sharing on Trick or Treat Tuesday!!!

  29. I’m so glad I saw this! I’m going to do this for my kids. I love how simple and yet how cute it is. I always have those kind of paper plates too. I just pinned it. I’d love for you to share this at my very first link party.

  30. Such a cute idea! Love it! I’m featuring this at Grab my “featured” button.

  31. Oh my goodness these are awesome! You should come link it up at my link party!
    I can’t wait to try this for Easter.

    Amanda Joy
    Joy in the Jumble

  32. Love this! Definitely doing this one with my daughter this weekend! Saw you on Someday Crafts. Now following you, excited to see more. Thanks for sharing!

    ~Jess @

  33. cute! we featured you on our Facebook Wall today! :)

  34. The idea that u were “inspired” from is an idea “inspired” from Martha Stewart Magazine July 2011 issue. Give credit where credit is due!

    • I certainly never claimed the original idea was mine … and I did include the pin on Pinterest I was inspired by. I have updated this post to include that Martha was the genius behind this idea. Thanks for the suggestion.

  35. I love this! So cute! I saw this on Skip to My Lou I would love it if you would share this with our readers too for Fun Stuff Fridays!

  36. Those are so cute!! I love them! Thanks for sharing this too at Thursday’s Temptation.

  37. These are so cute. I will make them with my little day care kids.

  38. L-O-V-E this and pinning it!!! :)

  39. I Love this and will be using it lots!!! Thank you for sharing it with us!!! Blessings

  40. This is so fantastic!!! I featured you today!! Thank you!

  41. This is so cute! I love it, what a great idea!

  42. That paper plate basket is so incredible!! So impressed here. Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  43. Just wanted to let you know that I featured this today from the Show & Share party. Thanks for linking up!

  44. Featuring you tonight over on my blog. You were one of the top viewed links at last week’s party. Congrats!!! :)

    Ginger @

  45. Love these! Featuring them on the next Crafty Soiree, thank you for linking up!

  46. So impressive! I would LOVE for you to share this awesome mommy solution in my Mommy Club link up! Or any other ideas. Stop over!


  47. I used this tutorial for last minute easter baskets! Thank you :) Linked back to you here:

  48. I was looking for little baskets to put heart-shaped cookies for our anniversary, you saved my life! I just had two pink paper plates in my kitchen, it looks amazing!
    Thank you =)

  49. These are sooo cute! And very inexpensive to make. I love them. Linking back, and sharing. Thanks for sharing your adorable little baskets.


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