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Pleated Ribbon Basket

A length of fabric can update your wedding flowers three times over. Fasten folds of it to a flower girl's basket, and fill it with fluffy, inexpensive carnation petals.
Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2011

Tools & Supplies:

  • Clear round plastic container (#830233; 3 3/4 inches tall by 3 1/4 inches across; papermart.com)
  • 2.5 yards Mokuba New York 50mm pleated ribbon #4640, color 2 ($49/yd, 212-869-8900)
  • Magna-Tac 809 Permanent Adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Basket with extra-tall bamboo or wood handle, 5 1/2 inches across (such as Bamboo Oval Birthday Basket Stained, DL5517STN; directfloral.com)
  • Gardening shears
  • 1 yard Mokuba New York taffeta ribbon (to match pleated ribbon; #4595, 100mm wide, color 2, from $29.50/yd; 212-869-8900), or other fabric or paper to cover bottom of flower basket

Pleated Ribbon Basket How-To:

  1. Apply a thin line of Magna-Tac adhesive partway around the plastic container on the side, very close to the bottom edge. Fold the pleated ribbon in half, and press the center section into the line of adhesive. Hold briefly to set.
  2. Continue around the container, making a tight spiral up the sides with the glue and ribbon. Work in short sections (about a third of the way around the container at a time), since the adhesive will set quickly. The top section of your ribbon will want to stick up; simply fold it down once the spiral starts to overlap.
  3. Once you get to the top, snip upward through the bottom half of the ribbon to the center. Lift that flap up and over the edge of the container to the inside, and fold the top of the ribbon toward the outside to cover the edge. Glue the bottom half of the ribbon to the inside of the container, all the way around the rim. If the top half of the ribbon does not want to stay folded to cover the rim, secure it with a dot or two of Magna-Tac.
  4. To attach the handle, first make tabs and fasten them to the bottom of the basket: Use the gardening shears to cut a flat piece of woven material from the basket into two sections about 2 1/2 to 3 inches long. Glue these to the underside of the container, positioning them opposite each other with their ends extending about 1/4 inch beyond the pleated ribbon (the tabs should extend only the same distance as the thickness of the basket handle).
  5. Once those attachment tabs have set, glue the ends of the basket handle to the tops of the attachment tabs, and hold in place until set. The basket handle should just graze the edges of the pleated ribbon without disturbing their appearance. (If your basket handle is very springy and wants to pull away from the tabs, consider using a hot-glue gun, since that glue sets very rapidly.)
  6. Cut a piece of matching taffeta ribbon (or use another fabric or paper) into a 3 1/4-inch circle to cover the bottom of the container. Anchor with a tiny dot of Magna-Tac adhesive.