Mini 3D paper Watermelon Picnic Basket

Every picnic needs a picnic basket, and what’s a picnic without watermelon? Combining the two, I created this 3D mini DIY watermelon picnic basket from cardstock and a few basic supplies.

And I couldn’t help but make a tutorial with pictures for my Crafties! See below for that!

For the entire month of August, Crafting By Designs is having an Anything Goes Challenge! Create anything and play along with us! We were sponsored by WeR3 digital shop, and I decided to create my project with the Watermelon Cupcake digi stamp.

watermelon picnic basket

Digital stamps can easily be added onto your projects. Curious about how to use digital stamps? Click to read this useful guide to using digital stamps!

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Ready to make some 3D picnic baskets? See below for the step-by-step instructions with pictures to guide you. Have fun!

Steps to create a mini 3D watermelon Picnic Basket

Make the main basket

You will need just one 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of green cardstock.

  • Cut 8 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ for main basket piece.
  • From the leftover section of green, cut two 1/2″ x 6 3/4″ strips for the basket brim edges and put aside. Next cut a 2 5/8″ square; You’ll be using this square next as a template. From 2 opposing corners of the square, cut out 1/2″ x 1/4″ notches as shown in the picture. I marked one of the other corners as “C” for corner of your main basket piece.

3D mini paper picnic basket template creation

  • Place your notched square over your main basket piece, with the C in the corner, and trace your square(ish) template. Do this for all 4 corners, with the C in each corner, as show in the picture.

TIP: If you want to make multiple baskets, this is the point where you can simply trace this onto another piece of cardstock and make as many as you want.

BONUS TIP: Adding texture to the basket is easiest here as it is a flat piece still. Stamp or use an embossing folder to add “basket weave” texture would give this picnic basket extra flair!

3D mini paper picnic basket template creation

  • Now you can just use scissors to cut out your basket.

Cut the handle

  • From the remaining piece of leftover, cut a 1/2″ x 6″ strip for the basket handle.

3D mini paper picnic basket template

  • Score 4 lines on main basket piece, each lined up to the top tab edges.

3D mini paper picnic basket template scored

  • Fold up the basket sides. Yay, it’s started to look like a picnic basket!
  • Take your Basket brim strips, score at 3/4″ and 2 1/8″(which leaves the center section is 3 7/8″). Place your handle from one long side of the basket across to the other long side, and use tear tape to secure the brim pieces OVER each end of the handle.
  • Next, poke 2 holes for the brads through the handles/brim/basket. Now you can secure the structure by putting the brads in.

3D mini paper picnic basket template creation

  • Lastly, tape the ends of the brim strips over the sides of the basket.

3D mini paper picnic basket

Decorate the Picnic Basket

  • Print out the digital watermelon cupcake at 3 1/4″ tall onto white cardstock. Fussy-cut out, and adhere onto a side of your picnic basket.
  • On a narrow strip of white cardstock, stamp or write a sweet sentiment for your recipient.
  • To make the watermelon tissue paper, use a half sheet of red tissue paper and create raindrop-shaped marks over the entire piece with a black marker.

watermelon picnic basket

Fill with a real cupcake, or watermelon gummies!


Paper Snips




Tear & Tape Adhesive


Metallic Brads





Red Tissue Paper

Imagine a bunch of these together on a table waiting for guests as party favors. How fun would that be to see at a summer picnic?

With this paper project, I’m playing along with the Creative Cottage Challenge #120 – Summer.

Thanks for stopping by to check out this 3D papercraft tutorial. Happy Crafting!!

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