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It’s just about farmer’s market season, which is my favorite time of the year!  I love the feeling I get when I go to the market to get produce that is so fresh from local farmers. I grow a fair amount of produce in my garden as well, and this year will be no different. Although Strawberries are one of the first things to pop up in the spring, I am pretty excited for the blueberries to be in season.  They’re my favorite and I could literally each a basket each morning for breakfast.

In preparation for a spring full of fresh fruits and veggies, I created a few of these berry baskets to hold the haul that I bring home or pick. The baskets are quite easy to make and are quite cute too.  You could even use them for a party or as a food filled gift. Want to make your own? You can!

 

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The Balsa wood pieces can just be found at any craft store in their wood crafting area!  Be sure to get the thinnest pieces available!

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You’ll need two pieces of the 4″ wide balsa wood and one piece of the 1″ wide wood.  MEASURE one at 9″ long, then repeat, making the second one just a little longer (about 9 ¼).  Measure the 1″ wide balsa wood at 19″ long.  Cut to size with regular scissors. SOAK all three pieces in a pan of warm water for 10 minutes.  You’ll have to soak both ends of the long piece unless you have a sink/pan that fits 19″.

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LAY the two 4″ pieces over each other forming an ‘X’ put the slightly longer piece on the bottom.  Then, using a straight edge, bend up the ends of the pieces, forming the body of your basket. Then, BEND the 19″ x 1″ piece at 4.5″ intervals.  This will be your top rim piece.  Wrap the body of the basket with the edge piece, securing with a stapler.  You only need 18″ of wood to wrap your basket, so use the extra 1″ to secure the rim and tuck into the beginning of your wrap.

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It turned out pretty cute and I’ve made a whole stack to keep in the garden or to take with me to my local market!

On another berry note, one of my friends told me that they have a blueberry bush and that it’s really easy to maintain and produces quite a lot!  I’m thinking about planing one this year and seeing how it goes!

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  • This is so cute! I love strawberries and they look even more delicious in these wooden baskets!