How to Make a Bread Basket

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I love serving bread, which always looks better in a nice-looking bread basket. Here is a DIY to make your own!

Bread baskets make great craft projects for anyone looking for a simple way to add a touch of personality to their home. In this post, I’ll show you how to make a quick and easy bread basket and share my favorite recipe for French bread. Keep reading for all of the details you need to make your own!

How to Make a Bread Basket DIY

Bread Basket DIY

How to Make a Bread Basket DIY

I don’t know why this is, but I don’t own a bread basket like this. It’s such an excellent item to have, but every time I make my bread recipe, I end up serving this warm, fresh bread on a cutting board.

Earlier this year I made a jute rope basket for flowers and I liked the method so much that I decided to make a bread basket.

I knew I had some of the thick white cotton piping upstairs in my craft room storage so I thought it would be fun to use that instead.

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A Handmade Bread Basket

How to Make a Bread Basket DIY

I love how this came out. I always throw a napkin in the basket, but it is lined with cellophane, which makes it so practical.

The trickiest part of this DIY was finding a cardboard box shaped like the bread basket I wanted to make. I don’t even think they exist.

So I made one.

Yes, I made a cardboard box and a basket.

Bread Basket DIY

You can see both the box and the basket above. (And just so you know, I will keep the box so I can make a few more baskets!)

Bread Basket DIY

Isn’t it funny to see the box and the basket side by side?

How to Make a Box for the Bread Basket

I had a lot of ideas about how I could make a cardboard box with curved edges.

This was not what I had intended, but it came to me at the last minute and worked really well!

  • one – Find a box that is close to the size you want. Just know that the shorter ends will be cut so that they can curve. Cut the box so that the height is slightly taller than the finished size of your basket.
  • two – Open up the bottom of the box and cut down the side flaps by 50% in height. Cut the bottoms of the side flaps into 1″ sections.
  • three – Fold the sides of the box to match along the 1″ cuts.
  • four – On the bottom of the box, pull the bottom flaps so that they cross over. I crossed them over by about 2″. Seal with packing tape, make sure to keep the flaps straight on the sides when you tape the bottom.
  • five – Make sure that the bottom flaps of the sides are resting on top of each other, and adjust the side of the box to the curve that you want. Do the same to both sides. Hint: If the sides won’t curve easily, the 1″ flaps are probably stuck together.
  • six – Use more packing tape to secure the bottom flaps on the sides. Tape on both sides.

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Bread Basket DIY Steps

DIY Bread Basket Materials

Here is what you need to make this basket.

A cardboard box

One roll of rope


Glue gun and glue sticks

Packing tape

Ten Steps to Make a Bread Basket

  • one – The first step you need to do is wrap the box in cellophane so that you can glue the rope to the cellophane and then slip the cellophane and rope basket off of the box.
  • two – Wrap the box with the cellophane tightly and securely, just make sure that the cellophane can slip off the box when you are done. I added scotch tape to hold the cellophane along the top and then removed it when it was time to take the basket off of the box.
  • three – Start adding the rope to the bottom of the basket. Start on the outside of the bottom of the box, gluing the rope with a hot glue gun. The first row should actually be placed on the side of the bottom of the basket so the first row of rope on the sides can sit on top of it. After the outside row is glued, continue adding rope while working into the center.
  • four – Adding the rope to the bottom actually goes very fast. Ensure the rope is touching the sides as you keep gluing.
  • five – Once finished, cut the rope and secure it with more glue.
  • six – Start adding the rope on the sides just as you did the bottom, continuing to wrap around the box.
  • seven – Continue gluing the rope.
  • eight – Once you are at your desired height with the rope, count the rows on each side to ensure they are even. End the rope at the same place you started.
  • nine – Remove the tape that is holding the cellophane to the box and gently pull the basket off of the box.
Bread Basket DIY

You can see in this photo how similar my basket is to the box! Grab a pair of scissors and cut off the extra cellophane along the top.

That’s all you have to do!

How to Make a Bread Basket DIY

If you want to make easy and delicious French bread, be sure to use my recipe. It’s an easy yeast recipe that comes out great every single time. (Make sure your yeast is fresh and not expired!)

Yield: two loaves

The Best French Bread

homemade bread

This is the best tasting french bread ever!

Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes


  • 2 1/4 cups warm water
  • 2 tbl sugar
  • 1 tbl instant or active dry yeast (one packet)
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbl olive oil
  • 6 cups bread flour


Attach the dough hook to an electric stand mixer and add the warm water, sugar, and yeast. Let sit for three to five minutes.

Add the salt, oil and half (3 cups) of flour. Mix for one minute. Add the remaining three cups of flour, one-quarter cup at a time. You want the consistency of dough which isn't sticky to your fingers. If it is too wet, add a bit of flour until it won't stick to your fingers. Knead in the mixer for three to four minutes.

Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl and cover with greased plastic wrap. Let the dough rise for about an hour until doubled.

Remove the dough and place on a lightly greased surface (I used parchment paper with cooking spray). Pat each half portion into a thick rectangle, approximately 10X14-inches. Roll the dough in jelly-roll style, starting from the long edge. Press out any air bubbles. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, seam side down.

Take a sharp knife and slice cuts diagonally about 2" apart. Cover with greased plastic wrap and let the loaves rise for about an hour until they are nearly double in size.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and bake on the center rack.

Bake for 20 - 25 minutes until golden brown and on top.

Serve warm with butter.

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  1. This was such a fun post to see! I make rope bowls by sewing them and look forward to trying the glue method! AND I cannot wait to try the bread. What a sweet gift idea as well.

  2. This is just a fabulous idea! My mind is already going crazy thinking of all the things I could put inside for gifts! Thank you for sharing your talent!!!

  3. Do you apply the hot glue to the plastic wrap or the rope? Won’t the hot glue melt the plastic? Do you apply glue to the lengths of the rope to keep them snugged together? Great result but I am not sure what to do. Help!

  4. Great project and recipe! I would keep that box form (upside down) and store the rope basket over it to keep shape…maybe in a large plastic bag?

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