Okay, hands up. We still don't have an Ombar Easter egg available. There's just not enough hours in the day! But with Easter just around the corner we wanted to show you a way to make your Ombar chocolate look a bit more festive.
So we’ve put together this simple guide for a homemade Ombar Easter basket, made from a recycled cardboard box. A lovely activity for a little moment of calm, and a great gift with a personal touch!
What you'll need:
- Basket template available here
- Some Ombar Chocolate (of course!) - either a 35g Ombar or a bag of Ombar Buttons
- Cardboard box (we used a cereal box)
- Sticky tape (any kind will do)
- Paint/ coloured pens to decorate
- An extra Ombar to eat while you're making your basket, obviously
We’ve made two versions of the basket: one for our 35g Ombars and one for our Ombar Buttons. Step 1 is to choose the correct template for the chocolate you would like to make a basket for.
For the 35g Ombar Basket:
When you cut out the template you will have one cross-shaped piece, 3 strip pieces and a longer strip which will be the handle.
For the Ombar Buttons Basket:
- When you cut out the template you will have one cross-shaped piece and 3 strip pieces, one of which will be the handle.
- Note: skip step 7 when you make this basket.
How to Make an Ombar Easter Basket
1. First, cut out the pieces from your basket template.
2. Place the cut outs onto your cardboard and trace around them.
3. Cut out the shapes you've just drawn on your cardboard.
4. This is the most fun bit: paint or decorate your shapes however you want!
5. Taking the cross-shaped piece, fold the flaps in as per the red lines marked on the template.
6. Using one of the strip pieces begin to weave it in and out of the now vertical strips extending from one side of the cross. Fold the strip when you reach the end of one side and then continue to weave it in and out of the vertical strips extending from another side of the cross. Continue until you have woven the strip all the way around. Secure on the inside with a little tape to help.
7. Using another strip, weave it in and out of the vertical strips extending from one side of the cross, on top of the other strip you've just finished weaving, and in the opposite order so that the weave alternates. Continue until you have woven the strip all the way around. Secure on the inside with a little tape to help.
8. Repeat step 6 using the third strip.
9. The vertical ends of the cross piece will still be sticking out the top of the basket. Fold these down over the top horizontal strip in alternating directions.
10. Secure the flaps, that are folded into the inside of the basket, down with tape.
11. Tape either end of your handle piece to the inside of your basket.
12. Et voila! Your own Ombar Easter basket perfect for gifting and Easter Egg hunts!
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