Easter is coming, and there are few better paper crafts for this springtime holiday than handmade baskets. In this post, we'll share a FREE easter basket template, plus instructions on how to weave mini paper baskets that will have that big and fuzzy bunny hoppin' down the bunny trail and straight to your place so he can fill your little baskets to the brim with decorated eggs, sweets and other Easter treats.
How to make paper Easter baskets
Supplies you'll need:
- Colored paper or lightweight card stock
- The FREE Easter basket template PDF download or SVG die cut files
- Craft glue
- Washi or other low tack tape
Cut and score all of the basket template pieces and set the separate paper strip pieces aside. Fold all of the basket base strips along the score lines around the circle base.
Adhere the five long paper strips to one of the basket base strips with craft glue. The first strip should be glued as close to the circle base as possible. Adhere the first strip on the inside of the basket base strip and the second on the outside, alternating in this fashion for the remainder of the long strips.
Be sure to glue the strips as straight as possible, and glue them as close to each other as you can without overlapping, as shown in the above image.
Weave the first strip around the basket base, alternating from inside to outside as you go around. It's okay if the weaving is loose at this point. We'll tighten it up later.
After you've woven the first long paper strip around the basket base, pull it to tighten it, and tape it to the base with washi or other low tack tape. Again, it doesn't need to be too tight right now because we'll be tightening it up later.
Repeat the weaving method from Step 3 for the remainder of the long paper strips, pushing them toward the bottom of the basket base as you go to tighten them. Adjust the vertical strips that are attached to the base to tighten them as you go, as well.
Tape each end of the long paper strips to the base with washi or other low tack tape to keep them in place as you continue weaving.
Continue to adjust, tighten and straighten the woven paper strips until you're happy with the tightness of the weave. There should be at least 1/4” of non-woven paper at the top of the vertical paper strips when you're finished tightening.
Fold the non-woven ends of the vertical strips over the top of the basket. Alternate from folding the ends over and to the outside of the basket when the horizontal paper strip in front of it is on the outside of the vertical strip to folding the end over and to the inside of the basket when the horizontal paper strip in front of it is on the inside of the vertical strip.
Leave at least two or three of the non-woven ends unglued on the far side of the basket, to the left of where you've taped the ends of the long paper pieces. This will make it easier to make any finishing adjustments in the next step.
Remove the washi tape from the long paper pieces, tighten and adjust as needed, and trim any excess length with scissors. Match the cut ends up with the horizontal woven strip ends on the far side of the basket as well as you can. If they don't line up perfectly, don't worry about it. Remember, real hand woven baskets aren't perfect, either!
Glue the ends to the same strip that you started with in Step 2 to close the basket. I glued the ends in an alternating fashion for uniformity, but you can glue all of them to the outside or the inside of the basket, too, whatever your preference.
Fold and glue the remaining non-woven vertical strip ends to finish the basket.
Take the remaining (shorter) strip of paper that you set aside, add glue to each end, and attach it to the basket to make the handle.
The finished basket is approximately 2” tall (without the handle) by 2.75” wide and will fit plenty of little Easter goodies, including candy, colored eggs and small gifts.
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