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Recycled Art Projects: Brown Paper Easter Basket

Recycled art projects can be fun and time-consuming, AND, festive!

We love doing recycled art projects from materials found right at home. These Brown Paper Bag DIY Easter Treat Baskets are perfect for a kids Easter craft.

How are you all doing today?

We’re doing ok here. This is week 3 of being at home, and there are still so many adjustments. Now this is an old craft I did years ago, but somehow never shared it here. The other day I was wondering if my kids have Easter baskets. I know Scarlet does but I was wondering if Des did. And I knew that if he doesn’t, I wasn’t going to go to a store and get one. I was going to make my own! This craft is really fun because you can use materials you have around the house – including those brown paper bags in your recycling bin. It’s that easy! And even if you have great big baskets like we do, you can still use these for treats or Easter Egg Hunts around the house.

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Recycled Art Projects: Brown Paper Easter Basket:

What You Need:

Brown paper – from brown paper bag
Colored Craft Papers
Scissors
Craft Glue
Pencil – to trace the template
Easter Treat Basket Template (attached here)
Candy or Chocolate

craft ingredients needed

What You Do:

1 – Cut brown paper bag into strips of 3 cm wide and as long as it can be – to create mini basket you can use the template pattern attached above.

2 – Fold the width of the strips 3 times, thus creating 1 cm wide strips. You’ll need even number of strips to make this basket, and we’ll be using 8 strips for this project.

3 – Lay out 4 strips vertically and weave the 5th strip horizontally, over and under the 4 strips.

4 – Take the rest of the strips (3 more) and weave over and under the first four strips – if a strip is woven over a strip, the strip on the next line should be woven under that strip.

5 – Tighten the weave carefully and glue the overlapping strips on each corner to secure the weave. Notice strips 1 and 2 in this step.

6 – Fold up strip over strip 2. This weave will form a corner – now continue weaving over and under with the strips on both sides of the strips 1 and 2.

We love doing recycled art projects from materials found right at home. These Brown Paper Bag DIY Easter Treat Baskets are perfect for a kids Easter craft.

7 – Repeat the process for the 3 other sides of the woven pattern to form all 4 corners of the basket.

We love doing recycled art projects from materials found right at home. These Brown Paper Bag DIY Easter Treat Baskets are perfect for a kids Easter craft.

You’re halfway done!

8 – The basket should now look something like this after weaving all 4 corners, and then continue upwards by simply weaving over and under.

9 – Find out the weave with the shortest height. Fold the strip inside if there’s any amount remaining after weaving, or simply glue the strips together to secure the weaving.

We love doing recycled art projects from materials found right at home. These Brown Paper Bag DIY Easter Treat Baskets are perfect for a kids Easter craft.

10 – Bring all the closed ends of the weaving to the same height and glue them to secure the weaving.

We love doing recycled art projects from materials found right at home. These Brown Paper Bag DIY Easter Treat Baskets are perfect for a kids Easter craft.

11 – Trace and cut out the scallop border pattern from the template, and then select 4-5 colored craft papers and cut out small square pieces from them.

12 – Glue the small square patterns on the scallop border.

We love doing recycled art projects from materials found right at home. These Brown Paper Bag DIY Easter Treat Baskets are perfect for a kids Easter craft.

13 – Glue the scallop border around the basket. Cut some thin strips of colored craft papers and put them inside the basket and then place the candy or chocolate inside it.

We love doing recycled art projects from materials found right at home. These Brown Paper Bag DIY Easter Treat Baskets are perfect for a kids Easter craft.

And that’s it! It requires patience and time, and those are important things right now!

So do you love recycled art projects too?

We love doing recycled art projects from materials found right at home. These Brown Paper Bag DIY Easter Treat Baskets are perfect for a kids Easter craft.

We love doing recycled art projects from materials found right at home. These Brown Paper Bag DIY Easter Treat Baskets are perfect for a kids Easter craft.

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5 Comments

  1. Great job!!!! This is an old fashioned basket like I taught my students in another lifetime. Scarlet has a Beatrix Potter basket but Des has a Michaels one that the letters kept falling off and perhaps got discarded or used for Lego storage!!! I will be buying more baskets!!!

  2. This is adorable and I totally have all of this! We went out over a month ago and bought candy for baskets. Eddie found the stash and almost destroyed it and himself, but he was thwarted in his dastardly deeds!

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