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.
Recycled Art Projects: Brown Paper Easter Basket:
What You Need:
Brown paper – from brown paper bag
Colored Craft Papers
Pencil – to trace the template
Easter Treat Basket Template (attached here)
Candy or Chocolate
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.
7 – Repeat the process for the 3 other sides of the woven pattern to form all 4 corners of the basket.
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.
10 – Bring all the closed ends of the weaving to the same height and glue them to secure the weaving.
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.
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.