Wednesday, March 29, 2017

DIY Easter Baskets

DIY Easter basket

My family has a tradition of making our own Easter baskets every year. I love them for many, many reasons, which you can read about here: why I love homemade Easter Baskets!
They are very easy to make. Here's the instructions.

1. Gather Supplies
colored poster board
(I have 11x14 sheets pictured here, but you can scale it up or down)
ruler
scissors
stapler
stickers
markers 
(optional)

Easter basket supplies.

2. Make a Pattern.
Using the image below, trace a pattern onto your poster board. The long vertical piece becomes the handle and the square becomes the basket itself. You can make the "bowl" of the basket deeper or more shallow by adjusting where your cut lines are. For this example we marked two and a half inches from each corner and drew our lines. Now cut carefully.
Tip: the handle is rectangular, but we have also cut it into a zig zag or wavy pattern in the past, which is fun. Customize it to your preferences.

Easter Basket template

3. Folding.
Fold in the opposite sides as shown below and then flip it over.

DIY Easter Basket folding instructions.

4. Embellish.
Using stickers or markers, decorate your baskets. Not every section will be visible after it is assembled, so be sure to only color in the sections marked with a sticker in the below photo. 
Just a word to the wise, as you look at this photo, realize that the center box will become the bottom of the basket once assembled. Each side will then fold upwards accordingly, so if you are writing words or designs make sure you are aligning them correctly so your words don't end up being upside down after assembled.  I usually start in the top center section, add my embellishments and then rotate clockwise until each section is done. 
Then you flip over the entire basket, fold in the sides and staple. 
Decorate your handle and staple that on too. 
Then fill with Easter grass and enjoy.

Decorating your Easter Basket

DIY Easter Basket

25 comments:

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    1. Thank you! They really are kind of fun. My kids love making them.

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  2. I remember our kids making baskets when they were young, for Easter egg collecting. I have a feeling they just keep them & reused them year after year until they fell apart though! I don't remember them being as pretty as these, such a lovely idea.

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    1. Thank you. We always dye eggs and make baskets the same day. With 6 kids helping the eggs don't take very long, so they enjoy the basket project, too.

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  3. Stopping by from Sunday's Best. These are adorable, and a great craft to make with the kids. I'm pinning this one.

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    1. Thank you and thanks for the pin!

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  4. Stopping by from Sunday's Best. Cute craft idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Such a fun project for little ones! Thanks for sharing on Funtastic Friday!

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  6. Love homemade Easter baskets! So cute and fun to make! Thanks for sharing ypurs with us at Brag About It! Pinned :)

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  7. What a fun craft to do with the kids! Thanks for linking up at Merry Monday. :)

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  8. What a cute craft! my kids would love these. I would love if you linked up at our new link party #iDIYed that. Visit my blog to link at www.repurposeandupcycle.com

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    1. I'll check it out! Thanks for coming!

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  9. I really love this idea. When my kids were still little, I preferred to either select something that could be used in a different way later (like a toy bucket) or to make them homemade rather than one more basket in the house I'd always promise to use year after year and then could never find. hah! Thanks for sharing with Awesome Life Friday!

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    1. I love that they are disposable! The kids have fun making them, they carry them around for a week or two and when they get ripped up we toss them. I love that I don't have to store them.

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  10. I love this idea! Usually the baskets or whatever I decided to put their loot in gets thrown in the corner and just takes up room. I love that these are disposable too. Thanks for sharing at Ravenwould.

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  11. These projects are so much fun for kids of all ages. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg :)

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  12. Such cute homemade Easter basket Julie

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  13. These are cute and fun! Thanks for sharing at the Monday Funday Party. - Emily

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  14. This is a great tutorial! Thank you! I've been looking for a template for baskets for a while! #MakeItLinky

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