How to make a simple paper basket for Easter

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Super fun and easy Easter Baskets made from one sheet of paper. This simple paper basket is super easy to make from scratch and can be used for Easter and beyond (wouldn’t they make lovely Mother’s Day baskets too?! Learn how to make a paper basket and use it all year round!

easy paper baskets for Easter with bunny and chick
You can make these paper Easter baskets from scratch or use our handy template & worksheets

These little Easter baskets are perfect for a simple Easter egg hunt (especially if involving chocolate eggs), but are also lovely for decorating the Easter table/ Easter brunch or giving Easter candy to friends! I love the use of pastel colours this time of year. Put Easter grass, ribbons and add a chocolate Easter bunny inside to gift and decorate! Such a fun Easter basket-crafting DIY. If crafting with younger kids, such as toddlers and preschoolers, they will love to decorate these paper baskets with stickers and gems!

Though we have decorated our baskets as Easter Baskets here.. why not draw inspiration from this Easter basket idea and see how else you could decorate it? Maybe with a flower for mother’s day or a ghoulish Frankenstein for Halloween? One great paper basket… that you can use all year around!

Whatever time of year you choose to make these, kids will love to make this fun and easy craft and fill the little baskets with treats and small gifts!

These easy Easter Baskets where first featured in my Easy Paper Projects book! Why not grab yourself a copy today? Or even better.. grab two copies and gift one to a friend? A unique book that only needs, paper, light cardstock and stationery to make everything in it!

Supplies needed to make these easy paper baskets

These DIY Easter baskets are super easy to make and use basic supplies – making a great craft for the classroom or at home! If working in the classroom, you may wish to take advantage of our printable templates too! Though I prefer working from scratch as you can make a slightly bigger basket to fit the hole piece of paper/ card!

  • Light cardstock is ideal, though paper will work too
  • Scraps of paper for decorating

additional tools to use

  • Scissors
  • Ruler (if making your own template! but printables are available in my TPT store!)
  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Stapler
  • Glue stick

If you wish to have today’s instructions in a printable worksheet format PLUS make use of the paper basket template, please do head to my TPT store, where you can download this craft, and support this website with your purchase! Please note: the printable is ONLY the basic basket and does not include the bunny face or chick face – we encourage the children to design and make their own!

How to make an Easter basket or (Mother’s Day Basket) – Tutorial

Make your own template

Let’s begin this basket craft by making your own template!

draw a grid of 3 x 3 squares

This is a craft that benefits from accuracy – so try and work as neatly as you can.  Measure out the side of paper (here it is 21cm) and draw a square the same width. Then divide into three parts across the square (in this case 7cm). Cut off the edge of the paper (but save this, you will need it for the basket handle later).

fold the sides of your paper basket

Using the lines to guide you, make two cuts into either side. Fold these up.

thre strips

The four squares in each corner, need to now be divided into three equal with strips. Draw these and then cut.

Assembling the basic paper basket

connecting the sides of the paper basket

Take these 3 strips – align the top one with the side panel and arrange the others below. Hold tight.

secure the basket sides

Repeat on the other side, until all three strips meet in the centre panel and staple in place. Use two staples if you need.

basic basket basin is done

Repeat for the other side. Your basic basket shape is finished.

Add a handle to your basket

attached a handle

Cut a 3cm strip from the remaining paper and staple in place to make a basket handle. Your basket is now finished and just needs decorating!

Decorate your basket to make it into an Easter Basket

cut out shapes for a chick

Make Easter decorations. Cut out basic shapes to make a chick or an Easter bunny. Here we have a chick and we cut and oval face, a triangular beak, round rosy cheeks and little “almost” heart shaped feet. Plus a quiff.

assemble your paper chick

Stick with simple shapes to create adorable chicks and bunnies! Ovals, circles, triangles…

finished Easter basket
Perfect for anyone that loves chick crafts!

Glue the shapes together and add to your basket! Your Easter Baskets are now ready.

adorable Easter Baskets
Here you can see our bunny basket version too!

You can feel these little baskets with some Easter grass and then pop some some Easter eggs in it! Last year, we will our baskets with Easter candies and and treats, wrapped them up in a box and sent some homebaked Easter treats to family!

Easter Afternoon Tea

How would you turn these into Mother’s Day basket? Or maybe make a little Valentine’s Day basket? Adapting this craft for different seasons is easy! Just add a pretty paper flower to Mother’s Day and maybe a nice heart for Valentine’s? Easy! Or maybe you would like to turn it into a unicorn basket for a unicorn party? One paper basket craft, lots of opportunities!

Love this paper craft? Want more easy Paper Project ideas? Do check out my special book – available from major retailers online, or in our ebay shop:

easy paper projects book

Fancy more lovely Paper Easter Crafts – take a peak here:

Paper Easter Crafts & Printables
easy easter basket diy
Aren’t these the cutest little paper baskets for Easter?