by Noreen Doll.
Craft this easy paper basket for Easter favors or a kid’s party.
This quick and easy basket only needs a square of paper, plus a strip for the handle, and some brads to attach the handle.
It’s a great project to do with your kids, or for a class party craft.
There are also a few variations you can use so all the baskets aren’t exactly alike.
What You Need
Square Sheet of Card Stock or Decorative Paper
A 1 inch x 12 inch Strip of Matching or Coordinating Paper
What You Do
1. Cut your card stock or paper into a square. A 9 inch square makes a nice sized basket. A 6 inch square is a good size for favor baskets.
2. Score the square so it is divided into 3 equal squares in both directions – or 3 squares x 3 squares.
3. If you want a decorative edge around the top of your basket, cut 2 opposite sides of the basket with decorative scissors as shown.
4. Cut on lines as shown in red. If you make decorative edges, these red cut lines should be parallel to the decorative edges.
5. Fold the paper on all the score lines, with the decorative side on the outside.
6. Punch a hole in the center of each end of the basket handle about an inch from the end.
7. For the angled basket, fold the two corner squares so they overlap each other and the center square on one side of the basket. The center square should be on the inside of the corner squares.
Punch a hole in the center about an inch down from the top, through all 3 squares.
8. Put one end of the handle between the 2 corner squares and the center square, and attach a brad through all the layers.
9. Repeat with the other side. Your basket is finished.
10. For a square basket, completely overlap all the squares to form a square shape, before punching a hole through all 3 layers to attach the handle
Be sure to put the end of the handle between the layers to make it a little sturdier.
Use a pipe cleaner for the handle instead of a paper strip.
For a paper handle, be sure the paper strip is long enough. On this basket it was a little too short, which makes it hard to put things in the basket, and it looks kind of funky.
Using card stock or cardboard will make the basket sturdier. You could use the side of a cereal or cracker box and cover it with decorative paper.