Easy Paper Basket

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.

And here’s a way to make your own DIY Easy Easter Basket Grass.

What You Need

Square Sheet of Card Stock or Decorative Paper

A 1 inch x 12 inch Strip of Matching or Coordinating Paper

2 Brads


Scoring Tool

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.

Noreen Doll

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  1. Oh how fun! I love those papers…so springy looking!
    thanks again for joining me for Pearls and Lace Thursday!

  2. How cute are those! Wouldn’t it be great to make one for each guest at the Easter table? Thanks for sharing.


  3. I love this and what a great tutorial. I am pinning it. I hope you will come link it up to The CSI Project. The challenge is embossing and paper crafts.

  4. I saw something very similar on the SEI Lifestyle blog and made them. They are super easy and fun to make!

  5. I love these! Can’t wait to make them.

    I would love it if you added your baskets to my Easter Inspiration Party!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Really cute little baskets. Now who could I make them for? Hmm. Thanks for sharing. Linda

  7. I really like this basket!! Thanks for sharing at Things I’ve Done Thursday!

  8. Cute Baskets and I’m off to make one now. Thank You

  9. This is a sweet little project for the kids.

  10. You made it look really easy, so pretty.!

    My Pink, have a great weekend.

  11. I’ve made these before! They are so easy and quick, yet they are so cute for Easter goodies. Happy Pink Saturday. ~Marti

  12. So cute! Great tutorial! :)

  13. Karen Howard says:

    These Baskets are adorable. Thanks for sharing them. Happy Easter. : D

  14. I have never been good at craft work. I do enjoy seeing what others create. This is a simple and neat little basket.

  15. You are one crafty girl, and your baskets are so cute. Sounds like a really cute and simple project, and you provided a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best!

  16. A great and affordable idea for Easter gifting. Thanks for sharing on this week’s BeColorful

  17. This is just too adorable & so simple. I love it.. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Sharing Saturday. hope to see you again next week.

  18. So cute. Thanks for sharing at Handmade Tuesdays. I remember making something like this in Sunday School as a little girl!

  19. What a beautiful and simple Easter idea! If you’d like another place to share it I’m hosting a link party today with a few fellow bloggers. It’s all about the easy peasy, super simple tips and projects. I’d be great to see you linked up. :)

  20. This is such a great idea! Thanks for the easy instructions! Would you be willing to link this up to my Springtime Holiday Link Party? I’d love to have you! Thanks, Michelle

  21. Tara@Tales of a Trophy WIfe says:

    Pinning this one too!

  22. This is such a great easy and peasy project! I’ll be pinning …

    Thanks so much for linking it up at our “It’s a Cinch” party!

  23. I am going to make these for MC!!!
    THANK you for linking up!!

  24. Great tutorial, it makes it look very simple! I made some like that in the past but mine were out of larger sized paper. I think your smaller versions are much cuter. Plus the bigger size kinda got a little flimsy. Maybe I should revisit this project idea and try them in the same scale you did.

    Thank you for sharing.

  25. Thank you so much for linking up. :)

  26. So cute and simple! Maybe I’ll have my kids make some for their teachers for Easter. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Just Winging It says:

    Thank you for participating in Show Your Stuff Blog Hop.

  28. how fabulous are these and perfect for school parties and MORE!!!! thanks so much for linking up with us at it’s a cinch…hugs…andrea

  29. Very sweet! I followed you from “Let the Children Play”. Here is my playtime activity:

  30. A great tutorial – very clear and concise. My favorite is the angled one. This is a wonderfully cute idea for a multitude of projects.

  31. I love this cute basket idea and plan to stamp my own paper using some Easter stamps I have! TFS.

  32. These are so adorable!

  33. So cute, I have made in the past the small boxes out of x-mas cards. Love the little baskets. i will pin andi

  34. These little baskets are so sweet! I can’t wait to try these. And, so fun to personalize each one! Love it. Thank you for the tutorial :)

  35. What a nice and quick crafting idea – thanks for sharing.

  36. Wow, these are so cute. Great idea and tutorial. Found you at The Gathering Spot.
    Have a nice week,

  37. Thanks for the tutorial! Thanks for sharing at my Twirl & Take a Bow Party! Have a great week.
    House on the Way

  38. These look great and very doable. Thanks. Pinned it.

  39. Debbie @ http://kidsbibledebjackson.blogspot.com/ says:

    Great idea! Pinned it! Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!

  40. Thanks for sharing, you laid it out so nicely and made it easy to recreate!

  41. I love all of your cute baskets and ideas for variation! So fun! Thanks for the great tutorial.

  42. These are adorable! I still haven’t gotten around to making some of your other baskets. Now these are going on the list :)
    Thanks for sharing at A New Creation!

  43. That’s how I make my paper boxes also. I love the wonky ones. Pinning so I’ll remember this. Thanks. Linda

  44. So fun and cute! Thanks for sharing it! Have a great weekend! D

  45. So pretty. I like to make my own paper baskets as well. Thank you for sharng the tutorial with us at TTF.

  46. I will try to make these. Thank you for sharing.

  47. Adorable…love the springy papers.

  48. Very cute Easter Basket..Thank you.


  49. I realized that it’s high time I own a pair of decorative scissors! Too cute!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  50. OMGoodness! How cute! My daughter would love these. Thank you for sharing this at the first Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House! It means the world!! Hope to see your bluey self again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  51. I remember making baskets like this in school, so much fun!

    Thanks for sharing your favorite post at Raising Imperfection! We feature our favorites on Friday, make sure to come back and check.

  52. These are so adorable! Thank you for sharing on Thursday’s Treasures, I’ve featured them on Week 79. <3 and hugs!

  53. Pinned!! Love that you shared these! My girls will love them and want one in every color :) THANK YOU for linkin up to Sunday FUNday!! :)

    Kristine –The Foley Fam {unedited}

  54. So cute!. Thanks you for sharing at my Easter Party at My Life’s a Treasure.

  55. This is adorable! It’s forgiving, easy, fast and impressive!
    Mine turned out awesome and I was able to make them for the entire family!
    That’s, 9 of them!!

  56. You go Girl!

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