Paper crafting has transformed how we recreate objects into paper forms. Creating woven Easter baskets with paper can be an enjoyable project as well as an economical way to give your Easter candy to family and friends. It can also be a great Easter crafting project for your kids. By selecting a basket weave pattern and coordinating your favourite Easter colours and textured pattern paper, your creativity will shine through.
Select the size for your Easter basket. This will dictate your paper pattern dimensions. For example, if you opt for a mini-basket, your dimensions can be 2 inches in height and your bottom basket frame 3 1/2 inches in width. It is important to note that your basket has four sides and you will have to cut paper strips for the length and width of the basket.
For a mini basket, measure your strips at 8-1/2-inches in length by 1-inch in width. Although the basic measurements of two sides and your bottom frame add up to 7-1/2 inches in each direction, you will need to overlap 1/2-inch to hold your basket in place.
You can adjust your dimensions according to the size you want your basket to be.
Select your paper colours and pattern. You can opt to use a textured pattern. It is best to work with a paper weight which will allow you to shape and weave it. For example, a heavy weight card stock paper can be challenging to weave and can distort fold lines and creases when forming the basket shape.
Select your basket weave pattern and make sure that it is a closed weave pattern, such as a closed lattice weave. Cut your strips into the dimensions of your basket. For example, for a closed lattice weave mini-basket, cut nine strips 8 1/2 inches in length by 1 inch in width for your basket length and repeat another nine strips for your basket width.
Cut one strip 8-1/2-inches in length by 1-inch width for your basket handle.
Take nine strips and place vertically on a clean flat work surface. Take another strip and overlap the first vertical strip horizontally. You will weave this strip under the second strip and over the third strip. Keep weaving the strip under and over until all nine strips are woven. Take a second strip, this time starting the next horizontal weave by inserting under the first vertical strip. Overlap the second strip and insert under the third strip. The third horizontal strip will start by overlapping the first vertical strip.
You will repeat the process until all strips are woven into a flat woven panel. It is important to note that the closer you position your strips together, the tighter your paper weave will become. It is best to add craft glue to secure any loose strips.
Fold one side of your paper panel 2 1/2 inches. Crease your fold. Unfold and repeat the same dimensions for all four sides. You will have a visible centre frame which will be your bottom basket frame.
Re-fold two sides up and carefully make an inverted pleat at the basket corner. Add glue to secure the corners. Repeat until all four corners are secure and your basket is visible. You will have a basket frame with four extensions, which is one from each side.
Fold over all extending tabs towards the inside of the basket. Apply a lightweight ribbon with a hot glue gun around the inside of your basket to hide all folded seams. (optional)
Shape your paper handle and attach it from one side to another with your craft glue. Add a paper or ribbon bow to complete your basket. (optional)
It is best to have parental supervision for kids working on the Easter craft since the project requires scissors and a hot glue gun.