Next Easter, substitute paper vessels for the typical store-bought Easter baskets. Paper baskets made from brown paper lunch bags and recycled paper grocery sacks will add homespun appeal to your holiday celebration and each one costs under two dollars to make. Crafting an Easter basket from paper bags takes little time and it's a simple enough craft for kids to complete. Paper Easter baskets are easy to customise, which means you can make one for everyone in your family.
Open a paper lunch bag or grocery bag, stand it up on your work surface and turn down the bag's top outer edge to create a folded band. For lunch bags, turn down the top 2 inches, then fold it down once more to create a 2-inch band. Fold down the top 4 inches of larger grocery bags and fold again to create a 4-inch band.
Cut a strip of card stock that measures 2 inches wide and 12 inches long for an Easter basket made from a paper lunch bag. If you're making an Easter basket from a paper grocery bag, cut a strip that measures 2-1/2 inches wide and 16 inches long. Use a ruler and utility knife to make accurate measurements and cuts.
Hold one end of the strip against the inside of one of the bag's short sides. The strip should extend 1 inch into the bag on both sides for a lunch bag and 2 inches for the grocery bag, while the remaining 10 inches or 12 inches should stick up from the top. Staple the strip in place and bend the other end down to meet the inside of the opposite side of the bag. Staple the strip in place to create your basket's handle.
Draw flowers and egg shapes in various sizes onto Easter-coloured construction paper or card stock. Make shapes that lack fine detail, such as flowers with five rounded petals and oval-shaped leaves with tapered ends. In addition to drawing eggs, also draw decorations, such as wide zigzag stripes and small circles. Cut out the individual pieces to use as embellishments for your paper Easter basket.
Assemble the layers of embellishments. Lay out decorations on Easter-egg shapes and create layered blooms by stacking different sized flowers on top of one another. Once you've perfected the layout of your layered decorations, glue them together. Apply a small bead of craft glue to the back of the paper pieces you need to attach and gently press them into place. Wipe away any excess glue that beads around the edges of the paper.
Allow your embellishments to dry. If they curl during the drying process, place them under a heavy book overnight to flatten them out.
Glue the embellishments to the outside of the paper Easter basket. Cover exposed staples with flower motifs and decorate the folded band with paper Easter eggs or spring flowers. You can also adhere a large flower or egg to the centre front of the paper basket.
Let kids make their own paper Easter baskets. Older children can draw and cut out motifs to use as embellishments, while younger children can decorate their baskets with crayons and markers. Use wide wire-edged ribbon instead of card stock to give the Easter basket handle a softer look. Punch a hole in either side of the bag and feed the ribbon through, allowing the ends to protrude from the outside of the bag. Tie a knot in either end and trim the excess to complete your ribbon handle. For a less rustic-looking paper Easter basket, purchase pastel-coloured paper lunch bags to use instead of the standard brown variety.