Monday, April 3, 2017

Wee Woven Baskets

Bunnies aren't the only cute things bopping about here during the Easter season! It's traditional for kids to gather at grandma's for a holiday workshop preceding the big day. We make party favors and gifts for mommy and daddy. I find that well appreciated because those basket-fillers-in-chief are often overlooked in the annual scramble to make the E.B. look good!

My previous post featured our fuzzy yarn bunnies. After dinner on Easter Sunday, the kids will step up and teach mom and dad how to make their own palm size pets. Once those are complete, the teaching team will hand out these colorful "woven" paper baskets. Plenty of room inside for candy and a newly crafted critter!

Use brightly colored craft paper and paper punched accents to make these 8" baskets (4" without handle). Besides that, you'll need only a ruler, pencil, scissors, and glue. 

To make each basket:

1. Measure and cut paper strips:

1 - 11.5" x 3/4" (handle)
1 - 11.5" x 1" (horizontal strip)
5 - 8.5" x 1" (woven strips)

2. Lay the horizontal strip face down and glue all 5 woven strips to it, side by side, also face down. When you flip it right side up, it will look like the sample in blue.

3. Lay the piece reverse side up, as shown in purple, and match the end of strip #1 to horizontal strip as shown. Glue it down.

4. Continue matching and gluing - second strip will line up next to first glued one. This is how it will look in progress.

5. Basket forms as strips continue to be glued in place. Attach all 5, then glue horizontal strip ends together to complete. Glue handle in place.

6. Decorate baskets with paper punched shapes.

Please note that baskets won't stand alone unless you crease strips at bottom.

Experiment with various lengths and widths to make baskets of different sizes. I'm going to try making teeny tiny ones for the fairy party in the woods we'll be enjoying during Grandma Camp week!


  1. What a pretty craft to make! They make beautiful decorations.

  2. You are such a crafty grandmother and I'm so NOT! Hugs! Teresa

    i have never seen such cute baskets before .thank you sooooo much for sharing the LOVELY ideas!

  4. Those baskets are so cute! What child wouldn't have fun gathering goodies in them! Happy Easter!

  5. How pretty. Saw your post at Grand Social 250. Shared on social media.

  6. Such adorable decorations. I wish I had an ounce of creativity!

  7. These baskets are so cute. Thanks for the clear tutorial. Even little ones could make these baskets (with adult help). What fun to make your own basket and then go outdoors for an Easter egg hunt to fill it!

  8. I so enjoy reading and seeing what you have been up to with your grandchildren. These baskets and bunnies are both so cute!

  9. Thanks from Grammy Dee, #WednesdayAIMLinkParty, social media shared.

  10. Absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing with us at #OvertheMoon Link party and hope to see you next week. I've pinned and shared.

  11. These are cute, and it is perfect with your pom pom bunny. Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity

  12. Great craft - the step by step photos make it easy to follow.

  13. Ohhhhhhhhhh my - what fun. I must try this. I've just begun to think of projects that I want to get done for Easter brunch - a little behind - but then I'm behind on everything- including reading blogs. Your ideas are such fun - and now I must read the other posts I've missed.

  14. You do fun things! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW's DIY link up!

  15. Very cute! They would be such a fun gift for my grands! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  16. These are such cute little baskets. I can only imagine the fun they have putting them together and then admiring their creativity. I bet each and every one of your grands leads the way in art class. And, why not. They've had their own dedicated art teacher since birth. :-)