Paper Bag Easter Basket

Apr 11, 2011

I love the simplicity of brown paper bags and think they make the perfect Easter baskets. I remember making them in grade school and being so excited to bring them home to show mom and dad. This basket can be left plain or altered using patterned paper, stamps and inks or paint. You can carefully use any of the many Fiskars border punches to create gorgeous edges along the top of your basket or you could take a hole punch and punch a hole just below where the scallop meets, thread a ribbon through the holes and create a pretty bow by tying the two ends together. This simple basket has so many possibilities. I hope you share photos of the baskets you create as I would love to see them.

Have fun creating.

Supplies Used: Lunch Size Paper Bag, Ruler, Pencil, Fiskars Cloud Decorative Scissors (or scallop scissors), Straight Edge Scissors, Glue Stick


  • Using a pencil lightly draw an upside down “T” on the paper bag as shown below.

  • Using straight edge scissors trim the two vertical lines (handle)
  • Using the cloud or scallop scissors trim the horizontal lines as shown below

  • If you want to stamp images onto your paper bag or cover it with patterned paper or paint now is the time to do so. It will be much easier to alter before the handles have been attached together. You can also erase the pencil lines drawn onto the paper bag now.
  • Open up the paper bag. Now using a glue stick type adhesive bring the bottom handle down to where it meets with the base of the top handle piece as show below and attach to the handle piece on top.
  • Apply adhesive onto the back of the top handle piece and attach to the bottom handle piece.

Now you’re ready to fill it with Easter grass and goodies. You could make one for each kid that attends Easter Brunch. They would be so cute sitting at the kids table during Easter Brunch holding plastic eggs filled with treats, crayons and snacks to hold the kiddies over until it’s time to eat.

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