From The Archives ~ Paper Bag Easter Basket

Apr 8, 2014

This tuto­r­i­al was orig­i­nal­ly post­ed on my blog, April 11, 2011. Paper Bag East­er Bas­kets are fun to cre­ate and with East­er just around the cor­ner I thought I would re-share it.

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, 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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