In this tutorial, we will make two styles of Easter baskets from paper plates as the base material. One with a circular base and the other square.
All it takes is some cutting and gluing, and then you can let the decoration begin. This is where the kids can shine!
Full instructions and a video demonstration have been provided so you can make your own paper plate Easter baskets at home.
Prepare Your Paper Plate Craft Materials
Paper plates are a useful craft staple so buying a large packet of these will keep you going for a number of different craft projects… Or you may just have some leftover in the kitchen.
You will need some good quality glue to ensure that your baskets will be strong enough to carry a load of Easter eggs.
We have also used foam paper for the handles. But you can substitute this with yarn, cardboard, or anything else that can be manipulated into shape.
The decorating can of course be done however you like. We have used paint and foam paper, but if your kids love coloring, drawing, or anything else then feel free to change it up.
Paper Plate Easter Basket Video Demonstration
Check out the video below for a full walkthrough of the project and goes for about two minutes.
The cutting of the base can be a little tricky. Kids will be able to do this but may need some help marking out where to cut.
It will be easier to navigate the written instructions once you have seen how the project comes together so we encourage you to watch below.
Stage 1 - Prepare the Paper Plate Round Basket Base
- Step 1 - Trace a circle on the inside of the paper plate around 2" from the edge of the plate.
- Step 2 - Cut slits in the side of the paper plate deep enough to hit the traced circle line from step 1 at intervals of 2-3". The slits must be an even depth all the way around the plate.
- Step 3 - Fold the edges of the cardboard upright. Each wedge should overlap and this is where you will apply glue to hold the adjoining areas in place. Secure in place using a clothespin to stabilize.
- Step 4 - Set aside to dry for 3-5 minutes.
- Step 5 - Cut two long strips of white foam paper about an inch thick. This will be the basket handle. Glue one to the inside of the basket, and set the other aside.
Stage 2 - Prepare the Paper Plate Square Basket Base
- Step 6 - For the second paper plate we will outline a square shape, rather than a circle on the base of the plate. Ensure all four sides are of equal length so the basket has symmettry, and extend the straight lines all the way to the edge of the plate to guide your cutting.
- Step 7 - Cut out the four small corners leaving room to fold the larger edges upright.
- Step 8 - Fold the edges and glue in place in the same way that was done for the circle basket. Secure withclothespins.
- Step 9 - Set aside to dry for 3-5 minutes.
- Step 10 - Repeat step 5 with the spare foam paper basket handle.
Stage 3 - Decorate the Easter Baskets (two methods)
- Method 1 - Get our your paints and add floral patterns, Easter bunnies, or anything else you like directly onto the paper plate surface.
- Method 2 - Use the colorful foam paper to cut out flower patterns and glue onto the paper plate surface.
- Complete - Your Easter baskets are now ready for the visit from the Easter bunny, and the big egg hunt!
Why Make a Paper Plate Easter Basket
A personalized Easter basket just adds to the fun of an Easter egg hunt. It is also a fun activity to complete in the lead-up to the big day.
A paper plate Easter basket is cheap and easy to make ,so you can duplicate the design for multiple kids. Then they can all decorate them however they please.
Then of course they get to fill them with chocolate eggs!
For More Easter Craft Ideas
We have plenty of Easter crafts suitable for young kids. Check out some of our other projects below:
- Cute Easter character toilet roll craft
- Cotton ball Easter bunny activity
- Paper Easter egg garland decoration
Click here to see the full list.
This quick & easy DIY Easter basket will build plenty of excitement before the arrival of the Easter bunny.
Most kids cannot wait for the Easter egg hunt, and this just adds to that excitement.