How To Make An Easter Basket With Newspaper

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The joy of hunting for Easter eggs never gets old! This year my kids and I decided to make our own Easter baskets. I normally buy baskets, but they can be expensive and I am trying to buy less, and make more this year. So, we sat down to craft. A newspaper basket is a fun spring craft to help you get ready for Easter and recycle your newspapers! You could also leave the handle off your newspaper Easter basket, and have a basket for small toys.

Can you believe this is a newspaper basket? It's so easy to make!

Newspaper Basket For Easter

Newspaper Easter Basket Materials:

  • Newspaper
  • Glue (any kind will do)
  • Scissors
  • Paint (optional)

The beauty of these baskets is that people will have NO idea that they are made from newspaper. Because you are folding and weaving them a couple times they are actually very sturdy! My kids ran around holding them the entire day, and they were in perfect condition after.

Homemade Easter baskets out of newspaper are the best way to celebrate Easter!

How To Make An Newspaper Easter Basket

Your first step is to cut the folded edge off of your newspaper, and make sure your sheets aren’t connected. Then you are ready to make your newspaper strips. Take your first piece of paper and fold it in half length wise; then fold it in half again. Your strips will be roughly a little over an inch wide.

I like to glue my strips so the flaps stay down. This also adds some reinforcement for each strip.

You will need a total of 8 strips to make the woven base, 8 strips for the square parts, and then 1 strip for the handle! Your first step is to take 8 strips and weave them like the pattern in the below picture.

This is the base of strips for a newspaper basket.

Try to make the sides as even as possible. Apply glue, as needed, to keep the strips in place.

Next, take two strips and glue them together at the ends. Roughly measure the square base of the woven basket and glue the strip in to a square that is that same size. Create 3 squares, cutting off the excess.
Form newspaper strips into a square to make your newspaper basket.

Tip: If you want to make a bigger basket, simply add more strips to the woven base. Adjust your square size to fit the larger width of the basket.

Take the strips from the woven base and weave them up around the square, alternating in and out. Repeat this pattern with the other 3 squares. Adjust the strips so they are tightly pieced together. Once you have them in place, apply glue to keep it all from moving. You do not need to glue every part, the top and a few sections in the middle should do.

Fold the base strips up around the square to form a basket with newspaper. Weave your newspaper strips in and out to make a newspaper Easter basket.

You can fold the top strips inside and glue them or cut them flush with the edge of the basket. Adhere glue to any piece you want to keep down. After that you can attach one newspaper strip as the handle!

This basket is made from paper!

I used spray paint to make my baskets a single color. You could use craft paint or spray paint. Another idea is to paint the strips before you weave. There’s no wrong way to do this project.

It's so easy to make newspaper Easter baskets!

Kids can paint them or decorate them with stickers. You can also use the comic book section and create a fun comic themed basket to store toys!

Make your own newspaper Easter basket for the egg hunt!

Your DIY newspaper Easter basket is ready for the big egg hunt!

Check out all of our fun Easter crafts and recipes here, including great tips for your Easter egg hunt!

Easter Egg Hunt Tips

About Leah Leatherby

Hi! My name is Leah Leatherby. I graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Textiles Marketing and Science. Since then, I have had four little ones – three boys and a girl. My life now consists of planning parties, baking cookies, and watching my kids. My husband has 75 first cousins alone, so we pretty much have an event every weekend! It keeps us busy, and lets me get my creative juices flowing.