Woven Easter Baskets

These woven Easter baskets require a little bit of dexterity plus adult supervision but they are great for using up those left over plastic milk bottles. You know, the ones which you have been storing just in case!

Don't forget also to check out my Easter party ideas where you'll find lots more kids craft ideas and Easter treats.

Skill: Easy/Medium

What You Need

  • 2 liter plastic bottles - use non clear ones if you can
  • 1cm wide strips of parcel ribbon - Choose 2 ore more different colors 
  • Length of string
  • Craft knife
  • Chalk
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Hole punch
  • Glue

How to Make Your Woven Easter Baskets

  1. Using the craft knife (get an adult to do this), cut around the bottom third of the drinks bottle - this will be the basis of your basket.
  2. Measure the diameter of your basket with a piece of string and use this to measure strips of parcel ribbon 1.5 times the length of the string.
  3. Using the chalk, draw 1-cm wide vertical lines on your basket all the way round. Cut these lines with the craft knife going from top to bottom. Stop when you reach the base.
  4. Take one strip of ribbon and starting from the base of your basket, attach it to one of the basket strips with a little glue (A).
  5. When the glue is fully dry you are now ready to start weaving. 
  6. Weave the piece of colored paper in and out of the basket strips until you have gone right round the basket (B). Trim off any excess paper and glue down the loose end.
  7. Take another strip of coloured ribbon and glue this to an adjacent basket strip and just above the first paper strip. When the glue is dry, weave in and out as before. Repeat with the other ribbon strips.
  8. To make the handle, puncture 2 holes opposite each other at the top of the basket and then thread through the pipe cleaner, twisting the ends to secure them. You can then decorate it with ribbons, fill it with eggs or little cotton ball chicks.

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