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Spring is just around the corner, so I decided to create some fun paper baskets for decorating.

You could make these cuties with pretty paper to fit the occasion and your decor. 

Three Easter Baskets with Easter grass and a decoupage egg on a table

Paper baskets

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How to Make a Paper Basket

This simple basket is so easy that you could invite the kids to craft some. 

Basket Making Supplies

Basket making supplies on a craft mat

Basket supplies

**Before you begin, I recommend watching the paper basket how-to video.

  • Craft Paper 
  • Basket Paper 
  • Hot Glue
  • Brads
  • Hole Punch
  • Cutting Mat
  • Craft Knife
  • Quilt Ruler
  • Pencil

*You can find all my favorite crafting supplies that I have gathered for your convenience. 

Paper Basket Cuts

I used double-sided craft paper (like this one). However, you can use any craft paper for this simple project.

After selecting my craft paper, I traced a 6″ by 6″ square for the base of the basket. 

Drawing out my 6" by 6" with a pencil on my craft paper

Trace cut lines

Then I used a Xacto knife, cutting mat, and a quilt ruler to cut along my pencil marks.

Using an Xacto knife and ruling to cut along my pencil outlines

Cut out Basket bottom.


Next, I cut the basket’s handle along the 12″ inch side of the paper using a quilt ruler, craft knife, and cutting mat.

Note: I cut one 12 inches long strip by one inch wide for the handle.

Cutting the handle using a quilt ruler and a Xacto knife

Cut out handle

Basket Folds

The easiest way to mark the side slits is to fold the paper square. Therefore, I used a pencil and ruler to mark my fold lines at two and 4 inches on each side.


Using a pencil to make 2" and 4" marks on every side of the paper square

Mark fold lines

Next, I folded the paper at two marks to the same marks on the opposite sides.

Note: I folded the paper towards the outside.

Craft paper square with two sides folded

Two Sides folded

Then I repeated the folded for the other two sides and erased my pencil marks.

Square paper with all four sides folded at the 2" and 4" marks

All sides folded

Cutting the Basket Sides

Next, I cut the paper with scissors making two-inch slits along the folded lines on the sides. 

Using scissors to cut a 2" slit following the fold

Cutting side slits

The sides with the slits cut are ready for assembly. 


Paper with all four side slits cuts and folded

Slits cut

Assembling the Paper Basket

I folded all the folds in the opposite direction to form the basket. 

Then, I folded up the side pieces keeping the left and right flaps on the outside, and placed a dot of hot glue between the center side square and the folded up side squares. I used a clothespin to hold them in place while the glue dries. 

Next, I repeated this process for the opposite side.

Applying hot glue to sides and clip with a clothespin

Glue sides

Basket Handle

The handle can be attached with tape or glue to the sides of the basket if you want it stationary. However, I used brads to attach the handles to make it movable.

Glue handle to the inside of the basket sides

Attach handle

The 12″ long handle works best against the bottom of the basket since it provides more stability. 


Basket with clothespins holding on the handles on a craft mat

handles with clothespins

Once the handle and sides aligned, I placed a clothespin to hold everything in place.

Next, using a hole punch, I made a hole through the sides and the handle.

Holding the basket handle in place while punching a hole through the handle and the side

Punch handle hole

I repeated this process for the other side. Then I added a brad through the sides and handle and then opened the brad on the side. 

Insert the brad from the outside to the inside

Insert brad

This method of attaching the handle allows the handle to be movable.

Basket with the handle pushed to one side

handle on one side

Fill your baskets with decoupaged eggs, candy eggs, or small gifts.

This is a great project to use leftover strips of paper, paper scraps, etc.

three Easter paper Baskets with eggs and a chick on a wood table

DIY Easter Paper Baskets

More Fun Craft Ideas You Might Like:

Fill a door basket with season flowers to welcome family and friends. 

Sunflower Door Basket hanging on the wall with a black and white bow

Sunflower Door Basket

Easy DIY Hanging Mason Jar Lights.

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DIY Hanging Mason Jar Lights


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You can look forward to receiving new inspiration every week, including special online crafting events and seasonal and holiday crafting. 

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Rachel Harper

Friday 8th of April 2022

Kippi, These baskets are just precious. I'd like to share a link to your tutorial on Sunday. I've pinned and can't wait to try this craft idea.


Friday 18th of March 2022

Kipi, these look like something from my childhood in all the good ways. What a pretty idea for gifting! Rachelle

rosemary palmer

Thursday 17th of March 2022

Love these - I could see them on a table all year long in different colors as a hostess gift. Or filled with treats.


Thursday 17th of March 2022

I love your take on the paper basket very cute.

Brooke Fedigan

Thursday 17th of March 2022

These are way cute! Love how they turned out and your easy step by step is just perfect. I'm for sure going to give these a try. Happy Easter Season

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