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DIY Easter Basket Template (easy Easter crafts)

Pretty DIY Paper Easter Baskets. Make these quick and easy paper Easter baskets with this free printable template and just a few cuts and folds. Hop to it!

Here’s an easy DIY paper Easter basket that you can make with just a few cuts and folds. It’s a cute and easy Easter craft idea that you can make with the kids for your Easter brunch table. Keep reading for my free DIY Easter basket template that you can print, cut out, and fold. Hop to it!

Easy DIY Paper Easter Baskets

Simple paper Easter egg basket template

I love these paper Easter baskets. I want to make like 85 of them. You can colorize and personalize this Easter basket template in a zillion different ways, and even make personalized tiny paper Easter baskets as place cards for Easter brunch.

See also: ‘How to make a traditional Easter Lamb cake’ »

Paper Easter grass inside paper Easter baskets

This post is sponsored by ASTROBRIGHTS® Papers as part of its #colorize campaign and all opinions are mine. Thanks so much ASTROBRIGHTS® for sponsoring this post!

Aren’t the Astrobrights paper colors gorgeous? It’s hard to choose just one color combination for these paper Easter baskets so I guess I’ll just have to make a bunch!

Astrobrights Papers bright colored paper

I like the idea of The Easter Bunny creating these super special, handmade paper Easter baskets for my kids filled with yummy treats. You can even use Astrobrights card stock paper to make your own DIY paper Easter grass. You can make super cute paper grass in any color.

Easy DIY Paper Easter Baskets template

Cute and easy Easter table decorations

This Easter basket template makes really cute table decorations or Easter table place cards too. I chose ASTROBRIGHTS card stock paper in Terrestrial Teal™, Pulsar Pink™, Sunburst Yellow™, and Martian Green™ for Elise’s Easter basket. This DIY cardboard basket on Pinterest was my inspiration. It’s in Spanish and doesn’t include measurements or a printable template so I created my own version with some additional clever Easter embellishments like a middle handle and fanned-out colors…

Paper Easter basket with DIY paper grass

And another easy paper Easter basket template version with scallops around the edges…

Paper Easter grass in a paper Easter basket

Now available in two sizes: original and place card size!

I recently created a brand new smaller paper Easter basket template that’s perfect for making DIY Easter place cards. This new teeny paper basket template includes an editable template to add names for family and friends. You can make an Easter place card for each guest and fill them with cute treats like these foil-wrapped bunnies with ribbon necklaces. Check out my DIY Easter place cards post to see how to make your own teeny paper Easter baskets using any color paper.

DIY Easter place cards on an elegant pastel Easter table

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Supplies for making my DIY Paper Easter Basket:


How to make a DIY paper Easter basket:

These instructions make paper Easter baskets that are about 5-1/2″ x 3-1/4″. You could use my tutorial to make larger baskets too, just tape some sheets together first and follow the general instructions. Want a smaller basket? Check out my brand new teeny size Easter basket template with personalized names.

Step 1: Choose colors for your Easter basket template

First, choose your colors of Astrobrights card stock paper. Be sure to check out my color palettes for color combo ideas. Go download my free printable paper Easter basket template (PDF) and print the template onto colored card stock paper. Cut 1″ off each short side. Set the cut strip aside to use for the basket handle later.

Paper Easter Basket pattern

Step 2: Score the lines on the basket

Score the two dotted lines on the template by dragging the back of your craft knife along the ruler edge – just do it lightly to score it rather than cutting through the paper. If you aren’t using my printable template then measure 7cm from the top long edge of your paper and score that line.

Scoring paper to make a paper Easter basket

Repeat on the bottom long edge of the dotted line (7cm again).

Scoring a piece of paper to make paper Easter baskets

Step 3: Cut strips on both sides of the basket template

Now on the left side, cut three strips that are 1” wide each, making sure to stop at your score line, so you have three cut rectangles on the top and three on the bottom. My Easter basket printable template will show you exactly where to cut these strips.

Cutting out a paper Easter basket template

Repeat it on the right side of the basket template. You’ll have slits for your basket like the photo below.

DIY paper Easter basket template

Step 4: Cut triangles on each side

See the squares in the middle top and bottom? You’re going to turn those into triangles. Cut to the middle of the center like so, or follow the lines on my free printable template.

Cutting paper to make an Easter basket

And repeat on the other square.

DIY paper Easter basket template

Step 5: Decorate your Easter basket template with bright colors

Now let’s decorate your Easter basket! Cut 1” strips of three other colors, then trim them down to 7cm long each.

Cut strips of paper to decorate a paper Easter basket

Glue the colors to the outside of your pink strips, lining them up evenly on the sides. Let them dry.

Making a DIY Easter basket from paper

Step 6: Fold and secure your DIY Easter basket

Fold along the score lines and fan the strips into the center of the triangle. The easiest way to do this is to line up the back strips first like so…

Folding a paper basket for Easter

Then fiddle with the other colors until the triangles line up. Staple it together and repeat on the other side of the paper Easter basket.

folding a paper Easter Basket pattern and instructions

You can punch 1″ circles using a 1″ craft punch to make a scalloped edge around the top of the Easter basket.

Decorating a paper Easter basket with scalloped edges

Step 7: Make and secure the Easter basket handle

Punch a 2″ circle using a 2″ circle craft punch, or cut a scallop shape, or just free-shape it and fold in half.

Punching paper circles

Now here’s a little trick I figured out to make the Easter basket handle look cute. Cut a 1″ slit in the middle.

Adding slits to the handle of a paper Easter basket

Slide the handle through the slit and glue it to the inside of the circle – I used a glue dot.

Putting a glue dot on a paper basket handle

Repeat on the other side.

Handle for a paper Easter basket

Now glue the circle on the top to hide the staple. Your Easter basket handle will be hidden inside the circle.

Paper Easter basket tutorial

Voila! My rainbow paper Easter basket is all done.

DIY paper Easter basket

Step 8: Make your own paper grass for the Easter basket

It’s so easy to make your own paper grass. Make your own paper Easter grass by shredding the paper or using your craft knife.

Making paper grass for an Easter basket

Crumple up the paper Easter grass and put it inside your DIY Easter basket. Seriously, never buy that fake plastic grass again. Paper grass is so much cuter, and you can make only what you need.

DIY paper grass in a paper Easter basket


Be sure to pin this easy paper Easter basket template for later:

Pretty DIY Paper Easter Baskets template

Paper Easter Basket template

And be sure to check out more Easter craft ideas like these scribble Easter eggs, DIY felt flower bracelets, of course, the traditional Easter lamb cake dessert recipe.

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Amy Anderson

Thursday 1st of May 2014

These are AWESOME! Love them!


Thursday 1st of May 2014

These baskets are so cute!

Kelly Hedgespeth of Simply Kelly Designs

Thursday 1st of May 2014

Love the bright colors of the paper! Hope I win. :)

Char @DollDiaries

Wednesday 30th of April 2014

I just love AstroBrights paper - this would definitely come in handy for all the crafting we are going to do on this summer!!


Thursday 24th of April 2014

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