Looking for a way to keep little fingers away from the chocolate for a couple of hours this Easter? You’ll need some crafts for the kids to do at home – and we have just the thing. This step-by-step guide to making woven Easter baskets comes from Vicky at The Owl and the Accordion and it’s a lovely project for you to make together. Even better, the finished baskets are the perfect place for the kids to stash their eggs after all their hard crafting.
To make your own Easter basket, you will need:
• Different-coloured card or printed scrapbook papers
• Haberdashery and trimmings
• An empty plastic milk bottle, any size
• A selection of decorative tapes
• Strong glue PLUS
• A glue gun and glue sticks
• Sharp scissors or a craft knife
• A sturdy surface, like a dining or coffee table, to work from
What to do:
1. Cut the top off your milk bottle to make a short container.
2. Cut a strip of card big enough to cover the bottle completely, with a good overlap at the back.
3. Place your strip of card face down on the table. Decide how wide you want your weaving to be – Vicky chose 1cm – and mark gaps this wide all the way along your card.
4. Cut along the lines using the craft knife or scissors, to create a piece of fringing.
5. Make the contrasting strips by sticking lengths of decorative tape to a piece of card, then cut along the edge.
6. Once you’ve cut out all your card strips, start weaving them into the main panel. When you reach the end of your piece of card, cut out another strip and glue it down to seal the ends in place. Trim any excess card and leave to dry.
7. To make the handle, take two of your card strips and glue them together with the right sides facing outwards. Attach them to the sides of the milk bottle using a glue gun – your basket won’t be holding anything too heavy, so this should be strong enough. Use the glue gun to join your woven panel to the back of the milk bottle, then slowly wrap it around, gluing as you go, until you reach the back.
Keep the craft theme going this Easter with our guide to making your own Easter table decorations.