How to Make an Easter Basket From a Paper Bag


Recycling paper bags into Easter baskets lets egg hunters of all ages customize their own candy or egg carriers. Plus, when the holiday is over, you do not have to look for a place to store a bulky wicker basket--paper-bag Easter baskets can be folded up for easy storage until the next year. Use a surplus grocery bag to make a large basket, or turn a paper lunch sack into a smaller carrier or springtime decoration.

Step 1

Unfold and open the bag and set it on your work space with the opening facing up.

Step 2

Snip down through the four corners at the top opening of the bag (where the sides meet), cutting 1 inch down. Make a deeper cut for larger bags or if you want a larger cuff at the top of your bag.

Step 3

Fold down the cuff to the outside of the bag and tape the sides down to form a smooth edge around the bag's top.

Step 4

Cut a piece of ribbon to use as the handle for the Easter basket. Staple one end of the ribbon halfway across one of the shorter sides of the bag at the top edge, and staple the other end of the ribbon on the opposite side of the bag.

Step 5

Personalize the basket with markers and stickers, adding your name or Easter motifs such as chicks, rabbits, eggs or flowers.

Step 6

Fill the Easter basket halfway with plastic Easter grass or shredded green paper. Add Easter candy or decorative eggs.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Stapler
  • Ribbon
  • Markers
  • Stickers
  • Easter grass or shredded green paper


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Athena Hessong began her freelance writing career in 2004. She draws upon experiences and knowledge gained from teaching all high school subjects for seven years. Hessong earned a Bachelor in Arts in history from the University of Houston.

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