Grocery Bag Easter Basket for Boys!
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It’s time for Easter baskets! It drives me crazy when I want to make a gift basket and the basket costs more than the stuff I fill it with. Especially with kids’ Easter baskets. This year, I decided to save a few bucks and make my own Easter baskets for the boys using grocery bags. First, credit where credit is due, I learned how to do this paper braiding technique from on Scrapbooks, Etc. I looked at many paper weaving and braiding tutorials, and this one seemed really easy to do. I just made it much BIGGER to create this Easter basket. See the tutorial after the jump!
Here’s what you’ll need for each grocery bag Easter basket:
(2) Grocery-sized brown paper bags
(4) Acrylic craft paint colors
Permanent glue stick
If your grocery bag has handles, carefully remove them. Also trim the top down so it is straight across (remove the little demi-circle dip on the top edge).
Starting from the top, cut four 2-inch wide strips from each grocery bag, for a total of 8 strips. Save the bottom pieces for later.
Cut the strips at the seams and stretch them out to make long paper strips. Use the glue stick to stick two strips end to end to make it into a longer strip. Repeat to make four long strips.
On a protected surface, paint each strip the desired colors. Both sides will show, so keep that in mind when painting them. If you want more color, paint both sides. I only painted one side of my strips. The colors I chose were neon green, yellow, blue and metallic gold. Allow to dry.
Time to start braiding the paper! Glue two strips side-by-side on top of a third strip to form a 90-degree angle.
Glue the fourth strip parallel to the bottom strip (the green strip pictured). I played with placing some strips painted-side-down and some painted-side-up.
Starting on the right, fold the top right strip at an angle so that it’s edge lines up with and touches the bottom strip on the left. Lift it up again and use a glue stick to glue it to any paper that is underneath it.
Take the top strip from the left and fold it at an angle so it is parallel to and touching edges with the strip on the right. Glue it down.
Continue braiding the paper like this. If you only painted one side, the painted sides will alternate with the un-painted sides as you fold and glue the paper bag. Continue until you have one long strip of braided paper.
Now, go back to your paper bag bottoms. You should have two. Cut one at the base fold, making a strip that is about 3″-4″ wide. Cut it open at the seam and lay out the strip
With printed side up, fold down one edge lengthwise towards yourself about 1/3 way down. Glue it down. Fold up the bottom and glue it down. This will be the handle.
Now, open up the other bottom piece. Place the braided strip against the side and line up the bottoms. The bag bottom should be poking up over the braided paper, fold down a bit to mark where you need to fold it to make the top of the bag and the braid line up. Then, set the braid aside.
Carefully fold down the top of the bag. This will be the basket liner.
Trim the handle piece to the desired length and staple the handle to the basket liner.
Line up the braid along the sides of the bag bottom. Starting on one short side, staple along the top edge. If visible staples bug you, you could also hot glue the braid to the liner. Crease the braid whenever you get to a corner.
When you get to the end, cut the paper off of the braid at angles that match the strips. Then, fold the pointed end in and glue it down. Glue it to the side.
The basket is finished and ready to fill! I used items I found at my local Kroger. I like an Easter basket that isn’t overly full of sugar, so I went for a lot of non-candy treats. Since I have two active boys, outdoorsy fun stuff seemed like the right direction! I love the froggy jump rope and the color-changing ball. There’s also a new pair of sunglasses in there, Balloonie plastic balloons and confetti eggs! I also threw in some treats from Annie’s natural and organic line. And I’m not a monster, so there’s a chocolate bunny, eggs and carrots and some giant Peeps in there, too!
And that’s it! Remember to visit Kroger’s DIY Easter board on Pinterest to get more ideas for Easter!
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