Easter Crafts - How to Make Paper Cup Mini Easter Baskets

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Easter Crafts - How to Make Mini Easter Baskets

Easter basket
Katherine Lee

These mini Easter baskets are absolutely adorable and so much fun to make. You and your kids will love creating this easy Easter craft almost as much as you enjoy sharing them with friends and family. When you're done, you can fill these pretty mini Easter baskets with chocolate and other treats. Happy Easter!

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Assemble the materials you will need to make the mini Easter baskets.

Easter basket
Katherine Lee

To make your mini Easter baskets, you will need the following:

  • construction paper or lightweight card stock paper in a variety of pastel and bright colors (pink, blue, yellow, violet, green, and so on)
  • large paper cups (one cup will make one mini Easter basket)
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • glue stick
  • Scotch tape
  • washi tape* (optional; if you are not using washi tape, you can glue or tape a piece of card stock or construction paper around the edge)
  • paper punches in a variety of flowers and leaves (choose small or medium-sized punchers that make shapes that are about 3/4" to 1" in diameter)
  • Easter "grass" (optional)

*Note: Washi tape is Japanese decorative masking tape. You can find single packs or sets of these inexpensive but beautiful and colorful tapes through online stores like Cutetape.com. Washi tapes can be used to create a myriad of crafts, including cards, mini bunting, toothpick decorations, and more. They can also be used to dress up gift wrap, and can be a fun way for kids to decorate cups, candle holders, and anything else they want to jazz up with pops of color and designs.

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Measure and make marks all around the cup.

Easter basket
Katherine Lee

To get started, measure 1 and 1/2 inches from the bottom of the cup and make marks at various points around the cup. You will use these marks as a guide to cut off the top of the cup to make your mini Easter basket.

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Begin cutting the top off the mini Easter basket.

Easter basket
Katherine Lee

Using the marks you made as a guide, cut around the cup to take off the top and make your mini Easter basket.

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Make a trim around the top of your Easter basket.

Easter basket
Katherine Lee

Your mini Easter basket is now ready for decorating. Using your washi tape or a piece of colorful construction paper or lightweight card stock, tape a strip all around the top to make a trim.

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Add the handle.

Easter basket
Katherine Lee

Once your trim has been taped down, add a handle to your mini basket. Cut a strip of card stock or construction paper about 3/4" wide and 7" long. Glue or tape the handle to the inside of the basket.

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Use your flower punch to make flowers and leaves.

Easter basket
Katherine Lee

Next, use your paper punches to create flowers and leaves of various shapes and sizes. (Hint: If you use a flower punch that allows you to cut out several shapes at once such as the one pictured in the photo, it sames a bit of time, and can be less expensive, too.)

Kids will love this step; punching paper shapes can be loads of fun, especially when you make a bunch in fun colors.

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Glue the paper flowers onto your Easter baskets.

Easter basket
Katherine Lee

Next, take your paper punch flowers and glue them onto the outside rims of your mini Easter baskets. Try to vary the colors and shapes to create a pretty-looking combination of flowers. (Kids will adore this step of the basket-making; they can choose where they want the flowers to go and glue them on themselves!)

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Fill your mini baskets with candy or toys.

Easter basket
Katherine Lee

Now your Easter baskets are ready to be filled with treats or toys. Add Easter "grass" (optional) and fill your mini baskets with colorful candy or other kid-favorites and place them all around the house or Easter table to make things more festive and colorful. Your kids will be thoroughly proud of their creations!

 

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