Crafting with kids: making a simple Easter basket

With today being the first day of Lent, the countdown to Easter has begun. This month’s #BostikBlogger craft box has inspired us to decorate some polystyrene eggs and make a simple Easter basket for them to go in.

 

A decorated cardboard Easter basket filled with painted polystyrene eggs

 

You will need:

  • Polystyrene eggs
  • Paint or paint pens
  • An A4 sheet of card
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape (we used Bostik Tape Discs)
  • Glue (we used Bostik Glu Dots)
  • Foam shapes, gems or buttons to decorate
  • Shredded tissue paper

 

 

1) Decorate the polystyrene eggs with paint or paint pens and leave to dry.

 

Painted polystyrene eggs

 

 

2) Draw a large square shape on the sheet of card and cut out.  Divide the square into thirds horizontally and vertically and mark with pencil lines. Score along the pencil lines. Cut a 3cm strip from the rest of the sheet of card. This will be the handle for the basket.

 

A square shape divided into nine smaller squares plus a strip of cardboard to make the basket handle

 

 

3) Cut along a third of the pencil lines on the top and bottom edges of the square.

 

The square basket template with the top and bottom edges cut

 

 

4) Fold up the middle square at the top and bottom edges. Stick the handle to each side using sticky tape or tape discs.

 

The handle strip stuck to the middle squares of the template

 

 

5) Fold up the two squares either side of the middle square so they are overlapping to cover where the end of the handle. Stick the squares together using sticky tape or tape discs. Repeat on the other side.

 

The cardboard basket with the edges folded in and the handle stuck in place

 

 

6) Decorate the basket using foam shapes, gems or buttons, using glue or glue dots to stick in place.

 

Sophie decorating her basket with gems and foam shapes

 

 

7) Fill the basket with shredded tissue paper and place the decorated polystyrene eggs inside the basket.

 

The finished basket filled with shredded tissue paper and painted eggs

 

 

Apart from measuring and cutting out the template, the girls were able to make the baskets with only a little adult help. They loved decorating the polystyrene eggs and decorating the basket for them to go in. I am sure they will be filled with chocolate eggs once we get to Easter as they would be perfect for an Easter egg hunt.

 

Sophie painting her egg using paint pens

 

We were sent a box of Bostik craft materials as part of being a Tots100 #BostikBlogger

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3 Comments

  1. February 18, 2018 / 7:33 am

    What a brilliant idea. It looks like you had a lot of fun making it too. #MySundayPhoto

  2. February 18, 2018 / 7:34 am

    PS not a Sunday photo. Sorry! I’m doing too many things at once. Hehe.

  3. lisa bradburn
    February 21, 2018 / 1:21 pm

    What a lovely Easter basket – it’s so effective, but looks nice and easy to do. I think ours will be filled with chocolate Easter eggs too once Easter arrives!!!

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