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How to Make Mini Easter Baskets with Paper Plates

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These lovely mini Easter baskets are easily made with inexpensive paper plates. Kids and adults alike will enjoy making them and they make a great gift, too.

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Updated March 2021

I wanted to share the sweet DIY mini Easter baskets we’ve been making out of paper plates.

We’ve all been rather obsessed with them, in fact.

Daphne made a half dozen of them to give as gifts to teachers and family (and insisted on adding candy to each before gifting them).

These mini Easter baskets are easy to make and so pretty that I thought you might like to make some, too.

In addition to the baskets, we’ve been using a slightly modified technique to make beautiful paper bowls.

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Mini Easter Baskets from a Paper Plate

Actually, I’m going to share two ways to make these. Most of the time we decorated the paper plates and then turned the colorful paper plates into baskets, so I’ll start with that method. But for a few of them, we made the baskets out of plain white paper plates and then painted them. (That second method works best if you don’t want to do the watercolor resist.)

MATERIALS

*We used liquid watercolor paints, which we LOVE. They are super vibrant and easy to use. However, you can totally use a watercolor paint palette if that’s what you have!

DIY Mini Easter Baskets from Paper Plates

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Draw with oil pastels

    First, draw on one or both sides of your paper plate with oil pastels. My kids chose to use white but you could use any color.

    paper plate with design drawn on it

  2. Paint the paper plate

    Use watercolor paint to paint over the oil pastel drawing, for a watercolor resist effect.

    watercolor resist on paper plate for mini basket

    Daphne chose to add extra paint within the oil pastel lines and enjoyed seeing how it (mostly) stayed within those lines.

    paper plate as mini easter basket

    Let dry.

  3. Paint the other side

    After the first side dries, turn the plate over and paint the other side. Let dry again.

  4. Embellish

    This step is totally optional, but both kids chose to add decorative washi tape to some of their baskets and bowls. I think the first time, it was because a plate had cracked along the center and it was a Beautiful Oops! repair job. But they both liked how it looked so much that they did it on others as well.

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  5. Make cuts around the circumference

    Then, make even cuts all around the circumference of the decorated paper plate, about 2 1/2 inches long. (I just made each cut the length of the scissor blades I was using.)

    cutting plate into mini basket

  6. Staple the basket

    To turn your flat paper plate into a basket shape, overlap two adjacent cut strips partway and staple them near the top.

    stapling mini basket

    Repeat, stapling each section to the next, until you form a bowl shape.

    stapling the paper plate

  7. Add a Handle

    Use the hole punch to punch two holes at opposite sides of the rim of your basket. Then thread a pipe cleaner through the holes to form a basket handle, wrapping the ends to secure it.

    DIY Mini Easter Baskets from Paper Plates - Add a handle

    That’s one of Daphne’s baskets above, with bonus staples and an extra thick and fuzzy pipe cleaner for a handle.

Mini easter basket

Use or Gift Your Baskets!

You can use your colorful little baskets for Easter egg hunts, to gather nature items, to carry treasures, or to give as gifts.

Daphne wanted to give several of her teachers the little baskets and bowls she had made, totally unprompted or aided by me. So she worked diligently to create the right number of baskets etc, make gift tags, and fill them with Easter candy (which she cajoled me into buying).

Two Variations on the Mini Easter Baskets and Bowls

white mini baskets from plates

Variation #1: Create the basket first

The first variation is to create the Easter basket out of your paper plate and pipe cleaner first and then decorate it. We did this for some of ours and it worked well.

painting basket with watercolors

You can use watercolor paints (or any paints), markers, washi tape, and stickers, etc to decorate your plain baskets. (The oil pastel resist technique doesn’t really work on these pre-shaped baskets since you can’t press hard enough.)

Variation #2: Make Bowls 

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The second variation is to use this technique to make bowls instead of baskets.

 To do this, overlap the cut sections a bit less when stapling them so you end up with a shallower bowl shape. And, of course, skip the handle.

table with mini baskets

We have been using our pretty paper plate bowls to hold Easter candy and other treats (specifically for my birthday party).

bowls on drying rack

Here are some of our little Easter baskets and bowls on the wood drying rack.

Pretty much all you need for these sweet miniature Easter baskets are paper plates!

Easter basket filled with eggs

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Kelly
    April 13, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    I love these baskets! Our preschool always has an Easter egg hunt. I would be great to do this craft before the class party so that every child in the class had a basket

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      Jean Van't Hul
      April 14, 2017 at 4:52 am

      So glad you like these, Kelly! And yes, it would be a fun craft to do with the kids before an Easter egg hunt! :)

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    GardenofEP
    April 14, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Made these with my kids today. They were fun to make and cute! Thank you! I so enjoy all your art activities.

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      Jean Van't Hul
      April 17, 2017 at 4:23 am

      Wonderful! So glad you and the kids enjoyed making these!

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    Jacqueline Barker
    April 27, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Its a very informational article, thanks we liked it.

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    Sonja
    March 10, 2018 at 1:34 am

    Wonderful!!!!!!! We will try it today… thank you!

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    David
    May 3, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    Amazing and very informative..Keep up the good work !!

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    David
    May 3, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Detailed Instructions .. indeed.. Will try this with my son!!

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