Our first Easter post was bunny origami, from the book Windy. Here is another Easter origami craft. This one is origami easter baskets — adapted from this pattern for a newspaper bin from origami club (I found following the animation easier than following the diagram, by the way) which I found via pinterest on my paper board.
I don't like buying a lot of plastic Easter materials which only live in the house a few days. Here is an upcycled basket which is fun to make — made with newspaper, strips of coloured paper and washi tape. Oh, we did break down and buy some commercial stickers ^_^
I tried these out with some friends and neighbours. This basket is by our neighbour W., aged 4.
origami easter baskets
M A T E R I A L S
— sheet of newspaper (or very large sheet of rectangular paper)
— 1 or 2 strips of paper about 1/2 -inch by 11 inches (you can cut a strip lengthwise from a standard) letter-size sheet of paper or use lucky star strips, which we did)
— decorations such as feathers, stickers, rhinestones, washi tape
— extra newspaper or coloured paper cut into strips to be filling for the basket (optional)
I N S T R U C T I O N S
— fold newspaper according to the instructions from origami club. You might need to do a couple before you get it right, that's ok.
— put a little glue at the bottom, between the bottom flap and the bottom of the basket — this will give it extra support for holding eggs. Give it time to dry. You can decorate the eggs and basket while it dries.
— attach the handles using a stapler. I used a mini-stapler. If you use a standard stapler, staple sideways to be sure the handle is punched through and won't slip out.
— decorate your basket. We did letters for each child's name on the side of the basket with washi tape.
E G G S
For the eggs we used some
1 packet of kool-aid + 2/3 cup tap water. The koolaid is nice because it smells good and costs about 30¢ a packet. It does a great job.
We also made some food colouring dye :
5-10 drop food colouring + 1/2 cup tap water + 1 tablespoon vinegar.
— put stuffing & eggs in basket and you're done. Good job!