Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Kids Craft Mini Baskets

These little baskets are really easy and inexpensive to make with craft foam and a few other supplies that you probably already have.

Need some help setting the table while you're getting everything else done? These will do the trick ;)

The baskets would also make fun gifts for friends or classmates for Easter. Or you could change the colors for sharing on other holidays. They come together so quickly the possibilities are endless.

If you need a quick bunny tag for gifts, see this post for an easy tutorial.


  • Thin craft foam
  • Easter grass or colored paper shreds
  • Needle (plastic kid's needle works great with the foam)
  • Ribbon, yarn, or heavy thread
  • Stapler (don't worry, you won't see the staples when we're done)
  • Embellishments - buttons, beads, stickers, glitter glue, glue, or whatever goodies you want to decorate with
  • Scissors
  • Small chocolates or other goodies

Putting It Together:

  1. For each basket you'll need two 6" x 2" strips and one 6"x1" strip. (I used a pack from the dollar store that comes in 6"x4" pieces and makes for less measuring and cutting. The foam is thin, but plenty strong for this project.)
  2. Lay your 2" strips across each other, like a "+" sign (see pic). Staple each of the four sides where they overlap.  The flat part of the staples will be on the bottom, outside of your basket, when you put it together in the next step. 
  3. Bring two of the sides together and, using your needle, lace it up with your ribbon from bottom to top, like a pair of shoes. (Don't lace it too close to the edge or it will tear. You can pre-punch the holes if you'd like, especially as a guide for younger kiddos, but the plastic needle pops through easily enough without it.) 
  4. Knot your ribbon at the top corner. Trim ends. Repeat this step for each of the basket corners. ***You can also add beads to the end of your ribbon before trimming.
  5. For the handle, attach 6"x1" strip to opposite sides of the basket by using your needle to thread a piece of ribbon from inside the basket. Sew one stitch, ending with your thread inside, tie a knot and clip the thread tails.
  6. Decorate basket with guest names, drawings, pictures or  other embellishments.
  7. Fill with grass or paper shreds and candies or other small treats.

I have great memories of helping my mom with decorating, and in the kitchen, when we were getting ready for big family meals. Now it's my turn to make those memories with my son :)

Did you help with holiday decorating or meal preparation while growing up? How do you get your little ones involved?

Easter Blessings to you and your family,

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