How to make a simple paper Easter Egg basket
Simple crafts do wonders in helping mamas to find their creative spark! Even a simple creative task, such as this, proves that they CAN be creative!
During our old Moondew playgroup days, we only had limited time for crafty things. The activity needed to be purposeful, beautiful and worthwhile and where possible, engage the older children in the task. I only had a few moments to show mamas and children what to do whilst keeping an eye on things, so our creative tasks needed to be fairly straight forward and easy. After showing one or two mama bears what to do, they then taught each other.
That is what I call creative co-operation!!
These baskets are great for Easter Egg hunts or Autumn festivals. Make sure to have one for every child, including little and big siblings. They won’t want to miss the fun! I guarantee it.
How to make a simple paper Easter Egg Basket
First, take a square piece of cardboard 18cm by 18cm. Divide it into 3 sections. Follow the pattern above. Cut along the solid lines and around the corner edges.
Fold the middle section up.
Take another strip of cardboard 2cm wide by 14cm long. Line this strip with a smaller strip of fancy patterned paper.
We will use two ‘brads’ (paper fasteners) to put the whole thing together.
On one side, fold up the centre flap, then the right and left flaps. Add the handle strip on the inside edge. Use a sharp needle to poke a little guide hole through the four layers of cardboard.
Push a brad through the four pieces to hold them together.
Do the same thing on the other side, then decorate as you fancy. We added little nametags and cut outs of little eggs. Simple but sweet!
Here is a picture of some of our baskets from 2010, ready and waiting for Easter Festival Day!
(A little side note, I’m going to be hosting educator playgroups for our Rainbow Bridge Family Day Care scheme very soon and I absolutely can’t wait to be back working with little children and lovely ladies each week doing this kind of thing!)