12 Feb 2016

Easy Paper Mache Easter Basket

Have you noticed the supermarkets are already flooded with Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies and chicks? It may be a little way off, but Easer for me, is a celebration of spring. The days grow longer, golden daffodils pop up everywhere, and baby bunnies hop in green fields across the land.

Easy Paper Mache Easter Basket

An Easter basket is a great way to symbolise spring. As part of this month’s Bostik Blogger craft challenge, I am going to show you how to make a paper mache Easter basket. It is fun, it is easy to make and it is a craft project that can involve toddlers, teens and everyone in-between. You can decorate it to reflect your taste. You can personalise it with anything that says springtime to you. Or you can use it to gift Easter goodies to friends and family.

To make this Easter basket you will need:

  1. Glue
  2. A balloon 
  3. Sheets of tissue paper - red, green, yellow
  4. A pipe cleaner 
  5. Pair of scissors 
  6. Decorative embellishments - glitter, pom-poms, foam eggs, flowers, leaves.
  7. Marker pen
Here is how you can make your own paper mache Easter basket.

1) Blow up and tie off the balloon to a size you want your basket to be. Tear the red tissue paper into largish pieces. This can be strangely therapeutic and you may end up with more bits of torn paper than originally intended.


2) Using a marker pen, draw a line around the broader end of the balloon. This will serve as a guideline upto which you do the paper mache.


3) Now for the fun bit, the part where children can get really messy in this craft. Smear the balloon with glue and stick pieces of tissue paper on it in layers. Glue on at least three layers of paper. This will ensure the end product is sturdy and retains its shape.

Doing the paper mache

4) Leave your project it to dry, preferably overnight. This proves tricky when you have impatient children hovering around.

Waiting for the paper mache to set dry


5) Once the glue has dried, burst the balloon. You should now have a paper mache basket left behind.


6) Decorate the outside with embellishments of your choice. We glued on sparkly leaves and flowers.


7) Fill the inside of the basket with any leftover red tissue paper.


8) Cut the green and yellow tissue into long, thin strips and lay over the red paper. This is the grass.


9) Bend a pipe cleaner to form a gentle curve and stick it inside the basket to form a handle.
Fill your paper mache Easter basket with flowers, leaves, pom-poms, animals, eggs and anything else that reminds you of springtime.

Easy Paper Mache Easter Basket

There you have it. An easy to make and incredibly pretty paper mache Easter basket to hold all your Easter goodies and springtime treats.

Easy Paper Mache Easter Basket


Disclosure: We were sent a box of craft material to complete this challenge as part of the Bostik Blogger campaign.

12 comments:

  1. Looks like you had lots of fun making this easter basket. I have never thought of doing paper mache with my little girl, Thank you for the inspiration! X

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  2. This is so cute! I can't wait to do arts & crafts with my little boy..he's just a little bit too young at the moment. I couldn't believe how soon the easter eggs were out this year either!!

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  3. Oh I love this - what a great idea. It looks so much fun. I can't believe Easter is round the corner. Kaz x

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  4. aw what a fab idea I am def going to do this with the kids for sure

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  5. I'm 43 years old but I'm still terrified of a balloon popping. I'll have to leave the room for that bit. Looks good though!

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  6. That's such a great activity! We'll be making one of these for sure! You looked like you had fun!

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  7. This looks like a great craft to do with kids and perfect for collecting easter eggs in afterwards!

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  8. Oh I love this, what a great idea and it looks amazing, well done x

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  9. Easter already........oh goodness, its still christmas in my head

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  10. Oh this is too cute! I can't wait to do these type of crafts when my little guy is a bit older. You did great!

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  11. Easter is everywhere already isn't it. I love this craft, we will be having a stab at this. It's a really cute idea

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  12. This looks like a great craft! One that my daughter would love to try this out. I've not thought about Easter yet but we shall be trying this craft.

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