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Paper Easter Baskets

These pastel paper bags decorated with construction paper are a whimsical alternative to the traditional woven baskets.

Materials

  • Colored paper bags and construction paper (both available at craft stores)
  • Eyelet kit (available at sewing stores)
  • Utility knife
  • Flower and leaf templates
  • Microhole punch (or awl)
  • Hammer
  • 2-foot length of 2-inch-wide wired ribbon

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Fold down the top of each bag four times, creating a 1 1/2-inch-wide band.

  2. Step 2

    Trace flower and leaf templates onto construction paper (or create your own shapes). Cut them out with a utility knife.

  3. Step 3

    Using a microhole punch or an awl, pierce the center of each flower, the base of each leaf, and the front of the bag, or its band. Arrange flowers and leaves on the bag so that all the holes line up.

  4. Step 4

    Push a metal eyelet through the holes from the outside of the bag in. Insert the eyelet post (included in the kit) into the back of the eyelet; hammer from the back of the eyelet until the eyelet flattens.

  5. Step 5

    Punch holes at each end of the band, and fit with the eyelets. Thread the wired ribbon through the holes; knot to secure, and trim the ends.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, Volume 36 April 1996

Reviews (5)

  • Katamom 27 Mar, 2012

    I tried this with craft bags from Hobby Lobby, easily tore trying to turn the tops down and wrinkled....any suggestions. Looked so cute in the picture...the sacks are sturdy. Didn't end up crisp and sleek!

  • Amandakay 2 Apr, 2009

    Chickadoodle, I bought the bags at Michael's. They are about 4 3/4"W x 2 3/4". And no, they are not as sturdy as they look in the picture. So I weighted mine down with a rock.

  • Peschong4 31 Mar, 2009

    I have made these for my kids and I have used regular lunch bags.

  • chickadoodle 26 Mar, 2009

    It would be helpful to know what size paper bags are used in the photograph and where they can be purchased. I have seen small lunch type bags but these look larger and sturdier.

  • chickadoodle 26 Mar, 2009

    It would be helpful to know what size paper bags are used in the photograph and where they can be purchased. I have seen small lunch type bags but these look larger and sturdier.