Easy Making Easter Paper Baskets
Making Easter paper baskets for the treats for your children and guests is easy and fun project, and it will be lovely feature in your house on Easter holiday. Fill them with small chocolate eggs or place one decorated Easter egg and place them on the table or window sill.
Materials you need
– crepe paper in colours of your choice or medium size coffee filters
– food safe colours (if you use coffee filters)
– small paper or polystyrene cups (white if possible)
– paper towels
– large rectangular baking pan or wire racks
– isolated wire or floral stems
– quick-drying gel glue
How to make it
1 Dye your coffee filters (if you use them, not crepe paper). Mix 12-20 drops of food coloring into a small amount of water (approximately 1 cup). Basically, if you use crepe paper bought in the shops, you will have a floral baskets in strong colours; but if you use coffee filters you have an opportunity to play a bit and have nice, gentle shades of colours.
If you use crepe paper, simple cut the round shapes out.
For the leaves: Put a stack of filters in the dye (as they absorb the dye, they will completely flatten out). Let them sit for a minute or two, then remove them from the dye. Let the excess drip off and then put them aside to dry on a paper towel lined baking tray or on a wire rack set over paper towels.
For the flowers: Working in stacks, dip the edges of the filters into the dye, letting it work its way up as high as you’d like, but not saturating the bottom. Remove the stack from the dye, let the excess drip off, then put them aside to dry face down, keeping the shape of the filter intact.
2 Stack 5 dry filters together (2 of one color for the middle, 3 of another color for the outer petals), then fold in half. Make a slit in the middle of the half, then cut those two portions in half again. Finally, cut slits along the folded edge. Round the cut edges to make petal shapes.
3 Cut a wire 10 – 15 cm long, then bend it to form a “U” shape. Attach it to the sides of the paper cup using glue dots or another strong glue.
4 Take the top coffee filter and push it into the paper or polystyrene cup, arranging the petals as desired.
5 Put a little glue on the bottom of the cup and around the top edge on the outside. Attach the second coffee filter around the outside of the cup. These two layers will cover it.
6 Run a line of glue around the bottom and the outer bottom edge of the petal covered cup and attach the third coffee filter, cupping it up a bit so it connects with the glued edge. Attach the fourth and fifth filters by gluing them onto the bottom of the cup.
7 Fold a green filter in half, cut a leaf shape, then glue it to the bottom of the flower basket.
Source Urban Comfort