The Mother of Adventure

A tisket, a tasket…a little Easter basket!

on April 14, 2014

What *is* a tisket…or a tasket, for that matter? This age-old rhyme jumped into my head when I was titling this post, and now I’m sitting here ‘Googling’ the definition – or trying to! There actually doesn’t seem to be one – it looks like Ella Fitzgerald was just trying to make up a rhyme with “basket” back in the 30s and it sortof stuck.

But I digress…it’s almost Easter, and the girls and I have been working on some fun craft projects – one of which is this cute Easter basket. This is a great project for kids of all ages as it’s uber-easy to make – or you can choose to prep it ahead of time and just let the little ones go crazy with the decorating. Best of all, there’s a good chance you already have everything you need to make it – the list of supplies is waaay short.

Here’s what you need to get started:

  • Two paper plates of the same size (you can use full-sized or dessert plates)
  • Scissors
  • A pencil
  • Glue (I used a craft glue gun)
  • Non-toxic paint in fun, Easter colours
  • Stickers, glitter or anything cool to decorate with

Paper plate with toolsReady to roll? Here’s what to do:

1) Take one of your paper plates and flip it over (I bought some coloured ones at the dollar store – so turn it to the white side). Using a ruler and pencil, draw a straight line across the middle of the plate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basket with white half2) Cut along your pencil line so that you have two halves, then position one of the halves  – back side out – over the lower half of the second plate. Glue in place.

 

 

 

 

 

Basket with handle3) Now you’re ready to cut a handle for your basket (note: parents will need to help young kids with this step). Using the end of your scissors or something sharp (I used a corkscrew), carefully puncture a hole in the middle of the top half of your basket. Use this as a starting place for your scissors. Cut out a semi-circle, leaving the rim of the plate intact.

 

 

 

Painting the basket4) The hard part’s all done (I know, so easy, right??) and it’s time for some decorating fun! If you’d like a base colour for your basket, you can paint the white base of the basket now. Once it’s dry, you’re ready for stickers, glitter or whatever your kids dream up. I like putting lots of options out and letting their imaginations go wild.

 

 

 

Finished basketsEach child’s finished project will look totally different from the next – which is the whole fun of it! The baskets are narrow, but the girls and I decided that they are just the right width to slip in some homemade Easter cookies – a gift for a favourite teacher, perhaps??

Hope you and your little ones have fun with this simple, basket-making craft. Happy Easter!

 


3 responses to “A tisket, a tasket…a little Easter basket!

  1. Meredith says:

    Super cute! I’m loving the polka dot butterfly cookie basket. Mmmmm. I’ll bet I end up with monster truck plates when jimmy and I try it this week.

    • Thanks – the polka dot one was mine – hee hee! Mommy got lazy with stickers, while the kids were all diligent with their original art! 😉 Monster trucks sound just perfect for the little man!

  2. Are you sure you aren’t a kindergarten teacher!?! These crafts are incredibly simple yet genius! Another home run hit to entertaining someone young.

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