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)
- A pencil
- Glue (I used a craft glue gun)
- Non-toxic paint in fun, Easter colours
- Stickers, glitter or anything cool to decorate with
Ready 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.
2) 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.
3) 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.
4) 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.
Each 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!