Upcycled grocery bag Easter basket

From paper bag to gorgeous Easter basket

Make this DIY Easter basket with your paper grocery bags.

We all want to find ways to be a little more green, right? Well, I believe being green can also mean adorable and clever, and a perfect example of this is my upcycled Easter basket. By reusing paper grocery bags, I have woven this delightful little basket that can hold Easter treats as well as a number of goodies all year 'round.

Supplies:

  • Paper grocery bag (twine handles are best but you can use paper handles, too)
  • Ruler and pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

Instructions:

1

Gather your materials.

Upcycled grocery bag Easter basket

2

Deconstruct the grocery bag.

Upcycled grocery bag Easter basket

3

Measure and mark 1.25-inch-wide strips.
You will need 18 strips for the basket and four strips for the braces.

Upcycled grocery bag Easter basket

4

Trim your strips with scissors.

Upcycled grocery bag Easter basket

5

Glue six of the strips together to make three long strips.

Upcycled grocery bag Easter basket

6

Fold all of your strips (except for the four brace pieces)
in half lengthwise, with the bag print hidden inside.

Upcycled grocery bag Easter basket

7

Using the two bag handles, wrap together to form a basket handle
and tack together at ends with hot glue.

Upcycled grocery bag Easter basket

8

Glue six of your shorter folded strip edges onto the brace, keeping the folded
strips touching edges. Repeat with a second set of six.

Upcycled grocery bag Easter basket

9

Weave the two sets together to form the basket base.

Upcycled grocery bag Easter basket

10

Center and tighten the weave, and glue the other two braces
onto the loose ends of the folded strips.

Upcycled grocery bag Easter basket

11

Fold and crease all four edges of weave to begin the shape of the basket.

Upcycled grocery bag Easter basket

12

Trim excess brace paper on all edges.

Upcycled grocery bag Easter basket

13

Using the three long strips, weave three rows around the basket.

Upcycled grocery bag Easter basket

14

Trim excess off long strips as you go.

Upcycled grocery bag Easter basket

15

Trim each inside strip from the brace, fold out and tuck end under top row strip
Trim outside strips from brace and fold in, tucking the end under top row strip.

Upcycled grocery bag Easter basket

16

Release tack on handle and weave into inside of basket.

Upcycled grocery bag Easter basket

17

Using a small square of paper to cover handle ends inside of basket,
secure handle and square with hot glue.

Upcycled grocery bag Easter basket

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Comments on "Upcycled grocery bag Easter basket"

Jolie November 11, 2013 | 4:05 AM

There is mention of short lengths, how short? Glue six strips, making three strips. I see six glued strips Are they glued end to end to make three long strips? These are to wrap all the way around the basket sides, right? What is the length of the braces? There are two wide flat strips with the print of the bag - how long and when are they folded so the print no longer shows, or are they trimmed away, as shown in one photo? The next photo does not show them. They are then shown to be on the top edge, but again seem to disappear after that. What are the dimensions of the basket when completed? Confused!

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