Easy Paper Bag Easter Baskets

Make the cutest Easter treat baskets from paper bags, complete with woven-like handle! Perfect for holding treats or small gifts and easy to customize. Read on for the step by step tutorial.

I love budget crafting and sharing inexpensive ideas with you! These small Easter baskets made from brown paper lunch bags couldn't be cuter! They're easy to make using simple items you probably have at home right now! What are you waiting for? Let's make some paper bag Easter treat baskets!
My kids are all grown but I still enjoy making them Easter treat bags...believe me, as soon as the first grandbaby arrives, that will allll change 😁

Paper bag home decor

Crafting with paper bags is a great way to make amazing decor for less!  Last year I made bunny treat bags with pom pom tails. You can watch the short reel on my Instagram here. I've also used paper bags to make a copper magnolia wreath and an paper bag oak leaf garland. Take a peek at these paper bag projects below.

Paper bag bunnies, wreath, garland
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How to make paper bag Easter baskets

This year I wanted something a little bit different, and came up with these little paper bag Easter baskets. What makes them special is the twisted handle! It really resembles a woven basket handle, and it's so easy to make!

Let's get right into the tutorial.

I put the steps into a collage and will share the details below as well as additional ways to use these little DIY Easter baskets.


I'll do my best to explain the steps below, but I know we all process things differently. If there's any step that confuses you, please reach out via email and ask!

Steps to make paper bag Easter treat baskets

1. Measure down from the top of the bag about 5-1/2" and cut along the side seam on each side of the bag. How far down you cut determines how tall your basket will be, so adjust as needed.
2. Fold each side of the bag down several times until you get to the end.
3. Refer to the picture to see how your basket should be looking at this point.
4. Cut the end off another bag and fold the bag itself into thirds.
5. Cut along the folded lines to get 10 strips.
6. Fold each strip of paper in half lengthwise.
7. Glue two strips together (mark the middle of one strip and glue the second strip at the middle point). You'll do this 4x so you'll end up with 4 double strips using 8 pieces of paper.
8. Squeeze and twist each strip of paper...be careful not to rip the paper!
9. Twist the strips together. Your four strips will become two strips and then one strip. At this point, it will be very sturdy. This will be your basket's handle.*
10. Tie a ribbon at each end to hold the strips together and glue to the sides of the basket. 
* you could also try braiding the strips together

Tips for success:

  1. if you want your basket to be sturdier and last longer, use two paper bags, one inside the other
  2. work gently so as not to rip the paper
  3. glue the ends of the handle to the space between the folds at each side of the basket
  4. a sheer, thin ribbon is best because you can make it really tight and securely tie the ends of the basket handle together
  5. if you prefer not to use ribbon, glue the ends of the handle inside the basket 


Decorate Easter basket

Now it's time to decorate and customize your DIY basket. Print out and glue the decorative printable to the front of the basket, add extra ribbon and even a stamped tag. I used these stamps, this ink and strips of cardstock to make simple Easter greetings.

You could decorate with stickers, paint, whatever you can think of! Consider stamping the child's name on the bag to personalize it, or use alphabet stickers.

I stuffed my baskets with crinkled shredded paper and added my favorite pastel speckled eggs. Isn't this soft color pretty?

What else can I add to Easter baskets?

  • If you have young children or grandkids, small toys or craft kits are a fun addition
  • Fill your basket with Easter candy, in the form of chocolate, jelly beans, and plastic eggs filled with treats
  • My favorite bunny munch mix (grab the recipe here) would be a yummy and appreciated addition, especially for adult kids (add the mix to a plastic bag first)
  • If you're gifting to a teacher or hostess, consider adding a floral stem like a beautiful peony  (stick into a foam ball inside a terracotta pot for weight and cover top with moss)
  • A Spring bloom in a small pot, like a hyacinth, would be very special
  • Easter decor, like this little bunny pillow hanging (tutorial coming soon) or a trio of my drop cloth DIY carrots would also make cute basket filler

As always, I love to hear from you! If you make these paper bag Easter baskets, please let me know, and include a picture so I can share it on social ❤

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  1. Amazing, I love the handles you created here. It just add that little extra to the bag.
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  2. I love this! Thank you for sharing it with us on Farmhouse Friday. I'll be featuring it tomorrow. pinned again!

  3. NO ONE will ever have a good excuse not to have an Easter basket on hand after this gorgeous tutorial using a paper bag of all things! Love the twisted handle too, it looks so wicker-like!

  4. These are so cute! I just made some for my grandkids and I love how they turned out! I happened to have a package of white lunch bags that I never used for another project and used the free printables from the Graphics Fairy as you suggested. Thank you for the sweet idea!


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