Easy to Make Homemade Easter Baskets
The Materials Needed
- An old shirt or skirt
- Six wire clothes hangers
- Round cardboard cutout
- Metal cutters
- Needle-nose pliers
- Soldering iron
The Steps to Making an Easter Basket
To make an Easter basket from cloth and clothes hangers, you do not need amazing basket weaving skills. These simple steps will help you create a basket at home.
Make the base. Snip the bottoms of the two wire hangers at the curves. Set the two wires to cross each other in the middle. Solder the wires with the soldering iron and let sit until the solder has cooled. Set the cardboard circle on top of the wires where the center of the circle is exactly over the place where the wires cross. Bend the wires up to a 90-degree angle where the cardboard ends.
Solder the wire. Cut the shirt or skirt into long strips of cloth 1-inch in width each. For the best results, use shirts or skirts that were bright, pastel colors or fun patterns. Mixing solids and patterns that match well makes a lovely Easter basket also.
Cut the remaining four hangers in the same way as the first two. Using the needle-nose pliers, curve the hangers into circles and solder the circles closed at the ends. Make four circles. Cut four of the short straight pieces off the hangers. Solder these pieces to the ends of the bottom pieces that are bent up toward the top.
Easter basket size can vary. Make the basket as deep as you desire by either soldering the short pieces from the bottom of the basket or from the top of the wires coming up. Solder the circles to the four straight pieces at even intervals starting from the bottom and ending at the top.
Weave the Easter basket. Tie the strips of cloth to the bottom circle in patterned intervals. Decide before tying what pattern you want as it is tedious to take the strips off and replace them once you’ve started weaving. Once the strips are tied to the circle, weave them over and under the wire circles. The strips need to go straight up, make sure you do not weave to the side.
Continue to weave the strips of cloth around the basket frame until the entire basket is covered. Begin weaving a long piece of cloth through the vertical strips between each of the four wire circles. If possible, make sure the horizontal cloth strip is long enough to go around twice. Weave a piece of cloth in between all the wire circles. This will strengthen the basket frame, ensuring the Easter eggs, candy and toys do not spill out of the basket if the child is active with the basket.
The Optional Additions to an Easter Basket
Attach the handle. Braid three or four long pieces of cloth into a long rope. Tie the ends of this rope to opposite sides of the top circle of the basket frame. This rope will act as a handle. If you prefer a handle that stands up like a traditional Easter basket, braid the strips of cloth around another piece of a wire hanger. This can be soldered to the top circle of the basket frame or simply tied to the basket with the braided cloth strips.
Fill the Easter basket. Buy fake plastic grass if you desire. However, a more economical and ecologically friendly path to take would be to shred paper that is colored green. Use this as the base and fill the basket with candy, small toys and Easter eggs.
It is fun to create the Easter baskets with the children for whom the baskets are made. This way they can decide upon the colors and learn how to weave. The soldering should be done by an adult only, but learning to weave, pattern match and design an item such as this helps in fine motor skills, mathematics, and problem solving skills.