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DIY Grocery Bag Easter Basket

DIY easter basket

What to do with all those grocery bags tucked under my sink?! I find that there is something quite endearing about brown kraft grocery bags and the up-cycling piece of my brain has been dancing around ideas for a while. I have been seeing a few variations of woven paper baskets around the web, so weaving and Easter basket from recycled paper bags seem to be a perfect solution! Here is what I came up with. ~Lia

(INSTRUCTIONS FOR GROCERY BAG EASTER BASKET)
1) Using full size paper grocery bag, remove handles (•note some do not come with handles) and cut down center seam. Trim off bottom of bag and open the trimmed bag flat. You can discard handles and bottom of bag.
2) Mark 1.75 inch strips (top to bottom) and trim. You will need 19 strips which you should be able to get from just one bag.
3) Fold each strip lengthwise into thirds. This will make your basket very strong and help hide the printing from the outside of your grocery bag.
4) 2 of your strips will create a handle. Weave them together as shown in the diagram below. You can create this effect by keeping the surfaces facing up and crossing them back and forth over each other. Use clothes pins to hold them into place until you are ready to glue them onto basket.
5) Weave the bottom of the basket using 6X6 strips. Once the weave is tight and aligned, you can secure the corners with a drop of hot glue.
6) Trim 2 of your strips in half. Hot glue 3 of those half strips onto 3 full strips. You will have one extra half strip to discard. These longer strips will be your basket sides.
7) Fold the loose side strips of your basket to prepare them for weaving in the 3 long strips.
8) On 2 opposite sides of the basket, trim the 2 center strips 3 inches long.
9) Glue the woven handle onto these trimmed strips using clothes pins to secure them until the glue cools.
10) Now, using those 3 longer strips we made in step 6, weave around edges to create the box shape. You can glue the side strips at the beginning and end, but you may want to wait on extra glue until you have finished the next step.
11) For each of the loose strips, fold back and forth and trim so you can tuck the strip under the top side band. At this point you can add any extra glue you might need to secure strips into place.

How to make a paper Easter basket DIY grocery bag Easter basket For Easter or for any time of the year, this recycled basket is a great use for your grocery bags.

Lia

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Lia is a daily crafter, maker, designer and DIYer. Find more of her creative inspiration at liagriffith.com.


  1. Wow – this is a fabulous idea! Great for recycling! Brings me back to my basket making days :)

  2. This is so much easier than other Easter basket weaving creations I tried. Thanks!

  3. What a really great way to use a good ol’ Trader Joe’s brown bag. I did something similar with scrapbook paper when I used to work for me & my BIG ideas. :)
    http://meandmybigideas.typepad.com/me-my-big-ideas/2010/03/all-your-eggs-in-one-basket.html

  4. This is great! Too bad I only have 1 brown bag. :0/

  5. Great tutorial and beautiful photography.

    I shared a link to your post on Craft Connection

    http://craft-connection.blogspot.com/2012/03/diy-grocery-bag-easter-basket.html

  6. Lovely. Great pictures too. Springlove from Denmark.

  7. Awesome! I love this. My grocery stores don’t use brown bags anymore. I’ll have to find some so I can make one…or lots!

    I’d love for you to link up and share: http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/search/label/Link%20Party

  8. Denise Cameron of Custom Quilling.com, pointed out this great tutorial. Just love it.

  9. How does it only take 1 bag? You can’t get 19, 1.75″ strips out of one bag? I must be missing something? HELP!

    • I am not so good at math, haha. . . but with the two I made, one for the tester and one for the shoot, I used only one bag. I will go back and do that math.

      • Ok. . . I just did the math and with a Trader Joe bag that is 37+ inches wide when it is cut open, you should be able to get 21 strips at 1.75 inches wide. I am thinking that your bag may be smaller? No, problem. . . just measure and divide to know how wide to make your strips. It will turn out adorable at any size.

  10. This is awesome! We don’t really have paper grocery bags in Australia, so I used the thin brown bit of cardboard that comes inside a roll of wrapping paper, and cut it into 3cm strips folded in half. It worked out pretty well!
    Two things I learned:

    1. Don’t take the easy way out and use hot glue to make the strips hold together better as you weave, because you won’t be able to tuck all the ends in at the end and will have to use even MORE hot glue! Curse my laziness.

    2. That pretty woven handle is harder to achieve than it looks! How do you do it, Lia? :)

    • Great idea to use the cardboard. You are right about the hot glue. I made the same mistake on my test basket. I learned to save the glue for the corners. As you weave it helps for the pieces to be able to naturally shift as well. For the handles I wrapped the two pieces around each other but still keeping them flat. The crossover spot creates a natural curve to the handle. I did find that securing them with the clothes pin really did help.

  11. Thank you for sharing this – so pretty

  12. I was going to not do a traditional Easter Basket this year for my kids, but i will make these instead. So cute! Why not just use brown shipping paper? Same material, but much easier to find.

  13. Super! Great tutorial! Thanks!

  14. this is a great tutorial! thank you so much, I’m going to be making these with my kids this week! :)

  15. Love this! I am going to give it a try tonight!

  16. I love this and I will try it my self. Thank you for the idea.
    Randi

  17. So pretty! Such a sweet gift and, my favourite part…. it can be recycled once the recipient is tired of having it around. No guilt, no clutter. Love it!

  18. I love this, but you’ve lost me at step 6…. If I cut 2 strips then I have 4 pieces. You say to glue to ends… ends of what? To lengthen 3… but I have 4 pieces. Perhaps I am dense. lol Would appreciate a little clarification. Thanks!!!

    • You are right. You will have an extra unused piece. . . I tried to show that by scribbling over the 4th piece. I am glad you asked.

  19. I just found your blog and I love it! I’m definitely going to make these baskets! Thanks for posting a tutorial.

  20. That is just adorable! I love it. Thank you for sharing. :)

  21. step six is confusing where did those 3 strips in the photo come from? why am going to lengthen them are they going to go around the sides of the basket or the bottom?

    • Sorry, it is a bit tricky to explain (but easy to do). The 2 strips that are cut in half are part of the original 19 strips. You will need 3 strips to weave the edges of the basket and since the bag is not large enough, you will need to glue one of the half strips onto the three that you will use for these sides. There will be an extra half to discard. Does this help?

  22. Thanks for the tutorial on these adorable baskets, can’t wait to try it out! If you don’t mind me asking, where did you purchase the beautiful grey floral table linen pictured? I’ve seen it before, but cannot remember the place.
    By the way, I just subscribed to your email and added myself to the exclusive offers list. LOVE your blog!
    Hope you stop by and visit at Sweet Ava Kate. Have a great weekend!

    • Hello Alicia, thanks for your feedback. I will go check out your blog as soon as I write this. The napkin in the photo was purchased at Cost Plus World Market about 6 months ago. I love them. I used it for the paper rose napkin ring photo as well.

  23. Hi, im completely lost on step six do i glue one of the strips all the way down& where are the strips going to be put i cant see in step 7?

    • Glue the 3 half strips onto the ends of the 3 full strips. This will give you the 3 longer strips that will then create the sides of your basket.

  24. Im sorry what 3full strips?? Sorry im alittle slow on this part lol

    • Hey Lisa. You inspired me to add a full written version of the instructions. You can be my tester and see if that makes it easier to follow.

  25. Hello, you were featured here http://artcitruscat.blogspot.com/2012/04/inspiration-desk-bright-easter.html in Easter Inspiration Desk

  26. thanks so much for posting this. I found this on tipjunkie.com I just completed one and I love it :) I will be making more.

  27. Thank You for such a beautiful and inspiring site. Adorable Lil’ basket…:) I tried to open the template for the paper roses, but the page would not open…:(

    • You are so welcome. I think we may need to clarify our buttons on the blog a bit better. When you click the large bar that says “download & print” it will take you to our fabulous freebies page that has a directory for all of our printable downloads. On that page you click any of the photo icons and they will open into a PDF that you can then print.

  28. Oh, my goodness, this is darling! Takes me back years and years to being a brownie, when we made “sit-upons”, weaving in exactly the same way! LOVE your sweet basket! (Came here from the Hero Arts tweet)

  29. Super cute idea! and great tutorial! Definitely will stash for next year! Glad to stumble on your blog -very cute!

    hugs! Kim @ Party Frosting!

  30. Just found this!! Love it!! The previous owners of my home left a giant roll of what looks like brown craft paper, but its thicker and a bit heavier. I used it at Christmas to make a large origami box….now I have an even better use for it!! Its huge, too!!

  31. Oh, I love it!!
    Greetings from Berlin

  32. LOVE this! I can get everything like pictured except the handle! Do you have a tutorial how to get it to look like yours?? I was so hoping I could do this :(

    • Hi Dani, I have a new tutorial on my new blog at liagriffith.com. It is actually a much easier version and you can use twine for the handle.

  33. Lovely diy! I love that it recycles, but still looks clean & simple.

    I think these would be great gift baskets for other occasions too!

    I’ve just added this page to my StumbleUpon. :)

  34. How big are these finished?

  35. I usually use my grocery bags for shaking up popcorn with the salt and butter ! This is great – I run a small town library in Maine and we will be doing recycled crafts for Earth Day – this will also tie in with May Day baskets and pay it forward !! Thank you so very much !!

  36. This is so sweet, think I will have to make some May Day baskets!

  37. Hi, I just wanted to tell you that I featured your grocery bag Easter Basket in my roundup of super clever Easter basket craft ideas!

    Your Easter basket was VERY creative!

    Thanks for the great craft idea,

    Courtney

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