Fabric Collage Easter Baskets

Fabric Easter Basket

These adorable Easter baskets are so much fun to make and they make a wonderful keepsake you can take out year after year!  I used to make them every year in my first grade classroom around Easter.  About 15 minutes into our baskets (and once glue was successfully smeared over every surface in the classroom), I usually wondered why in the world I chose to make these once again.  But the kids loved them, the parents adored them, and it was something out of the ordinary!  Plus, this is a craft that ends up looking good no matter what.  Even when a child chose the most horrendous colors or sloppily stuck the fabric on…once they were dry they looked absolutely adorable despite serious doubts during the process!  Children as young as 3 can help, though they probably won’t be “helping” from start to finish.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  pinking shears (or scissors), scrap fabric cut into 1-2 inch squares (using the pinking shears), a balloon, glue, a hole punch, and wired ribbon. 

1.  Blow up the balloon and draw a line about 1/3 of the way up the balloon.  
2.  Pour out a bunch of glue on a covered surface.  Be prepared to use about 1/2 a bottle of glue on one basket.
3.  Dip each individual piece in the glue (so that the backside is nicely coated) and place below the line on your balloon.
Continue, making sure to stagger the fabric pieces on top of each other so as not to leave any holes.
Big Brother had fun doing this…for a little while anyway.  After about 5 minutes, he was ready to get the dried glue off his hands!
4.  Once every area of the balloon (below the line) is covered with absolutely no holes, take more glue and wipe it across the top of the entire surface.  Make sure there is a thin layer of glue over every piece of fabric.
5.  Hang it up to dry overnight (or longer if necessary).  I used a child-size hanger and attached it using a clothespin, hanging it off our dining room light fixture.  Make sure you put something underneath wherever you hang it because it will most likely drip a little glue.
See?
6.  Once it is completely dry (overnight or longer) and there are no sticky areas, use a needle to pop the balloon.
The balloon will separate itself from the basket as it deflates…
But you might have to help it along a bit, especially if it is not completely dry.
Take the balloon out and toss it.
7.  Use a hole punch to make a hole on each end of the basket.
8.  Cut a long piece of your wide wired ribbon and twist one end.
9.  From the outside in, tie a couple knots in the ribbon until big enough to not slip through the hole.  Repeat on the other side.
I love how this basket kinda looks like an Easter Egg itself…especially when turned upside down!

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Kelly & Ashley says

    So cute. I have done this with yarn but never fabric. Shared on Kid Kapers -http://kidkapers.blogspot.com/2011/04/fabric-collage-easter-basket.html

  2. My Oatmeal Kisses says

    That is a darling idea! I can't wait to try it. I have lots of cute scraps that will be perfect for this!

  3. Anonymous says

    I have made these before, they come out so cute. I love the idea of using a balloon. I usually turn a bowl upside down and cover it with plastic wrap. Love the fabrics you have chosen :)

  4. becca says

    this is so neat…Ive never seen anything like it before. Wish I would have known about this activity when I was teaching my first graders ;-)

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