Spring is in full swing and Easter is just a week away so it's time put some final touches on your holiday decorations and gifts! This eco-friendly spring craft will help you celebrate the season in a fun and super eco-friendly way.
Like other special occasions, with Easter can come an abundance of things to throw away after the festivities. That's why these plantable seed paper baskets are such great idea for the season. They can be used for holding Easter eggs, treats or as springtime décor, but they won't leave any waste behind since they can be planted afterward. They'll grow tons of beautiful wildflowers which are great for pollinators.
Here’s What You Need:
As a guide, we used this woven basket video tutorial with a few modifications, since seed paper is sold as 11 x 17 sheets. You can also use other construction paper if you'd like.
Step 1: Cut out four 3/4-inch by 14-inch strips of seed paper. Repeat with your second color. Cut out four 3/4 inch by 16-inch strips of paper in the third color of seed paper.
Step 2: Place four 14-inch strips of paper in two alternating colors beside each other. Weave the four other 14-inch strips through the previous strips of seed paper to create the base of the basket. Arrange ends so each side measures 3 1/4 inches and the weaving is tight together.
Step 3: Glue down each corner of the basket and the sides that are not woven under.
Step 4: Fold each strip of seed paper toward the middle and glue down the pieces that are on top.
Step 5: Measure and mark every 3 1/4 inches on the 16-inch strips of seed paper. Fold at the marked points and glue into a square.
Repeat this on the other three 16-inch strips of seed paper.
Step 6: Using an over-under pattern, start to weave the first square into the basket to create the first layer of the wall of the basket.
TIP: An easy way to do this is to arrange the paper such that one color goes inside the white paper square and the other color goes outside of the white paper square. Then when you place the next white paper box on top, you do the reverse.
Step 7: Repeat this weaving process with the other white squares and then fold the excess paper over the side of the basket into the center and glue them down.
Optional Step: If you want a handle on your box, cut out a 1 inch wide and 11-inch long strip of paper and attach to the inside wall to make a handle.
For an extra eco-friendly touch, use seed paper to make the festive eco-friendly box filler shown above. Simply cut out thin pieces of seed paper and fold under-over to make a crimped effect. Use it in your completed seed paper Easter boxes to display treats, Easter eggs or other springtime decorations.
I hope you enjoyed this fun eco-friendly craft for Easter. Happy Planting!
You can buy seed paper sheets for your eco-friendly paper and gardening projects from Botanical PaperWorks. We have a variety of seed options including wildflower, herb and veggie, and over 25 seed paper colors. Join our mailing list to receive emails with freebies, projects, coupons, green living tips, and decor ideas and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest