Sunday, February 20, 2011

Origami Easter Baskets

These are the Origami Easter baskets we will be making at my March stamp club workshop. They are super fun to make and once you know the process, you can make a lot of these in a short amount of time. They would be perfect for little guest favors, classroom treats or if made without a handle, adorable little storage containers. If you would like to make your own Origami Easter Basket, please see the video tutorial directly below. Written instructions and a supply list follow further down.

Tip: Do NOT use a bone folder for this project. In Origami, Bone Folders can break down the paper too much with repeated folding on the same point. Just smoothing each fold with your finger provides enough pressure to retain the fold.

I highly recommend watching the video tutorial rather than trying to go by my written instructions alone. After you have watched the video, you can use these as a reminder for the steps.

1. Start with a square of paper of any size. I used a 6” square for this tutorial.
2. Fold your square in half on the diagonal and then unfold. Turn 90 degrees and fold in half on the diagonal again and then unfold. Please note: fold the pattern that you want on the outside of the basket, towards the inside during this step.
3. Turn your paper over. Fold your square in half along the straight length and then unfold. Turn 90 degrees and fold in half on the straight length again. Do not unfold this time
4. Pick up your paper along the fold that you just made and hold it in the air. Bring your fingers towards each other causing the folds to come together in the center and creating a four-sided diamond.
5. Flatten this diamond by keeping two of the sides of the paper on either side of the diamond.
6. Turn your paper so that the open ends face away from you.
7. Take the corner of the top paper and fold it in half towards you. Then fold the point up towards the midpoint of your diamond. Then fold the piece you just folded up to the midpoint again.
8. Now flip your paper over and repeat step seven. Make sure you keep the open end facing away from you.
9. Pretend you are reading a book and flip the right side over like you would a page. You should see a diamond shape in front of you. Now take one of the side corners and fold it towards the middle fold. Repeat for the other side corner.
10. Now turn the pages of the book backwards two page turns. You should see a diamond shape in front of you again. Take one of the side corners and fold it towards the middle fold. Repeat for the other side corner.
11. Turn one page forward. Grasp your paper by the folded rims and slowly start pulling apart while gently pressing the bottom of the emerging basket on to your work surface. Use your fingers to gently push the corners out.
12. Once you have your basket sitting flat on the surface, take the two long flaps and fold them out along the edge of the basket. Apply a light adhesive to these long flaps and then fold them to the inside smoothing the flap along the side wall and bottom. If you stop at this step you will have a decorative box. Proceed to the next step, if you would like to turn it into a basket.
13. Optional: Take a 7” length of ribbon and attach it in between the sides with the folded rims. Use a brad to secure. Decorate your basket as desired.

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:
In-color Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack, In-Color Stitched-Poly Ribbon, Paper Piercer, Silver brads, Light Adhesive; Stamp Sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Flight of the Butterfly; Punches: Word Window, Modern Label Punch, Butterfly, In-Color Glimmer Brads.

Thanks for visiting!! I treasure your comments and they are what encourage me to write more tutorials. If you have a question, please post a comment and I will update my blog with your answer. Have a great day!


  1. Thanks so much for sharing this adorable little basket. Your directions are perfectly clear. Glad I am off school today so I can make some up right away.

  2. Gorgeous! Thanks for doing such a wonderful video tutorial! I have already made one!

  3. Thank you for taking the time to post this tutorial for the baskets. I can’t wait to try these out.

  4. The ladies at my recent chicks & chocolate class *loved* your basket. Thanks so much for sharing.

  5. I can't wait to try these. I'm going to make these for my Bunco Babes group. Great tutorial!

  6. Thanks so much for this tutorial. It's a cute little basket for Easter. I'm hooked on your blog now! Diane

  7. Your instructions are so clear and easy to follow I made one along with you! Thanks for sharing your talents. Andrea

  8. They are sooooo cute thanks for sharing.

  9. Beautiful.... thanks for sharing ideas :)