We are at the mid-way mark for our 5 Days of Construction Paper Christmas Crafts, my friends! Welcome to DAY 3! Today we will be making one that is loads of fun for older crafters… but don’t you worry, I have our little crafters covered as well!
Today we are making paper Christmas baskets or boxes—perfect for wrapping up a homemade gift!
These little baskets are slightly addictive to make! They can be easily modified to make them nice and deep, long and thin, or even to have a top. I know that my 10-year-old is going to love making these!
Here is how to make these paper Christmas baskets (a big kid version AND a little kid version):
For little ones, instead of weaving the basket, simply have them cut up strips of green paper into small pieces (or rip them up) and use a glue stick to glue them onto red construction paper. They can also use markers and crayons to colour and decorate. Have them do this on both sides of the piece of construction paper. This piece of construction paper will be folded into a basket!
Older children (likely about age 5 and up) can do some weaving before turning this craft into a box.
First, fold a piece of red construction paper in half, short side folding to the short side. Start at the fold and cut one-inch strips in the paper, stopping one inch before the edge of the paper.
Now cut one-inch green construction paper strips.
Then have your children weave! Take a strip of green construction paper and go over one red strip, under the next, and so on. For the next strip of green construction paper, start with going under first and then over, and so on.
When done, you can tape or glue all of the ends of the green construction paper to the red.
Okay – weaving accomplished!
Finally, we turn this weaving (and younger children’s decorated paper) into baskets or boxes. It only takes 4 snips.
Cut a one-inch line, one inch from the edge of the paper like this:
Bend the one-inch cut strip inside the basket, securing it to the basket’s edge with some tape. Tape any weaving that might have come loose while cutting as well. That is your first corner. Repeat for the remaining 3.
You can use glue if you want your basket to look a bit more polished, but tape is nice and quick otherwise.
If you want this to be a deep basket, make your cut 3 inches from the edge of the paper 3 inches long.
You can turn these baskets into boxes by making a second one with the cuts slightly larger than the first. This will allow it to slip on top like a lid!
There you have it—Christmas Craft #3!
Now for the giveaway! 🎉
UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winner, Kaitlyn G!
You may have heard me talk about Playful Days, my brand-new toddler program launching in January 2023. It has one activity or craft every day full of fun, learning, and beauty. The program is organized into 7 themes, filled with beautiful printables, songs and poems, gorgeous vocabulary cards, recommended books, and of course, your daily craft or activity. Take a peek at it right here: https://www.howweelearn.com/playfuldays/
As a super special bonus, I have decided to give away a copy of Playful Days to one lucky crafter! When you do one of the 5 Christmas Paper Crafts, snap a picture and share it with us in the comments below. No picture? No problem! Just leave a comment saying, “I did it!!” Every person who comments will be entered to win!
I hope you are enjoying these little Christmas Craft challenges. Be sure to come back tomorrow for Day #4!
Thank you so much for reading,