An unexpected material helps this adorable Easter basket come together. Soak a large piece of felt in a mixture of glue and water to stiffen it, then use our free template to create a perfectly-folded basket. Tie with ribbon and fill with Easter treats the kids will love.
Print and cut out the template, then fold your large felt piece in half and trace the template onto the felt. Place the bottom edge of the template directly on the fold of the felt; keep the felt folded as you cut along the template, so that both sides of the unfolded felt will mirror each other.
To make the felt stiff enough to hold the basket shape, you'll need to soak your cut felt pattern in a glue mixture. Add 1/4 cup of white craft glue and1/4 cup water to a plastic grocery bag; check for holes before you add the liquid, or double up the bags. Mix the glue and water mixture, then add the felt piece; use your hands to press and turn the felt in the mixture until it is completely soaked.
When the felt piece is completely soaked with the glue mixture, remove it from the bag and place it on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Wring out the excess glue and lay the felt flat on the wax paper; blot out any excess glue with a paper towel. Use your hands to smooth the felt until it is completely flat. Leave the felt on the baking sheet and let dry overnight (or until dry and stiff).
Remove the dry piece of felt from the baking sheet and fold it in half. Pin the template to the felt and cut the slits as shown, then unfold. Use a hole punch to add a hole in the center of each corner, and use yarn or ribbon to tie the corners together; this will bring the edges of the felt together to form the basket shape. When each of the holes is tied, fill the basket with your favorite Easter goodies.