If you’re like me → super crazy busy at this time of year and looking for some quickie Easter projects, hold on to your hat because I have a basketful for you. Here is a collection of fifteen, count ’em, fifteen paper Easter baskets with links to free svg or Silhouette Studio cut files. Download ’em, cut ’em, and assemble ’em, and before you know it you’ll be surrounded by Easter-y goodness.
You’ll find round, square, & heptagonal baskets, baskets shaped like bunnies and eggs, birdhouses & daffodils, and of course, typical baskety baskets. Aside from the usual basket duties, some of these would make darling Easter table placecards. And most are so quick to cut and assemble, it’s easy to leave a little basket of Easter goodies on someone’s desk or peeking out of a backpack. One of the baskets is even designed to hang on a doorknob. How about enough for a whole class o’ kidlets?
If you have a Silhouette machine with the Designer Edition software, you’ll be able to cut all fifteen. If you have the Basic Edition Silhouette software, a Cricut, or another cutting machine, there are still lots to choose from with SVG files. And for some baskets, the template is also available in a pdf file, so you can even cut them out with scissors if you don’t have a cutting machine.
Pssst…be sure to keep going after #15 to check out the bonus projects!
Need info on how to cut cardstock cleanly? <– there it is.
And I couldn’t let you loose on all these paper beauties without sharing my favourite adhesive for projects like this: the Zig 2 Way Glue Pen. It’s easy to apply in little dabs or larger strokes, is re-positionable, dries quickly, doesn’t wrinkle paper, and the pen lasts a long time. I’m not affiliated with the Zig folks…I just love this glue.
Now go make some baskets!
1. Easter Basket Placecard
Simple construction, but what a cute Easter table it would be with one of these at every place setting!
2. Elegant Easter Basket
Love the lines on this one…kind of a 1920s Art Deco feel.
3. Quintessential Easter Basket
When someone says “Easter Basket” this is the shape that pops into my head. The large basket is about 7″ across and 3″ tall (without the handle) and will cut from a piece of 12″x12″ cardstock. At about half the size, two smaller ones can be cut from the same size cardstock.
4. Easter Basket Door Hanger
I’m the type of mom who would make and hang these on kids’ bedroom doors, no matter how old the kids are. And yes, I’ve had more than my share of that teen eyeball roll + goofy grin + “Oh, mom!”, which I always took to mean “I love you, too.” Assembly instructions (with lots of pics) included on the website.
5. Bunny Basket
Another bunny! Cut this beauty from double-sided cardstock, or do as Pam did and use digital papers to print your own patterned cardstock. If you’ve never used digital papers before, it’s not hard to do—you can quickly transform plain white cardstock into patterned cardstock using free digital papers. I just discovered my printer has a “borderless” setting, so now I can print right to the edges of the paper. What a game changer. More info about digital papers at the end of this post.
This is what a colony of these bunnies looks like all cut and scored and ready to hop in my suitcase with a bag of cotton balls for tails.
6. Scallop Edge Easter Basket
7. Seven-sided Easter Basket
I put these two baskets together because they’re on the same download page (scallop near the top, seven-sider—heptagonal!—near the bottom). The ones in these images have been decorated with Peter Rabbit and butterflies, but you could add whatever Easter decorations you like, or perhaps an initial.
8. Cute Critters Easter Basket
Two warnings on this one. First, the file is for the basket only. The flowers, animal, & bow embellishments are all from other designers. Kate lists exactly where she got them, so you can recreate this one if you like, otherwise you’re on your own for decorating. Second, instead of a download link, you have to leave a comment on the blog post and then Kate will send you the file. Kind of a round about way of doing things, but that’s how it is.
9. Little Peep Birdhouse Basket
Great little birdhouse baskets for little peeps. With windows or without—you decide. Cuts from letter size paper.
10. Daffodil Basket
Daffodils. Oh, so spring. Cute little basket to hold an egg or little treats. Great assembly instructions with lots of photos.
11. Super-mini Cute Critters Basket
A basket? you say. Okay, so this one is a bit of a stretch, but they’re so stinkin’ cute I had to include them. The file contains the grass “baskets” and the animal face parts to make lambs, chicks, & bunnies. I can see a whole herd (flock? colony?) of these cuties on a mantel or as part of a table center piece.
12. Tapered Easter Basket
Cut this from themed or plain cardstock and decorate however you like. Steph added local flair to hers with a moss initial. Unusual? Yes, but hey, moss is uber plentiful in the Pacific Northwest where she lives. What do you have in your yard you could use?
13. Tulip Basket
This basket is labeled as a “suafesta” or “your birthday basket”, but with the springy tulips, I think this would make a darling Easter basket. The tulips and butterfly are print & cut, so you’re good to go without any coloring. I like how they applied the tulips with adhesive foam dots to add dimension. The webpage is in Spanish, but don’t let that stop you. To download the Silhouette file, the download button is conveniently labeled “download”…click it as you would on any English site. There is a tutorial to help you assemble the basket. For that, click on the button labeled “veja o tutorial no blog” (located under the download button). Even translated, the instructions aren’t much help, but the photos provide a wonderful guide. Easy assembly.
14. Standing Bunny Basket
Are these not the sweetest little bunnies? Simple and ever-so-cute cut from plain or textured cardstock. The free download file is nestled amongst paid files a couple of screens down.
15. Egg-shaped Easter Basket
Leave it plain or design your own decoration for this basic egg-shaped basket as the embellishments aren’t included in the file (although Tracey does say where to get them if you want to replicate this version exactly). A handle is an easy add-on to make it a true basket.
And that’s your fifteen! But I came across a few more projects that either weren’t basket-y enough to qualify as “baskets” or, in one case, didn’t need a cut file at all. So here they are in the Bonus Section…
Bonus #1: Bunny Egg Holder
This one ended up in the bonus section because it’s not really a basket even though it performs the same function. If you go for the ‘one big egg’ vs ‘lots o’ little eggs’ approach, this is a really cute presentation. I had trouble figuring out how to download this file, so to save you some time and button pushing…when you get to the blog, click on the photo to choose the file type you want.
Bonus #2. Kisses Easter Basket
No file required. Step-by-Step Tutorial at Q Bee’s Quest HERE
You read right. No file required to create this amazing little basket that holds eight Hershey’s Kisses. Made from strips of paper. If you don’t have a scoring board, you can use a clear quilting ruler and hera marker (from the fabric store) or non-serated butter knife.
And I just had to include a link to the free printable to make these little “Happy Easter” stickers from Anders Ruff to stick on the bottom of the chocolate kisses. They are just too wonderful.
A sweet little bunny bag you can make with or without a tummy window.
MORE ABOUT DIGITAL PAPERS…
Most of the baskets and other projects above will look stunning even in plain cardstock, but adding pattern can completely change the look and feel. I don’t keep a lot of patterned cardstock on hand. Instead I print my own using digital papers, most of them free downloads. Just Google “free digital paper” to find them. Here are a few links with free Easter papers to get you started:
- Jennifer Scraps
- Liana Scrap
- Bird’s pastel chevron papers, and pastel plaid papers, and pastel gingham papers (3 links)
- Mel McCarthy on Flickr
- Just Peachy Designs
Need a tutorial on how to use digital papers? <— there it is.
If you know of any Easter baskets with free cut files that you think would be at home on this list, please send me the links and I’ll add them… eff at whatchaworkinon dot com
More Easter projects at Whatcha Workin’ On:
Easter Mini Bunny Garland
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