Paper Mache Easter Baskets


By Krisha of Jacks & Kate for I Heart Nap Time.

Paper Mache Easter Baskets

I love paper mache! It is one of my favorite craft mediums to do with kids. It can be messy, but if you are using a flour and water paste, clean up is super easy. I wanted to make these paper mache Easter baskets last year, but I ran out of time. I have seen bigger versions, but I wanted to do something on a smaller scale. I set out to try my idea with water balloons and it worked perfectly!



  • Party napkins
  • Water balloons
  • Sharpie or permanent marker
  • Scissors
  • Paper mache paste (equal parts flour and water)
  • Glass to hold balloon

Paper Mache Easter Baskets




Cut up napkins into small – medium pieces. Most napkins have a white paper backing, make sure you keep that with your printed side or it will be to thin for the paste and rip easily when applied.
Blow up balloons and with a Sharpie, mark a stopping point half way down the balloon.
Place balloons onto rims of glasses and set aside.

Paper Mache Easter Baskets
Mix your paper mache paste with equal parts flour and water. Since the napkins are very thin, I like to add extra water until I have the consistency of milk.
Dip the cut up napkin pieces into the paste and begin placing them on the balloon, being careful not to pass the line.
Keep working your way around until completely covered.

Paper Mache Easter Baskets
Set aside to dry and repeat for a second covering.
If you want it to be really sturdy, keep adding layers. For my purposes, I was fine with just 2 layers.
Once the second layer has dried, flip balloon and begin applying a handle.

Cut one long strip and attach at one side, then over to the other.
Allow to dry, then add a second layer to the handle.

Paper Mache Easter Baskets
Once completely dry, pop balloon and fill with Easter goodies!What a fun gift to give to little friends! I would love to see these at an Easter place setting. Happy Easter everyone!
Paper Mache Easter Baskets


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Hi, I’m Krisha from Jacks And Kate! I’m a stay at home Mom to three kids Jackson 4 {Jacks}, Savannah Kate 3 {Kate}, and Annabelle Louise 1 {Annie or Lulu}. As you might imagine, things can get a little crazy. I sew to keep myself sane! The funny thing is, I used to not like sewing. Even funnier, I still don’t like it all that much. I do however, LOVE creating and designing. That’s where the real fun happens!!

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6 comments on “Paper Mache Easter Baskets”

  1. I LOVE this idea! When my kids were little we made a papier mache bird pinata. They cried when it was used as a pinata. :-(( I can’t wait to use this idea – maybe even for May baskets!

  2. I have not tried paper mache with the kids, but this makes me want to try! So fun!

  3. Very clever! Super cute!

  4. Hi there, I use a brush with a home-made flour/water paste for paper mach.  How would you recommend cleaning the brush? I tend to get a lot of gunk on it. 
    TIA and cheers,

  5. I plan to try the paper mache Easter basket craft with my grade 4 class..
    How do you get a flat bottom so the basket will stand when finished ? 

    • I Heart Naptime Reply

      Even after they are dry they have a little give, so I’ve noticed slightly pressing against a flat surface does the trick. :)

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