Do you want to learn how to make Easter grass with paper? Using paper is not only more sustainable because it can be recycled—it’s also a fun craft for kids to do!
How to make Easter grass with paper
Hey all! Really excited to share this simple craft that R and I did last Easter. If you grew up in the 80s or 90s, you probably remember the absolutely awful plastic Easter grass that got everywhere.
They still sell it, but it’s not as common as it used to be. And that’s great because it’s super annoying and it’s just adding more plastic waste to landfills every April. So let’s chat about how to make Easter grass with paper instead.
Why make paper Easter grass when I can just buy it?
Making Easter grass with paper is a nice alternative to traditional plastic Easter grass for a few reasons:
- Paper can be recycled
- It doesn’t get everywhere like plastic Easter grass does
- You can make Easter grass out of recycled materials like old coloring pages or paper scraps
- It’s a fun activity for kids to do with you if they are old enough to use scissors
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So here’s what I used:
- Paper scraps, card stock scraps, and construction paper
And here’s how to make Easter grass with paper!
Step 1: Gather and cut paper down and fold accordion-style
First gather all of your paper and cut it down a bit. For reference, I think it’s easiest to cut paper down to about 4 inches by 10 inches. So, for example, an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper cut into four pieces.
Cutting down the paper first makes the finished grass a good size, and it makes it easier to cut, too. If the accordions you make in the next step are too thick, you won’t be able to cut through them.
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Step 2: Cut off bits to make the grass
Next cut pieces off of the folded accordions to make your Easter grass. Keep doing this with different colors and patterns until you have enough grass. The thicker the paper you use (like cardstock), the harder it will be to cut through them.
Using something like regular paper or construction paper is easiest. And it’s certainly the best choice if kids are helping! Cardstock is really hard to cut through, especially if your scissors are dull. (Like mine were, and like kids safety scissors are.)
If you are recycling some paper that isn’t super pretty, you can use those on the bottom of the basket to give it some height. Then finish off with the pretty stuff!
Our DIY Easter basket using a cardboard box…
I want to start a fun new tradition with R. We don’t have a ton of storage for holiday stuff, so I don’t want to have to buy an Easter basket every year. Last year, I decided to upcycle a cardboard box and make it into an Easter basket.
So do this, I cut the top off of a box, taped it securely, and wrapped it in plain brown paper. You can use any color you’d like, or you can use something like wrapping paper.
Then I let her decorate it! She used chunky paint sticks and stickers to decorate it. This is a great activity for kids. Then we set the cardboard box Easter basket out and let the Easter bunny find it 😉