How to Make Origami Easter Decorations

These sweet little origami Easter decorations are ready to fill with treasures from your Easter egg hunt. Follow along with the in depth written instructions below in order to craft your own out of a simple sheet of paper. The art of origami is magical – the possibility of creation is endless! 

You Will NeedCraft EssentialsHow to Make

Origami Chick Basket

  1. Take an A3 sheet of paper and cut it into a square 12″ on each side. Keep the off-cut to use for the handle later.
  2. Fold the square in half horizontally. Unfold.
  3. Fold the two bottom corners into the middle of the sheet.
  4. Fold the bottom corner to the middle, unfold, then refold underneath so it is the bottom layer.
  5. Fold the bottom two corners in slightly, so the crease extends from the side corners to halfway along each bottom edge.
  6. Turn the sheet over.
  7. Take the flap created in step 4. First fold it so the left edge becomes horizontal, then unfold and repeat with the right edge.
  8. Fold along both edges created in step 7, pinching together the beak that forms in the middle.
  9. Fold the whole piece in half along the crease created in step 2.
  10. Fold the bottom-left corner up so the bottom edge meets the right edge. Unfold and crease along the same line behind.
  11. Open the bird up and refold along the creases made in step 10, this time pushing the bottom-left corner inside the model.
  12. Fold the bottom-right point – top layer only – up to almost meet the bottom of the beak.
  13. Repeat step 12 on the other side, making sure the wing lines up with the one on the other side.
  14. Fold both wings back so their tips stick out slightly over the back of the bird.
  15. Fold the bottom point up to make the base of the chick. You can alter this angle to create different poses. Repeat on the other side.
  16. Unfold the base folds created in step 15 and re-fold them inside the bird.
  17. Shape the chick’s head by folding the top left corner inside a little.
  18. Gently open the back of the chick to form the basket.
  19. Take the off-cut paper from earlier and cut a strip 12″ long and 1″ wide. Fasten this strip with brads on both sides of the chick’s interior to make the basket handle.
  20. Fill your chick with delicious Easter goodies!

Origami Rabbit Basket

  1. Take an A3 sheet of paper and cut it into a square 12″ on each side. Keep the off-cut to use for the handle later.
  2. Fold the square in half horizontally. Unfold.
  3. Fold the left and right vertical edges into the middle.
  4. Fold the new left and right vertical edges into the middle.
  5. Unfold the whole sheet.
  6. Fold the top right corner down to meet the bottom left corner. Unfold.
  7. Fold the top left corner down to meet the bottom right corner. Unfold.
  8. Rotate the paper 90°.
  9. Fold the bottom edge up to meet the second horizontal line from the top.
  10. Open the right hand side of the flap, allowing it to fold along the diagonal line, and squash it flat so the newly-formed ear pokes above the top edge of the flap.
  11. Turn the sheet over.
  12. Fold the top edge down along the first crease from the bottom, opening the inside up. Fold along the next crease up and flatten the head and other ear to match the ear you have already formed.
  13. Fold the lower right hand corner – all the layers – up, so the right edge meets the first crease down from the top.
  14. Unfold the last step, open the back of the rabbit up and re-fold it inside, creasing a W-shape.
  15.  Open up the rear flaps like a book.
  16. Fold the edges of these flaps into the middle of the “book”, then close the flaps.
  17. Open up the top of the basket and fold one edge down along the first crease down. When you get to the ear, crease the flap diagonally to meet the ear’s point.
  18. Repeat step 17 on the other inside edge and ear, tucking the rear point of the edge alongside the previous flap, to form the back of the basket pocket.
  19. Fold the front-most point inside the rabbit’s head. Try this at different angles to give your rabbit a different shape.
  20. Further shape the head and ears by folding the two top-front points over a little.
  21. Fold them over again to open up the rabbit’s “face”.
  22. Open up the ears to make them three dimensional.
  23. Give your rabbit some feet by folding the four bottom corners – two on each side – in a little.
  24. Gently tease the basket open and flatten the rabbit’s nose to give it some shape.
  25. Take the off-cut paper from earlier and cut a strip 12″ long and 1″ wide. Fasten this strip with brads on both sides of the rabbit’s interior to make the basket handle.
  26. Use a pom-pom maker, following the instructions on the back of the packaging, to make a small pom-pom and glue it to the back of the rabbit to make a tail.
  27. Fill your rabbit with Easter treats and decorations!

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