DIY ORIGAMI EASTER BUNNY BASKETS.in craft, diy, easter, origami, paper crafts
How cute are these diy origami Easter bunny baskets? I first made them about 3 years ago after I stumbled across a video over on YouTube by Jacky Chan. The video moves along quite quickly so I've included the steps in photos below. If you're still having difficulty I recommend following along with this tutorial by Leyla Torras.
I used the 12x12 Papermania Geometric Neon paper pack, I've found a few of them on eBay if anyone's interested or you can check here for local stockists if you're in the U.K. The combination of pastels and neon make them perfect for Easter. I made each square 6x6 inches that way I was able to get 4 out of each sheet of paper.
Wouldn't it be fun to have a whole bunch of these lined up as an Easter centerpiece?
How to make your own Origami Easter Bunny Baskets:
1. Take your paper and fold it in half with the pattern on the inside. Folding it this way will mean your bunny basket is patterned on the outside and plain on the inside. If you want it to be the other way around just reverse the steps.
2. Open the paper out again and flip it over so the plain side is facing up.
3. Fold the bottom of the paper up to meet the center crease.
4. Repeat and fold the top of the paper down to meet the center.
5. Open your paper out. It should now be divided into quarters, Next you want to divide your paper up into eighths. Fold the top of the paper down to meet the first crease and the bottom of the paper up to meet the 3rd crease.
6. Pinch and lift the center fold towards you. Lift the center and fold up to meet the bottom edge of the paper you just folded. Rotate 180 degrees and repeat for the other side. Open your paper out, it should now be divided into 8 equal sections.
7. Fold your square in half across the diagonal.
8. Open your paper out, rotate 180 degrees and fold across the other diagonal.
9. To begin to form the bunny shape open your paper out again and fold the bottom edge up to meet the 2nd crease down from the top.
10. To make the head take the bottom right corner and fold towards the center to make an upside down triangle. You should be able to see 3 creases. I've marked it with a bone folder in the pictures. The 3rd crease needs to line up with the diagonal fold. The point will be the tip of the ear.
11. Flip your paper over. You need to fold along the first crease, I've used a bone folder again to mark the crease. Then fold down and crease along the 2nd crease to make the base of your bunny. From the back it should look like a 'W' shape. Flip over and fold the bottom left corner up to make another triangle and the other side of the head. If it helps you can line it up with the tip of the ear on the other side.
12. Fold along the crease at the front of the bunny head. Make sure to open it out and fold back the other way as well.
13. Take the back bottom corner and fold it up to meet the 1st crease down from the top. Open it back out and do the same on the other side. Flip your bunny upside down. The fold you've just made should have made a 'W' shape. Make mountain folds along the 'W' shape. The 'W' folds should collapse in as you press the bunny flat.
14. Lay the bunny on it's side. There should be 3 flaps in the back of your bunny. Take the first flap and fold it in to meet the smaller flap in the center. The smaller flap in the center makes a pocket. You need fold the top edge down and fold along the existing crease. Fold this flap into the pocket. As you do this you need to flatten out the inside of the ear to make a triangle inside your bunny basket.
15. Turn the bunny over and do the same on the other side.
16. Remember the fold we made along the head in step 12? Well now we need to push it in to make a reverse fold. It's marked in 2nd square down on the left with the bone folder. It should collapse in like we did with the 'W' folds earlier.
17. Next we need to make the ears. You will see 3 folds on the head of your bunny. You need to make a small fold between the 1st fold and halfway between the 2nd and 3rd. Repeat and make a 2nd fold using the 1st fold as a guide. The point of the first fold needs to line up with the 1st crease on the head. When you make the 2nd fold make sure to only fold halfway and then extend the fold up to the tip of the ear, this will make the ear pop out.
18. Repeat on the other side to make the 2nd ear.
19. Round the shape of the head by making a small triangle fold on each side (bottom left photo).
20. To finish your bunny you need to pop the base and the head flat by running your finger along the inside.
And that's it. Fold and fill with chocolate mini eggs or maybe a creme egg or two for an adorable Easter treat. I know there's a couple of tricky parts that were difficult to show in photos so make to check out the videos at the beginning of the post if you have any trouble.
Happy folding friends.