Last week, a few of my nieces and nephews came over for a teddy bear picnic. It was a beautiful summer day, the sun was shining and it wasn’t too hot. Before they arrived, I set everything up. I made some teddy bear picnic baskets using paper plates after seeing these adorable paper plate berry baskets by Design Mom. I filled each of the mini picnic baskets with lunch and set them outside.
Teddy bear picnic baskets are really inexpensive and easy to make. Start with a package of plain white paper plates. Cut out a 4-inch square of paper and center it in the middle of a paper plate. Hold the square in place with a small piece of tape, if desired. Make cuts along the black lines you see on the plate above. The cuts start at the outer edge of the plate and end at the corner of the 4-inch square. Next, fold up each of the sides, and then fold in the flaps. Pull up the sides and flaps to form a basket. Glue or tape the flaps in place.
Paint polka dots on the baskets or let kids decorate them with markers, stickers or paint.
Allow the paint to dry. Then, cut off about 3/4 inch from the outer edge of a paper plate to make handles. I was able to get 3 handles from each plate. Staple the handles in place.
Fill the baskets with some “beary” special picnic food. Peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwiches cut into small triangles, blueberry juice boxes, teddy bear shaped graham crackers, gummy bears and strawberries.
I spread a blanket with teddy bear images in my backyard for the kids to sit on.
They each brought a teddy bear from home and we set out some of the ones we still have from when my kids were young.
Each of the kids grabbed a teddy bear picnic basket and sat down to eat.
After lunch, the kids and teddy bears listened to a couple of teddy bear stories before they went home to nap. We had a great time at the teddy bear picnic and we can’t wait to do it again!
Photo Credits: Tonia Larson