If you have a pile of old newspaper in you home and you don’t know what to do with them, then this tutorial will help you. With a bit of creativity and time, you can weave DIY baskets from recycled newspaper. It could be a great decor or a place for pencils, ball pens and other school supplies.
You only need:
- recycled newspaper
- thin stick
- round paper (as base)
First, to make newspaper strips. Cut (lengthwise) the newspaper into two. Then, place the thin stick at one corner of the newspaper and start rolling it until it reaches the other end. Secure the end with glue. Remove the stick from the strip. Then, get another newspaper and repeat the process until you created a lot of newspaper strips.
Prepare the round paper. This serves as the base of the basket. Arrange about 8-9 strips of newspaper on the base and secure them with glue. After pasting the strips, pour a bit of glue on top. Secure another round paper on top to ensure the strips are absolutely intact to start weaving.
Get another strip. Glue its end on one of the strips on the base then, begin to weave. The strip should alternatively go under and over the next strips. Make sure to knit the strips tightly and well. Add more strips until you reach the desired height and shape of the basket.
When you are finished, cut the excess strips. Then, firmly glue the ends to the basket to avoid it from collapsing. When you are satisfied with the stability of your basket, you can now put things in it. You can also paint it with any desired color.
Now, you won’t have to worry about masses of newspaper in your house. They can be recycled and customized according to your needs. Magazines can also be used.