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Oooh, all the nifty and thrifty things you can create from old newspaper!
This time I decided to weave them into a little basket. It turned out to actually be pretty sturdy, despite the flimsy newspaper pages.

Materials you'll need:

  • an old newspaper (finally a purpose for that free junk mail)
  • string or thread
  • clothespins, paper clips, bobby pins or whatever else you find that can keep the paper together
  • scissors (even better if you have a rotary cutter and cutting mat!)
  • staples?
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pic 1: Find old newspaper.
pic 2: Cut newspaper into 20 strips. I cut them into 2-newspaper-column-wide strips, which turned out to be about 1 3/4 in (≈ 7,5 cm). It really depends on how small you want the weave pattern to be.
I kept the length of the newspaper as is. You can trim it down later on.
pic 3: 20 strips of newspaper.
pic 4: Fold each strips in half lengthwise. Fold them again, into quarters and again, into eights. Make sure to crease tightly, so you have some sturdy and crisp strips.
pic 5: 20 ready folded strips of newspaper waiting to be weaved.

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pic 1: Start weaving the strips, 10 strips in each direction.
pic 2: Square base of 10 x 10 strips.
pic 3: Twine string or thread (I only had packing string on hand which was a little too stiff) around the edges to help you mark the base and also to help the base stay in it's shape a little better. You interweave the string just like you did with the newspaper, one over and one under.
pic 4: Square base with weaved string.
pic 5: Now off to the little difficult part. You take one of the four sides of the pattern of 10 strips and divide them in half. Beginning with the center, cross them and weave out to the edge. Don't worry if the weave pattern is not very tight yet. You can tighten it later on by gently pulling on the strips.
Do the same with the other three sides. Join the 4 sides by weaving them together.
My wonderful reader, Joan, pointed out a YouTube video that shows how to work those pesky corners. If you need additional instructions, follow this link to the YouTube video.
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pic 1: Secure the weaved strips with the pins.
pic 2: Start folding the strips inward, interweaving once.
pic 3: It will look a little messy, but you'll cut the access strips off later on.
pic 4: Staple the top part of the interweaved strips.
pic 5: Cut off the access strips.
pic 6: This is what it will look like with staples.
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finished newspaper basket with staples
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finished newspaper basket without staples

I ended up not liking the staples in my basket and took them out again. The other way to finish of the edge is weaving the loose ends into the sides of the basket.

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Update: Since there were a few comments saying they were having a hard time following step 5 of the weaving instructions, I tried drawing it out to help visualize it better. I hope this helps! ;)

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140 Kommentare

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    the cape on the corner
    Mittwoch, der 2. Februar 2011 at 17:09

    it looks like so much work, but man, that looks good! fantastic job and so neat!

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    L
    Mittwoch, der 2. Februar 2011 at 17:27

    So Cute! Would love for you to add to my Thursday Treasure Party:

    http://thetreasurista.blogspot.com/p/treasuristas-thursday-treasures-come.html

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Mittwoch, der 2. Februar 2011 at 18:50

    @the cape on the corner: It does take a little while with the preparation of the strips, but it also is a lot of fun! I don't think it was the last one I did. ;)

    @L: I will be sure to stop by tomorrow! Thanks for the invite!

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      Joan Schaller Bauer
      Sonntag, der 4. Dezember 2016 at 23:11

      Hi, I really enjoyed this tutorial. I finally found a very good video on ytube that shows exactly how to do these pesky corners!!! Look up Flaxworx and look for the video called “ how to make a flax kono“. This is the exact weaving method that is used here. This video really helped me “ get it“ as to how those corners get connected!!! I hope this helps and this is a greeting from fellow Germans living in TN, USA!!! Hubby is from Recklinghausen!!!

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        Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
        Montag, der 5. Dezember 2016 at 20:58

        Thank you so much for your sweet comment and letting me know about the video! I was having a really hard time showing how those corners are done and I’m not good at taking videos. Hehe
        How long has your Hubby been living in Tennessee with you? That’s great!
        Do you visit Germany often?
        XO’s from Germany,
        Vanessa

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          Joan Schaller Bauer
          Montag, der 5. Dezember 2016 at 21:30

          I met Hans in Lake Placid, NY [ USA] in 1978. Married in 1979. We moved to Germany in 1982-84 and came back to settle in the upstate NY area, Troy, NY. We moved to TN 5 years ago and live in the picturesque, historic town of Jonesborough. We have not returned to Germany. He is a retired cabinet-maker, I am a fiber artist and run a professional drapery workroom. We have an adopted daughter with special needs who lives at home and 2 rescue dogs. Where are you in Germany? I would love to hear how you met your Texan husband?:-) Joan

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          Joan Schaller Bauer
          Montag, der 5. Dezember 2016 at 21:32

          Did you get the time to see the video? I think it very well shows the method of the weaving of the corner sections, etc. I found it to be very helpful, especially as I am a very visual learner! I hope it helps your other followers of this thread! Joan

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    mary
    Mittwoch, der 2. Februar 2011 at 22:06

    Super cute! I just found your blog thru the Tshirt linky! I'll follow ya! xox!

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    Paula Jo @ Outdoor Garden Decorations
    Mittwoch, der 2. Februar 2011 at 22:43

    What a cute idea for newpapers. You did a super job, and thanks for the instructions. I'm going to give it a try, and I hope it comes out as good as yours. I just love your blog. You really have a fun blog. Keep up the good work.

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Mittwoch, der 2. Februar 2011 at 22:50

    @mary: Welcome as a new follower! I just had a look at your great blog – count me in on that! ;)

    @Paula Jo: Thank you so much!! Let me know how things worked out for you. Don't hesitate to contact me if there are any problems.

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    LP aka A Crafty Southern Chick
    Mittwoch, der 2. Februar 2011 at 23:23

    Gosh I want to try this sooo bad! I've seen something similar before and I always get really intimidated! It looks amazing though! :)

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    Kimberly
    Mittwoch, der 2. Februar 2011 at 23:49

    Wow! I love this! I don't do a lot of paper crafts, but i will have to try this!

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    nila1920
    Donnerstag, der 3. Februar 2011 at 00:54

    ummm…you are adorable! i heart your blog! I feel like your my sista from another mista:D I'm putting your button on my blog because I feel like we got the same style;)

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    Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com
    Donnerstag, der 3. Februar 2011 at 04:17

    fantastic basket!! I would love for you to come link up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings. http://www.ladybug-blessings.com

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    Lauren @ 31diy
    Donnerstag, der 3. Februar 2011 at 07:35

    How pretty! I love that you are repurposing/recycling with this project too! Nicely done!

    Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog! :)

    I'm definitely following. Can't wait to see what else you have in store!

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Donnerstag, der 3. Februar 2011 at 15:01

    @Kristen: I'm actually already partying at your link party with a couple other posts. Thank you so much for hosting!! You're linked up in my link party page for link-fun Tuesdays. :)

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    Allison {A Glimpse Inside}
    Donnerstag, der 3. Februar 2011 at 23:09

    Holy cow! That's so cool but looks like it would take forever! Thanks for linking up to my Catch a Glimpse party.

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    Brandi
    Freitag, der 4. Februar 2011 at 14:12

    cool idea! Love it!

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    Kelly
    Freitag, der 4. Februar 2011 at 14:20

    very cool! love this, and it would be a fun project with older kids!

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    Vally
    Freitag, der 4. Februar 2011 at 14:28

    this is so cute!

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    Melanna
    Freitag, der 4. Februar 2011 at 17:25

    Oh that's a fun project. And even more fun if you get to fill it with candy. :)

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    Ani
    Freitag, der 4. Februar 2011 at 18:28

    That's pretty neat! I just used an old newspaper to make a Valentine Garland (posted on my blog 2/1 if you're interested) It's great to use some of that "junk" stuff for a good purpose!

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    Hopewell Creek Designs
    Samstag, der 5. Februar 2011 at 17:18

    What a fun idea,I love using items that would be headed for the trash bin.I will have to try this.Thanks for sharing it.

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    abeachcottage
    Sonntag, der 6. Februar 2011 at 01:29

    Really cute. You are so creative. If wanted, the finished product can also be painted?

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Sonntag, der 6. Februar 2011 at 01:48

    @ abeachcottage: Thank you for your comments! I might try a colored version of the newspaper version. I would just make sure the paint is not too watery. ;) For this one, I liked that you could make out single words and playing with the colors of the newspaper.

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    Etcetorize
    Sonntag, der 6. Februar 2011 at 17:29

    Nice project. Looks like you need alot of patience for this one. Great job~

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    Rachael@Lovely Crafty Home
    Sonntag, der 6. Februar 2011 at 22:16

    Wow that is so neat! I've never done any weaving really, but this looks so cute and simple I may have to try it. Thanks for linking up :)

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    Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust
    Montag, der 7. Februar 2011 at 04:01

    Cool! I remember doing this as a kid. Thanks for taking me back.

    Warmly, Michelle

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    Jensamom23
    Montag, der 7. Februar 2011 at 06:04

    Very cute! I am looking forward to trying this one.

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    Madigan at madiganmade
    Montag, der 7. Februar 2011 at 12:39

    This is very cool! I don't know if I'd have the patience to make one, but yours looks great!

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    MessyMissy
    Montag, der 7. Februar 2011 at 14:23

    Those pictures are so CUTE!! I wonder how large a basket you could make? Maybe even use some mod podge to seal it and have it as a paper recycling basket (or a small one for a q-tip holder?)….okay, you got my brain working. Basically, I LURVE it!!

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    Emily {WhipperBerry}
    Montag, der 7. Februar 2011 at 17:24

    I wanted to let you know we featured you on WhipperBerry today! You can check it out here . Come grab a featured button if you would like!

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    Prairie Patch
    Montag, der 7. Februar 2011 at 17:56

    Saw you over at WhipperBerry. Great weaved newspaper basket. I have so much newspaper, saving it for some project or other. I'm definitely going to try this!

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Montag, der 7. Februar 2011 at 18:02

    Thank you everyone!! I love reading your comments!

    @ MessyMissy: I've actually thought about making a larger scale basket and just glueing the strips together to get twice the length.. I will post, if I actually do. ;)

    @ Emily: I know I already thanked you on WhipperBerry, but I'm so excited!! Thank you so much for featuring me!!

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    Emily
    Montag, der 7. Februar 2011 at 18:21

    cool, I remember doing this with gum wrappers as a kid. domesticdeadline.blogspot.com

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    Jen
    Montag, der 7. Februar 2011 at 18:22

    What a great idea! :) I thought I followed you a while back on a different link party, but it seems I didn't actually follow. Soo, I am popping by to say hi again! :)
    Hope you come by to visit.
    Cheers!
    Jen
    http://www.cariboobutterfly.com

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    laxsupermom
    Montag, der 7. Februar 2011 at 23:53

    OMG! Such a great tutorial! I've been seeing the recycled magazine baskets, etc. for awhile and never considered making one. Yours looks amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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    Anonymous
    Dienstag, der 8. Februar 2011 at 16:00

    I LOVE IT! We used to make them when I was a kid in Miami from coconut palm fronds! We wove them while they were green and when they dried, they kept the shape forever! I seem to remember using clothespins to hold things in place while I wove the strips. Since I won't be climbing palm trees anymore, and I like the colors and possibilities of the paper, I think I will give your tutorial a try! Thanks for the memory jog too!
    hAndiMom

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    Kelley
    Dienstag, der 8. Februar 2011 at 21:46

    Great toot~ I have always wanted to try this.
    (since the days when we did this with gum wrappers)
    Thank you for explaining so well.

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    Laurel {Make and Takes}
    Mittwoch, der 9. Februar 2011 at 02:44

    This basket looks so cool. Thanks for the great tutorial! I'd love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight: http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

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    Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden
    Mittwoch, der 9. Februar 2011 at 05:03

    What a great tutorial! I'm definitely going to try this one. I'll be featuring your project tomorrow! Thanks for sharing at My Backyard Eden.

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Mittwoch, der 9. Februar 2011 at 09:48

    Thank you everyone for the lovely comments!!

    @ Laurel: Thank you so much for inviting me to the Make & Take Spotlight!!

    @ Carolyn: I'm so excited you're gonna feature me! Thank you so, so much!!

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    Sheri@childmade.com
    Mittwoch, der 9. Februar 2011 at 15:27

    Uber cool! I'll be linking … thanks for sharing.

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    Krafty Kat
    Mittwoch, der 9. Februar 2011 at 19:11

    I just love this! I don't know if I could pull it off or not but looks like fun to try! Thanks for linking up!

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    Allison @ House of Hepworths
    Donnerstag, der 10. Februar 2011 at 05:15

    You've been featured at this weeks Hookin Up with HoH #36!

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button!

    ~Allison @ House of Hepworths

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Donnerstag, der 10. Februar 2011 at 09:20

    @ Sheri: Thank you for linking up!!

    @ Krafty Kat: You should try it! It does take a little while, but is fairly easy to do. :)

    @ Allison: Thanks again for featuring me!!

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    Sheri@childmade.com
    Donnerstag, der 10. Februar 2011 at 15:28

    Great post! You've made this week's top 10 most popular and have been featured on this week's newsletter. Thanks for sharing!

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    Lauren @ YoungNester
    Freitag, der 11. Februar 2011 at 00:53

    LOVE THIS! Great tutorial! I would love for you to link up to my Ten Buck Tuesday link parties!

    http://www.youngnester.blogspot.com

    I'm your newest follower! :)

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    cravingcolor
    Freitag, der 25. Februar 2011 at 03:16

    That's so cool! Thanks for sharing!!!

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    Hani@Craftionary
    Mittwoch, der 9. Mrz 2011 at 22:05

    wow.. this is such a creative idea..
    Love it!
    Hani
    http://craftionary.blogspot.com

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    Dani
    Montag, der 4. April 2011 at 22:16

    Ahhhh! I'm soooo going to make this! LOVE!

    http://danirousseau.blogspot.com/

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    Anonymous
    Mittwoch, der 27. April 2011 at 01:28

    Lovely idea! Unfortunately I cannot understand how you build up the sides :S the instructions are unclear. (Pic 5 of the second group of pictures)could you explain it further or post some step by step pictures? Thanks!

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Mittwoch, der 27. April 2011 at 21:10

    Anonymous, I wish I could have replied in an email. I hope you'll still read this. :)
    This 5th step was kind of hard to capture – next time it gets tricky like this I'll make sure to have my hubby take some pictures..
    I'll try to explain it (and please have some mercy – English is not my mother tongue..). After intertwining the strips of paper (step 4), you'll end up with 10 strips in each direction. Now you need to divide those 10 strips on one side up into 5 each and start weaving strip 5 through 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 and strip 6 through 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1. Next weave strip 4 through 7, 8, 9 and 10 and strip 7 through 4, 3, 2 and 1. Then strip 3 and 8 and so on.
    Do the same with the other 3 remaining sides.
    I hope this helps. Let me know if you still have trouble with it and I'll try my best to explain in a different way. :)
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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    Alex Eamonson
    Montag, der 2. Mai 2011 at 10:11

    I'm sooooo confused about building up the sides. When I follow the instructions you give, I end up with 4 separate corners and I have no idea how to connect them. Could you please please please do a step by step or even better a video tutorial! I'm itching to make many of these for my job as a teaching assistant.
    Thanks x

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Montag, der 9. Mai 2011 at 21:07

    I am really sorry I won't be able to do another tutorial on this until I'm done writing on my Thesis.. One more week! :)
    I hope you understand and I'll try to give a better explanation of how to build up the sides.
    xoxo from Germany,
    Vanessa

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    createwithmom
    Sonntag, der 19. Juni 2011 at 03:49

    beautifully done weaving

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    S. Meisner
    Donnerstag, der 7. Juli 2011 at 19:44

    Made one of these while I was bored at work! I didn't use string and it turned out pretty good, but I didn't have pins or paperclips or anything so that made it a little difficult. I ended up using staples in a few strategic places but that made it difficult to pull some parts tight. I also had a hard time folding the tops at first, I wasn't quite sure how to do it. Eventually I got the hang of it though so I had to make another….

    The second one turned out MUCH better. I used magazine paper, gluing 2 strips together to make it longer, and then only folded into 4ths instead of 8ths and only did an 8×8 base. I also found it quite helpful to use a credit card to really smooth the folds out. Worked wonderfully! (I also had 5 paperclips to work with, helped tremendously!) I love the look of the magazine paper, and I think for the next one I'm going to get colored paperclips and use those to secure the tops instead of using staples.

    Anyway, just wanted to share! This is a really fun project!

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    Before the Sun Goes Down
    Samstag, der 9. Juli 2011 at 21:34

    This was featured on my blog: WouldYouLikeYarnWithThat.blogspot.com! Be sure to stop by and pick up your button!

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    pJaeng S. illus
    Mittwoch, der 27. Juli 2011 at 03:14

    tooooo cute ^ ^ i love it …

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    PS
    Sonntag, der 31. Juli 2011 at 07:38

    I am on step 5 and have tried every possible weave with every end of newspaper aside from the right one. I keep ending up with a slit down the corner of the bowl that is not weaved together.
    please help…

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    Jennifer
    Freitag, der 30. Dezember 2011 at 14:56

    Very neat idea!! I posted a link to this on my blog…thru my pinterest board.
    Thanks!
    Jennifer @ The Craft Barn

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    Ellie
    Mittwoch, der 25. Januar 2012 at 01:53

    Vanessa you are a creative genius. I simply have to try this one :)

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    Sher Mattison
    Sonntag, der 5. Februar 2012 at 04:35

    wow love it! I just saw these at Hobby Lobby…looked like they came from China or Japan. Now I can try making my own..thanks~!

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    LeeChinHo
    Sonntag, der 11. Mrz 2012 at 09:17

    I love this little project! HOWEVER step 5 I’m lost. Instructions are a bit to vague. I’m all twisted up like a pretzel. Not giving up yet though. =) Looking forward to some clarity on weaving the ONE divided side. Start in the middle? Counting from the edge is strip 1? eeks!

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    Montag, der 12. Mrz 2012 at 19:06

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    Sissy Sterling
    Dienstag, der 27. Mrz 2012 at 18:44

    I just recently made a little basket out of a grocery sack similar to your basket. I would love to be able to print the directions off without all the comments and such. Do you have a copy of the directions you could just e-mail me. I would like to try making them as my son is getting married in sept and we are looking for ideas like yours to put the candy favors in as their theme is rustic and natural. thanks Sissy

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Donnerstag, der 29. Mrz 2012 at 23:45

      Sissy,
      Thank you for your sweet comment. These baskets will be so cute for your sons wedding!
      Unfortunately I don’t have the instructions saved in any other way than here. You could copy and paste the instructions to a word-document and print it out from there to keep all the comments from printing out as well. :)
      Have a wonderful week!
      Vanessa

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    Jessica
    Sonntag, der 22. April 2012 at 23:05

    I featured your newspaper basket in my blog, a Shimmering Star:

    Three {Crafty} Ways to Celebrate Earth Day!: http://ashimmeringstar.blogspot.com/2012/04/three-crafty-ways-to-celebrate-earth.html

    Thank you for your inspiration!

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    Donna
    Mittwoch, der 9. Mai 2012 at 14:55

    The diagram really helped me understand the weaving. Thank You. This is a great idea and so practical.

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    picperfic
    Freitag, der 11. Mai 2012 at 23:47

    I have always wanted to have a go at this kind of weaving, thank you for the tutorial :)

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    Springbeads
    Mittwoch, der 6. Juni 2012 at 17:57

    Ooh this is such a clever and creative idea !! I love it and will definitely be trying it.

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    Joy Hannabass
    Sonntag, der 24. Juni 2012 at 20:06

    Wow I use to make necklaces kind of like this with paper, and chewing gum wrappers. I’ll have to try this. Thanks for the cool idea!

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    Karen Gibbs
    Dienstag, der 26. Juni 2012 at 20:57

    Awesome. I would like to try it with magazine pages. I suppose that would be quite small wouldn’t it?

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Mittwoch, der 27. Juni 2012 at 21:19

      I think that would look adorable! You could also try and attach two strips of magazine paper to make longer strips if it turns out too small or too tricky to assemble. :)
      I hope you’re having a fun day!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Teagan
    Sonntag, der 8. Juli 2012 at 23:51

    hey yours looks amazing but the weaving instructions are still really hard for me to follow! the base is easy but then i get hopelessly lost. i’m going to keep trying though!!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Dienstag, der 10. Juli 2012 at 23:29

      I’m so sorry it’s giving you a hard time.. It’s so hard to explain if you can’t just go ahead and show it first hand. I hope you will get the hang of it after a few more attempts, though. Don’t give up! ;)
      Have a wonderful week!
      xo from Germany,
      Vanessa

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    Anastasiya
    Montag, der 20. August 2012 at 03:24

    Hello, I am a little confused about how you fold the paper. Can anyone explain. Thank you

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    vicky
    Dienstag, der 21. August 2012 at 23:08

    i review this project on my blog, I had great fun. http://craftycrittercritique.blogspot.co.uk/

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    Jessica
    Freitag, der 21. September 2012 at 20:33

    Hallo Vanessa. Ich mag dein Körbchen sehr und habe es bei mir gepostet.
    http://schoenstricken.de/2012/09/diy-korbchen-geflochten-aus-zeitungspapier/
    Gibt es diese Anleitung eigentlich auch auf deutsch?
    Viele Grüße, Jessica

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sonntag, der 23. September 2012 at 21:27

      Ich danke Dir, Jessica!
      Leider gibt es bisher keine Anleitung auf Deutsch.. Da die meisten meiner Leser aus englisch-sprachigen Ländern kommen, poste ich ausschließlich auf Englisch. ;)
      Ich hoffe Du hattest ein wundervolles Wochenende!
      Liebe Grüße,
      Vanessa

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    Dawn
    Dienstag, der 11. Dezember 2012 at 19:31

    Wow, yours looks so nice and smoothly finished!

    A note for future crafters: I deviated from the instructions and figured I’d give this a try with fewer pieces per side thinking it would make a smaller basket but of relatively equal proportions. NOPE! Mine came out a bit more like a pencil cup than a basket! I used 6 strips per side instead of 10. The weave also has gaps where I split the sides in half to start step 5. The paper just very clearly parts ways there and I can’t see any amount of adjustment closing those gaps. Other than that, the project looks good… :p

    The tutorial was relatively easy to follow, anyway. Thanks so much for posting it with lots of pictures for those of us who are bad at following written directions! :)

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    Matthias
    Dienstag, der 11. Dezember 2012 at 21:05

    Oh man, it does look so good, but I’m just not able to assemble the sides. After weaving the edges I got stuck. „Join the 4 sides by weaving them together.“ is too few information for me. I tried everything, but the basket doesn’t turn out. I don’t get the sides together :(
    Any more hints or some step by step guidance?
    Cheers mico

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    Esther
    Donnerstag, der 13. Dezember 2012 at 20:07

    Hi Vanessa,
    i thought this little basket is a cute idea for little Christmas presents. I tried with 6 stripes of glossy advertisement-paper. I did NOT work :D
    I also think there might be a mistake in the drawing. It almost worked when I inter-weaved the stripes of the SAME side. I hope you understand what I mean. …
    Since I am living in northern Germany too, I describe it in German again ;) :
    Also, das Ineinander-Weben hat gar nicht funktioniert. 6 recht kurze Streifen von den Werbebeilagen aus Zeitungen waren aber vielleicht auch daran Schuld :D ‚Aus deiner Zeichnung ist zu erkennen, dass du vier Streifen einer Seite mit vier Streifen der anderen Seite verwebst. Das ging bei mir nicht, als ich das versuchte, klabbte sich diese Seite quasi wie ein Deckel über den Boden des Körbchens. Aber wenn ich die 4 Streifen der einen Seite mit den anderen 4 Streifen der gleichen (!) Seite verwebe,, kommt es dem Körbchen nahe! (Wie gesagt, bei mir waren es nur je drei und irgendwie rutschig und kurz, ich starte aber noch einen Zeitungsversuch…)

    Herzliche Grüße und schon einmal gesegnete Weihnachten!

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    This is the second time I’ve been to your site. Thanks for explaining more details.

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    Mama G
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    I love the project, but will be changing some of your instructions. It is interwoven, not interweaved. The strips are in excess, not access. Since English is not your native language, and we have many strange words and phrases, I hope you won’t take offense at my corrections.

    I weave; my item is woven.
    I have access to a fine library. (I can get to it)
    There is an excess of words in this book. (Too many, or too much; more than is required.)

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    This is super neat! I’m going to have to make a few for holding items at my flea market booth.

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    Lia
    Samstag, der 9. November 2013 at 08:39

    Hey,
    I’m german and my English isn’t very well, but I’ve got some questions:
    -How to use the thread? I don’t understand this step, it would be really nice, if you could explain it abridged :)
    -How flexible and strong (hope, it’s the rkight word here^^) is the basket?
    -What das „nifty“ and „thrifty“ mean?

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Samstag, der 9. November 2013 at 21:04

      Hey Lia!
      Den Faden muss man nicht zwangsläufig benutzen. Er hilft nur zu sehen wo die Unterseite des Körbchens ist, während man die Seiten weiter webt. Der Faden wird ein mal ringsum gewebt. Einmal drunter, einmal drüber – ein mal um’s Rechteck. Nachdem das Körbchen fertig ist, kann der Faden wieder rausgezogen werden.
      Ich benutze das Körbchen für Kleinigkeiten auf dem Schreibtisch – Tesarollen, Büroklammern etc.
      Nifty bedeutet raffiniert/geschickt und thrifty sparsam/günstig.
      Ich hoffe Du hast ein tolles Wochenende!
      Liebe Grüße,
      Vanessa

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        Lia
        Sonntag, der 10. November 2013 at 20:38

        Sorry, wusste nicht, dass du deutsche bist oder deutsch kannst :D Jetzt hab ich das endlich kapiert, vielen, vielen DAnk für diese tolle Idee und die schnelle Antwort!!!!

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    Donna
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    Love this idea. You could use just about anything, such as fabric. But it’s woven, and interwoven. Not meaning to criticize, but it drove me nuts. Being a grammar nut. Thanks for the intricate detailing at the end.

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    Andria Vincent
    Samstag, der 21. Dezember 2013 at 16:53

    My dad used to make purses like this out of cigarette packs. This was when I was a little kid and now I“m 44. I always wondered how he did it. Now I sort of know.

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Donnerstag, der 2. Januar 2014 at 21:34

      Oh, what a cute memory! Thanks for sharing, Andria! :)
      I hope you had a great start into the new year!
      XO’s from Germany,
      Vanessa

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    Jane Watson
    Sonntag, der 22. Dezember 2013 at 04:44

    Great idea. You can also do this with packaging tape.
    Please note that WOVEN is the past tense of weave, NOT weaved.

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    Rebecca
    Sonntag, der 22. Dezember 2013 at 04:54

    Hi Vanessa,

    I am trying to build your basket, but when it comes to step number 5 of weaving the sides together I get lost, please help. I can understand weaving the one side together, but not connecting the two sides together. Please Help!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Donnerstag, der 2. Januar 2014 at 21:29

      I’m sorry you’re having difficulties with that step. It is a bit tricky. :(
      I’ll try to explain it (and please have some mercy — English is not my mother tongue..). After intertwining the strips of paper (step 4), you’ll end up with 10 strips in each direction. Now you need to divide those 10 strips on one side up into 5 each and start weaving strip 5 through 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 and strip 6 through 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1. Next weave strip 4 through 7, 8, 9 and 10 and strip 7 through 4, 3, 2 and 1. Then strip 3 and 8 and so on. Do the same with the other 3 remaining sides. I hope this helps. xoxo, Vanessa

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    Alina
    Donnerstag, der 26. Dezember 2013 at 13:32

    I am actually confuse at the point 5. Can you help me vanessa?
    Ps: I am the greatest fan of your.

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Donnerstag, der 2. Januar 2014 at 21:08

      Thank you for your sweet message, Alina! :)
      I’ll try to explain it (and please have some mercy — English is not my mother tongue..). After intertwining the strips of paper (step 4), you’ll end up with 10 strips in each direction. Now you need to divide those 10 strips on one side up into 5 each and start weaving strip 5 through 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 and strip 6 through 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1. Next weave strip 4 through 7, 8, 9 and 10 and strip 7 through 4, 3, 2 and 1. Then strip 3 and 8 and so on.
      Do the same with the other 3 remaining sides.
      I hope this helps.
      xoxo,
      Vanessa – See more at: http://www.niftythriftythings.com/2011/02/its-in-news.html#sthash.fa30yznM.dpuf

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    Jane Metzger
    Dienstag, der 31. Dezember 2013 at 22:56

    I did something similar40 years ago, but I uses grocery bags. I didn’t have to fold them so much ,because the paper was thicker. Fun project, especially for someone with very little money.

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Donnerstag, der 2. Januar 2014 at 20:33

      Oh, how fun! Thanks for sharing this, Jane! :)
      I hope you’re having a fabulous start into the new year!
      XO’s from Germany,
      Vanessa

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    DMae
    Dienstag, der 4. Februar 2014 at 02:49

    I really think that you are a very good crafter and this project is wonderful.! What I don’t like is the way „MAMA G“ came down on you for your grammar!! Everyone is not from the same part of the world and sometimes we use our own slang and grammar that we know and understand,. That does not give another person (who thinks she is more educated than the rest of us peons) the right to ridicule anyone! „MAMA G“ was cruel and very rude to make these comments:
    (from MAMA G) : I love the project, but will be changing some of your instructions. It is interwoven, not interweaved. The strips are in excess, not access. Since English is not your native language, and we have many strange words and phrases, I hope you won’t take offense at my corrections.
    I weave; my item is woven.
    I have access to a fine library. (I can get to it)
    There is an excess of words in this book. (Too many, or too much; more than is required.)

    I take offense even if no one else does! You „MAMA G“ have no right to belittle or berate anyone because of their „English“. Neither do you „MAMA G“ have the right to correct anyone’s grammar! Just getting this off my chest and feeling sad for anyone who comes in contact with you because you are way TOO smart for the rest of us!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Dienstag, der 4. Februar 2014 at 18:23

      Thank you SO much for your kind words and getting this off your chest, DMae!!
      I really appreciate your sweet comment! This really made my day! ;)
      I hope you’re having a fantastic week so far!
      Hugs from Germany,
      Vanessa

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