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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 34 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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    the cape on the corner
    Wednesday February 2nd, 2011 at 05:09 PM

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

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    L
    Wednesday February 2nd, 2011 at 05:27 PM

    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}
    Wednesday February 2nd, 2011 at 06:50 PM

    @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
      Sunday December 4th, 2016 at 11:11 PM

      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}
        Monday December 5th, 2016 at 08:58 PM

        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
          Monday December 5th, 2016 at 09:30 PM

          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
          Monday December 5th, 2016 at 09:32 PM

          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
    Wednesday February 2nd, 2011 at 10:06 PM

    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
    Wednesday February 2nd, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    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}
    Wednesday February 2nd, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    @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
    Wednesday February 2nd, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    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
    Wednesday February 2nd, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    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
    Thursday February 3rd, 2011 at 12:54 AM

    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
    Thursday February 3rd, 2011 at 04:17 AM

    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
    Thursday February 3rd, 2011 at 07:35 AM

    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}
    Thursday February 3rd, 2011 at 03:01 PM

    @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}
    Thursday February 3rd, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    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
    Friday February 4th, 2011 at 02:12 PM

    cool idea! Love it!

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    Kelly
    Friday February 4th, 2011 at 02:20 PM

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

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    Vally
    Friday February 4th, 2011 at 02:28 PM

    this is so cute!

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    Melanna
    Friday February 4th, 2011 at 05:25 PM

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

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    Ani
    Friday February 4th, 2011 at 06:28 PM

    That’s pretty neat! I just used an old newspaper to make a Valentine Garland (posted on my blog 21 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
    Saturday February 5th, 2011 at 05:18 PM

    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
    Sunday February 6th, 2011 at 01:29 AM

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

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    {nifty thrifty things}
    Sunday February 6th, 2011 at 01:48 AM

    @ 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
    Sunday February 6th, 2011 at 05:29 PM

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

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    Rachael@Lovely Crafty Home
    Sunday February 6th, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    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
    Monday February 7th, 2011 at 04:01 AM

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

    Warmly, Michelle

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    Jensamom23
    Monday February 7th, 2011 at 06:04 AM

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

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    Madigan at madiganmade
    Monday February 7th, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    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
    Monday February 7th, 2011 at 02:23 PM

    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}
    Monday February 7th, 2011 at 05:24 PM

    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
    Monday February 7th, 2011 at 05:56 PM

    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}
    Monday February 7th, 2011 at 06:02 PM

    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
    Monday February 7th, 2011 at 06:21 PM

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

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    Jen
    Monday February 7th, 2011 at 06:22 PM

    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
    Monday February 7th, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    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
    Tuesday February 8th, 2011 at 04:00 PM

    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
    Tuesday February 8th, 2011 at 09:46 PM

    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}
    Wednesday February 9th, 2011 at 02:44 AM

    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
    Wednesday February 9th, 2011 at 05:03 AM

    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}
    Wednesday February 9th, 2011 at 09:48 AM

    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
    Wednesday February 9th, 2011 at 03:27 PM

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

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    Krafty Kat
    Wednesday February 9th, 2011 at 07:11 PM

    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
    Thursday February 10th, 2011 at 05:15 AM

    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}
    Thursday February 10th, 2011 at 09:20 AM

    @ 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
    Thursday February 10th, 2011 at 03:28 PM

    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
    Friday February 11th, 2011 at 12:53 AM

    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
    Friday February 25th, 2011 at 03:16 AM

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

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    Hani@Craftionary
    Wednesday March 9th, 2011 at 10:05 PM

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

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    Dani
    Monday April 4th, 2011 at 10:16 PM

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

    http://danirousseau.blogspot.com/

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    Anonymous
    Wednesday April 27th, 2011 at 01:28 AM

    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}
    Wednesday April 27th, 2011 at 09:10 PM

    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
    Monday May 2nd, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    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}
    Monday May 9th, 2011 at 09:07 PM

    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
    Sunday June 19th, 2011 at 03:49 AM

    beautifully done weaving

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    S. Meisner
    Thursday July 7th, 2011 at 07:44 PM

    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
    Saturday July 9th, 2011 at 09:34 PM

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    pJaeng S. illus
    Wednesday July 27th, 2011 at 03:14 AM

    tooooo cute ^ ^ i love it …

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    PS
    Sunday July 31st, 2011 at 07:38 AM

    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
    Friday December 30th, 2011 at 02:56 PM

    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
    Wednesday January 25th, 2012 at 01:53 AM

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

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    Sher Mattison
    Sunday February 5th, 2012 at 04:35 AM

    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
    Sunday March 11th, 2012 at 09:17 AM

    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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    Sissy Sterling
    Tuesday March 27th, 2012 at 06:44 PM

    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}
      Thursday March 29th, 2012 at 11:45 PM

      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
    Sunday April 22nd, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    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
    Wednesday May 9th, 2012 at 02:55 PM

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

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    picperfic
    Friday May 11th, 2012 at 11:47 PM

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

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    Springbeads
    Wednesday June 6th, 2012 at 05:57 PM

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

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    Joy Hannabass
    Sunday June 24th, 2012 at 08:06 PM

    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
    Tuesday June 26th, 2012 at 08:57 PM

    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}
      Wednesday June 27th, 2012 at 09:19 PM

      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
    Sunday July 8th, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    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}
      Tuesday July 10th, 2012 at 11:29 PM

      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
    Monday August 20th, 2012 at 03:24 AM

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

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    vicky
    Tuesday August 21st, 2012 at 11:08 PM

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

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    Jessica
    Friday September 21st, 2012 at 08:33 PM

    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}
      Sunday September 23rd, 2012 at 09:27 PM

      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
    Tuesday December 11th, 2012 at 07:31 PM

    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
    Tuesday December 11th, 2012 at 09:05 PM

    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
    Thursday December 13th, 2012 at 08:07 PM

    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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    Tuesday January 1st, 2013 at 08:15 PM

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

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    Mama G
    Thursday January 17th, 2013 at 03:13 PM

    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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    Ashley E Glidewell
    Tuesday March 26th, 2013 at 06:12 AM

    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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    […] Newspaper Baskets […]

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    Michelle
    Tuesday August 20th, 2013 at 05:37 PM

    This is cute, I want to try this out with my girl scouts troop.

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    Nachgemacht #02 – Zeitungskörbchen | hummuswhereyourheartis
    Friday October 18th, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    […] einiger Zeit habe ich dieses Körbchen bei nifty thrifty things gefunden und es schon ein paar Mal gemacht, behalten, verschenkt. Diesmal wollte ich noch […]

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    35 New Uses For Old Newspapers And Magazines | TokNok Multi Social Blogging Solutions
    Wednesday October 30th, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    […] That underwater basket weaving class is coming in handy. Instructions here. […]

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    35 New Uses For Old Newspapers And Magazines - Zeusitup.com - Zeusitup.com
    Wednesday October 30th, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    […] That underwater basket weaving class is coming in handy. Instructions here. […]

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    DIY – Newspaper | DIYfeed - Be inspired today!
    Friday November 8th, 2013 at 06:30 PM

    […] This nice little basket is made of an old newspaper. Do you want to make one? Here‘s the link to the recipe -> NEWSPAPER-BASKET […]

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    Lia
    Saturday November 9th, 2013 at 08:39 AM

    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}
      Saturday November 9th, 2013 at 09:04 PM

      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
        Sunday November 10th, 2013 at 08:38 PM

        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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    Newspaper Crafts - Ideas for Old Newspaper Crafts | HGTV Design Blog – Design Happens
    Monday November 18th, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    […] Vanessa’s method, flimsy newspaper strips turn out sturdy baskets like this. Tip: Try alternating colorful print ads […]

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    Designer MacGyver: 7 Clever Newspaper Crafts |
    Tuesday November 19th, 2013 at 05:23 AM

    […] Vanessa’s method, flimsy newspaper strips turn out sturdy baskets like this. Tip: Try alternating colorful print ads […]

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    Donna
    Thursday December 12th, 2013 at 03:10 AM

    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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    How To Weave A Newspaper Basket | DIY Cozy Home
    Saturday December 21st, 2013 at 03:10 PM

    […] NiftyThriftyThings – Newspaper Basket Tutorial […]

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    Andria Vincent
    Saturday December 21st, 2013 at 04:53 PM

    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}
      Thursday January 2nd, 2014 at 09:34 PM

      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
    Sunday December 22nd, 2013 at 04:44 AM

    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
    Sunday December 22nd, 2013 at 04:54 AM

    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}
      Thursday January 2nd, 2014 at 09:29 PM

      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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    How To Weave A Newspaper Basket - I Love DIY
    Sunday December 22nd, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    […] NiftyThriftyThings – Newspaper Basket Tutorial […]

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    34 Insanely Cool and Easy DIY Project Tutorials | WebNet Company
    Wednesday December 25th, 2013 at 02:27 PM

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    Alina
    Thursday December 26th, 2013 at 01:32 PM

    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}
      Thursday January 2nd, 2014 at 09:08 PM

      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
    Tuesday December 31st, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    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}
      Thursday January 2nd, 2014 at 08:33 PM

      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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    Newspaper Baskets | Creative Home Ideas
    Sunday January 5th, 2014 at 02:05 AM

    […] I possibly make out of newspaper besides a decent start to a nighttime campfire? She should be this way to make weaved baskets out of it. All I needed to do was cut them into the same sized strips and some string or thread. So […]

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    15 Insanely Cool and Easy DIY Project | World inside pictures
    Friday January 17th, 2014 at 03:24 PM

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    Saturday January 25th, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    […] NiftyThriftyThings – Newspaper Basket Tutorial […]

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    DMae
    Tuesday February 4th, 2014 at 02:49 AM

    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}
      Tuesday February 4th, 2014 at 06:23 PM

      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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    10 Thrifty Crafts Made With Newspapers | Jessica Hacker's Living on a Coupon
    Monday February 10th, 2014 at 08:45 PM

    […] #2: Newspaper Basket – instructions here […]

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    Upcycling Ideas: 7 DIY Projects from Everyday Items | UpcyclePost Blog
    Wednesday August 27th, 2014 at 06:45 PM

    […] Ok, I’ll admit it, I am a magazine junkie. Even in this day and age of all-digital-all-the-time, I still love huddling up in the corner with my favorite magazine. But, what to do with them when I’m done? These paper bowl tutorials are fantastic and the final product offers a solution for all those little  knick-knacks that tend to collect. So fun! Grab the tutorial here. […]

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    DIY: Woven Paper Gift Basket
    Wednesday November 19th, 2014 at 02:33 PM

    […] texture. • Using brown kraft paper for a simpler look. • Weaving at a 45 degree angle, like this project from {nifty thrifty things} • Finishing the top of the basket a little cleaner, either by covering them with a strip, or by […]

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    31 Magazine crafts - C.R.A.F.T.
    Monday November 24th, 2014 at 03:51 AM

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    Monday December 1st, 2014 at 03:01 PM

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    12 DIY Ways To Creatively Reuse Your Old Magazines: Part 1
    Tuesday April 21st, 2015 at 11:11 AM

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    Saturday May 9th, 2015 at 12:55 PM

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    18 Creative Things To Do With Old Newspapers
    Monday June 1st, 2015 at 02:28 PM

    […] 12. How To Make A Newspaper Basket – You can keep all sorts of bit and bobs in these, they would make brilliant storage for little craft accessories. […]

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    The Courts of Avalon Apartments - Pikesville, MD - Read All About It: Nifty Ways to Reuse Old Magazines and Newspapers
    Thursday June 4th, 2015 at 08:32 PM

    […] Woven Magazine Basket [niftythriftythings.com] Weave a cute and quirky basket by folding the pages into accordion shapes and securing them with a bit of string. These can be used to hold knick knacks or brighten up an empty shelf. […]

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    Saturday June 13th, 2015 at 09:25 PM

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    Villa Montanaro Apartments - Pleasant Hill, CA - Read All About It: Nifty Ways to Reuse Old Magazines and Newspapers
    Wednesday June 24th, 2015 at 08:32 PM

    […] Woven Magazine Basket [niftythriftythings.com] Weave a cute and quirky basket by folding the pages into accordion shapes and securing them with a bit of string. These can be used to hold knick knacks or brighten up an empty shelf. […]

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    35 New Uses For Old Newspapers And Magazines
    Saturday July 4th, 2015 at 11:27 AM

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    Cypress Point Apartments - Alpharetta, GA - Four Creative Ways to Reuse Old Magazines and Newspapers at Cypress Point
    Tuesday July 21st, 2015 at 08:01 PM

    […] Woven Magazine Basket [niftythriftythings.com] Fold the pages of a magazine into an accordion shape and secure them with string and you’ll have an adorable woven basket that you can use to hold knick knacks. […]

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    Mausam Modi
    Thursday July 23rd, 2015 at 07:21 PM

    Hey, I am having a difficulty in doing the vertical weaving. Would be very happy if u cud upload more elaborate pictures or a video on that.

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    The Avanti Apartments - District Heights, MD - Read All About It: Nifty Ways to Reuse Old Magazines and Newspapers
    Thursday July 23rd, 2015 at 08:34 PM

    […] Woven Magazine Basket [niftythriftythings.com] Weave a cute and quirky basket by folding the pages into accordion shapes and securing them with a bit of string. These can be used to hold knick knacks or brighten up an empty shelf. […]

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    Khadija Aziz
    Friday July 24th, 2015 at 01:30 AM

    phew .. it took me 3–4 hours to make it from the paper strips cut from the old magazine.. but The End Product made me so happy :D
    Thankyou so much for the Tutorial ! :)

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    Waypoint Residential - Deerfield Beach, FL - Reuse Your Old Newspapers and Magazines in Creative Ways at Waypoint Residential!
    Tuesday July 28th, 2015 at 10:01 PM

    […] Woven Magazine Basket [niftythriftythings.com] Fold the pages of a magazine into an accordion shape and hold it together with string or twine. This simple craft results in a basket that can hold paper clips and other supplies or just bring a pop of color to a shelf. […]

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    Windsor at Mariners - Edgewater, NJ - Read All About It: Nifty Ways to Reuse Old Magazines and Newspapers
    Wednesday July 29th, 2015 at 06:04 PM

    […] Woven Magazine Basket [niftythriftythings.com] Weave a cute and quirky basket by folding the pages into accordion shapes and securing them with a bit of string. These can be used to hold knick knacks or brighten up an empty shelf. […]

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    Wednesday August 12th, 2015 at 05:57 PM

    […] Woven Magazine Basket [niftythriftythings.com] Weave a cute and quirky basket by folding the pages into accordion shapes and securing them with a bit of string. These can be used to hold knick knacks or brighten up an empty shelf. […]

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    Flair Tower Apartments - Chicago, IL - Read All About It: Nifty Ways to Reuse Old Magazines and Newspapers
    Wednesday September 9th, 2015 at 05:58 PM

    […] Woven Magazine Basket [niftythriftythings.com] Weave a cute and quirky basket by folding the pages into accordion shapes and securing them with a bit of string. These can be used to hold knick knacks or brighten up an empty shelf. […]

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    Cool Things To Do With Old Newspapers
    Wednesday August 2nd, 2017 at 03:30 PM

    […] How To Make A Newspaper Basket – You can keep all sorts of bit and bobs in these, they would make brilliant storage for little craft accessories. […]

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    Annika
    Thursday September 7th, 2017 at 01:18 PM

    Lol, ich bin gerade über FB und die amerikanischen DIY-Seiten auf diese Seite gestolpert und muss amüsiert feststellen, dass Du eventuell ganz in der Nähe wohnst… zumindest relativ gesehen -> Weser, Nord-Deutschland… XD LG aus einem Ort zwischen Steinhuder Meer und Weser :)

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday September 9th, 2017 at 09:26 PM

      Hallo liebe Annika,
      wie schön, dass Du auf meinen Blog gefunden hast. :)
      Also, die Weser fließt hier auch entlang — so weit sind wir nicht voneinander entfernt. Hehe
      Ich hoffe Du hast ein schönes Wochenende!
      Ganz liebe Grüße,
      Vanessa
      PS: Tolle Fotos übrigens auf Deiner Seite!! Hast Du in Australien gelebt, oder warst Du zum Urlaub da?

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        Annika
        Saturday September 16th, 2017 at 07:47 PM

        Danke :) Ich war 2010 und 2015 da im Urlaub.

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