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!)
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.
|finished newspaper basket with staples|
|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.
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! ;)