Diagonal Weave Catalog Basket - Cylinder Shaped

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Time to put those mail order catalogs to a new practical use!
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Step 1: Supplies Needed

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1 mail order catalog
Scissors or paper cutter
Something to use to pry staples open
Plastic bottle (the size of the bottle will determine the diameter of your finished basket) from this example I used a large medicine bottle, but you could use a soup can or even something much larger like an empty bleach or vinegar bottle.
Glue stick and a bottle of craft glue
1 sheet card stock or poster board
pen to trace with
small clothes pins
utility knife to cut bottle to use as a liner for your basket

Step 2: Step 1

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Open catalog to center seam and carefully remove staples.

Step 3: Step 2

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With paper cutter or scissors, cut pages in half the long way to create strips.

Note: after you have made a few of these baskets you might want to cut strips of varing widths to add interest to the woven pattern.

Step 4: Step 3

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Fold bottom long edge of strip in half to touch top edge.
Open up the strip and fold bottom edge to touch the center fold.
Fold the crease at the bottom edge up to center.

Step 5: Step 4

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Rotate strip 180° and fold the “new” bottom edge up to center
Then fold again to center.
Now fold the whole strip in half creasing well.

Step 6: Step 5

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Find the center crease line (at pen point in illustration)  and fold the top part of the strip down so the outer edge touches the crease. The new crease will be folded at a 45° angle causing the top ½ of strip to form a 90° angle with bottom half.

(scissors not required -I just needed a weight to keep strip flat and folded for the photo)

Step 7: Step 6

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Fold the top part again and glue to secure. Glue stick works just fine for this. Put a weight on the fold or clip with a clothespin until dry. Make a whole bunch of these. (I used 13 strips to make the basket shown on page 1)
Wow This is so cool!
And if I want to do it with computer paper how long is the strip?

I have a bunch of old calendars that I could p Out to good use for these.

"put" to good use

wrenv (author) 1 year ago

I made about 1 dozen of these in lots of different sizes and shapes and gave them to family for Christmas. Didn't know I'd be posting this so no photos.

worldlrnr1 year ago
This is great!! I am just putting the final furniture in my craft room & I need diff. size & shaped baskets.
uldics1 year ago

Ha, I have done this when I was a kid. Some differences we did, probably improvements:

  1. We made this from candy wrappers - the colours could then be made same or two coloured. But you have to eat few kilos :D
  2. The bottom we did other way - sewing to a thin cardboard and then gluing another thin cardboard at the bottom. No thread was visible.

If I will find some of my old ones, will post images, must still have somewhere.