Introduction: Newspaper Vase- Twist Weave

Picture of Newspaper Vase- Twist Weave

Back here in Sri Lanka we encourage young girls with no income or education or orphans to start small business at home while looking after their kids.
One of the ways we have found is newspaper's cheap and very versatile. It's the same as basket weaving...only cheaper as we use newspaper. :-)

Here I have displayed a simple twist weave which looks very difficult...but is in fact  very easy.
I would later try and post another instructable...if requested on how to weave a magazine rack with newspaper...I actually wanted to post it up for the design contest...but that is not up for ages.... :-)

I have posted pictures which i feel would be easy to follow so please ...if you have any questions ...don't forget to ask...I'll be happy to help :-)

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials

a thin dowel or barbecue stick to roll
glue stick
white glue
Paint if needed

Step 2: The Paper Rods

Picture of The Paper Rods

Roll up your paper rods would need a bit of practice. At first it will tend to get big and don't use glue in the corners at first only at the end....once you become an expert at rolling...which you would be by your 20th roll you can use the glue stick :-).

Make a lot

Step 3: The Base

Picture of The Base

Please Follow pictures as it would only confuse you if i wrote the instructions...and pictures are so much better at this part :-) but feel free to ask if you have any questions.

Note: When your rod gets short...simply insert a new rod inside the short one and glue...wait till glue is dry and continue.

place the amount of rods you want across.
Take another rod and place it on top of the rods up i confusing you ...i thought as much :-)
from now on follow pictures :-)

Continue weaving the base till you get the size you want...then clip off one of the rod and slip it inside a weave so it is concealed and glue...hold with a clip till it's firm

Step 4: The Bowl

Picture of The Bowl

I wanted to make a bowl so  i took a vase with a wide bottom to weave my bowl.

Remember the rod which was left jutting out...well weave that under the first left rod and pull it down...then take the first left rod and weave it under the second left rod pull it down . then take the 2nd  rod and weave it under and down the 3rd rod...continue weaving ( always remember to twist to the same side. please refer to the picture.)
till you come to the widest part of your vase.
remove the vase and now place your bowl up right. now do the same weave in the same direction but move each rod a little closer to the mouth so as to narrow the opening....If you want to make a vase with a long neck a thin long bottle in the center and weave towards the bottle and then weave upwards till you get the height you want.

When you come to the end  of where you want your vase to be will want to finish it. so trim the excess rod  while you weave and glue it in place. please refer to pictures.

Your vase or bowl is done. now you need to decide what finish you want to give it...:-)
You can paint it however you like ....or you can give it a clear varnish or if you like to have a wood look you can varnish with oil based wood stain.

Ta da! your vase is done!

This is a great way to recycle and make beautiful item.
Please make some and post some pictures ...i would love to see them :-)

All who liked this instructable please check the below link

And if you like the above link....once you go to it  please take a moment to rate and vote... and if you like add to your favorites :-)
Thanks loads in Advance.


Boxoffrogs (author)2016-06-18

I reuse plastic bottles to slowly water my plants, but they're so ugly...
This is great to make them pretty with a little reinforcement, and recycle newspaper too. Thanks so much!

Anannya made it! (author)2016-04-12

I have made it !

shazni (author)Anannya2016-05-02

:-) That looks so like mine. Even the colors ! ;-) lol

sdhoot (author)2016-04-04


Loved the tutorial, I'm learning it to teach it to underprivileged kids. But i'm not clear which paints to use which will give it the high quality finish look?

Thanks in advance :)

shazni (author)sdhoot2016-04-04

That is great! you can use enamel paint .
If you use acrylic, finish it with varnish to give it a nice gloss and to protect it.

sdhoot (author)2016-04-04


Loved the tutorial, I'm learning it to teach it to underprivileged kids. But i'm not clear which paints to use which will give it the high quality finish look?

Thanks in advance :)

Anwar Hahj (author)2015-05-10

Thank you for your tutorial! For rolling the paper rod, I have found that a round chopstick works well.

kmbailey9 (author)2014-08-30

maybe it is sleep-deprivation or i'm clueless but if you wrap the newspaper/magazine with a dowel, how do you bend it wile you are weaving? do you make the roll and pull the dowel/bbq stick out after? this is gorgoues and i am dying to make it, but i can't figure out what i am missing that everyone else seems to understand...

shazni (author)kmbailey92014-09-01

Oh. I must add that bit. Thought it was understood. My mistake. The dowel is slowly pulled out after rolling. It is shown in image 7 of step 2. Let me know if you understand or need any help.

Keznaa (author)2013-05-05

I'm sure I might have over looked it but how did you dye the paper? Did you use coffee it tea before hand?

shazni (author)Keznaa2013-05-05

it's there in the last step ....I used teak varnish to get the color.
Once my vase was over...I painted the whole vase with teak varnish....if you like you could also spray with food coloring and then varnish it to preserve it we.....but using teak varnish is much easier.
you have overlooked it. :-) it's in the last step.
Please post a picture once you finish...I would love to see it!
and sorry for the late reply...I was out this weekend :-)

mward-moore (author)2013-01-15

These are beautiful! What a wonderful to make beautiful things from things that would have been thrown away! I can't wait to try it!

shazni (author)mward-moore2013-01-15

Great! can't wait to see it :-)

Master97865 (author)2012-10-19

Wow, gorgeous isn't enough of a word to describe it! So you're telling me that, with just a bunch of newspaper, glue, and some tools you can recycle AND make something pretty? You are exactly the kind of person who I would love to have as a friend. It's unbelievable that the vases are newspaper!

shazni (author)Master978652012-10-20

:-D Thanks! I would love to have you around as a friend too! Sharing craft ideas is fun...especially with some one who is equally into it!
Sometimes...i get comments like ' You must be really jobless to get in to this stuff...or like where do you have time for this??' and so on :-) haha
Well...i get a fulfillment when i make something cool...and that is good enough for me :-)

Master97865 (author)shazni2012-11-27

Thanks. I do look forward to finding out what other cool little things you make!

shazni (author)Master978652012-11-28

Thanks...did you check out the other tutorial?
hmm...i 'm still wondering if to do another ornamental basket for the reuse...wondering if people will get sick and tired of it??? what say you?? yes? no?

Master97865 (author)shazni2012-12-16

I've seen the other tutorial and I think it's just as awesome! And if people get tired of instructables on weaving really cool stuff then they can go find other instructables that interest them more, right?

jennybotha (author)2012-11-17

If THIS captcha rejects me this time --- then I'll be very frustrated.Wonderful what you can do with newspapers. Love them. Will definitely try my hand at it. Tthanks Sweetie

shazni (author)jennybotha2012-11-17

You are most welcome...for a first time project I would recommend trying the pencil holder... in this 2nd tutorial
the rustic basket is also pretty easy :-)
good luck!

poofrabbit (author)2012-11-04

This is wicked!! I'm going to start saving papers to do it thanks for the great instructable!

shazni (author)poofrabbit2012-11-07

Great! post a picture when you do...and check back in the fiber contest :-) i have more :-)

kirnex (author)2012-11-03

These are seriously amazing. Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

shazni (author)kirnex2012-11-03

Thanks! i'm hoping to do something like this for the fiber contest...please check back for it!
Glad to share a point i was disappointed and wanted to delete the whole thing...but i'm glad i didn't..:-D

kirnex (author)shazni2012-11-03

I'm glad you didn't, as well. I am feeling very inspired to try fiber weaving because of this project. I've been looking for inspiration for months...I finally found it here. :)

shahanak (author)2012-10-28

Who..judged the contest?? the instructable team?...don't they give a place for art?
only high tec? you should have got 1st place!

HollyMann (author)2012-10-24

Congratulations Shazni - even though I think you should have been a 1st prize winner. Your creativity is amazing!!!

shazni (author)HollyMann2012-10-24

Yeah...thanks...if you notice...they removed me from there as well..after giving me the be honest...I'm currently so disappointing i feel like removing this whole instructable... :-(
Currently I'm feeling so down in the dumps...
At first i saw i won 2 2nd it's only one...i guess they can't give one person 2 gifts

HollyMann (author)shazni2012-10-27

Sorry for not replying sooner! :( I am sorry that happened to you - I too would be so sad and disappointed. Did they explain why or what happened? I don't see yours on either one now. You are so talented..this project is one of my favorites. You took something that most people have piles and piles of - and made such awesome creations. I love it.

shazni (author)HollyMann2012-10-27

yes...they said 'one contestant can only win one prize' :-( still...i had such hopes for the was going to get sold and go to the ipad fund for my kids :-)'s like that..

HollyMann (author)shazni2012-10-28

awww I see. :( Do you have the Kindle fire where you live? Just curious because it's a great alternative to the ipad...I bought an ipad a long time ago and realized I had spent too much and returned it! Silly...I ended up a year or so later buying a Kindle fire and it's so much cheaper (less than $200) and has some of the same perks...just a thought anyway! I'm sure you'll win a grand prize one of these times. You're making such awesome stuff.

HollyMann (author)2012-10-15

And you have my VOTE and 5stars - you deserve to win! I hope you get more votes!!! This is incredible! And did it take quite a long time to make one? I love the tallest one in the pic...

shazni (author)HollyMann2012-10-15

Thanks!!! I hope so too! Only rolling loads of rods and painting took time...but the painting would be quicker if i had used a spray can...which is expensive here but I'm sure very cheap over there :-)
Once you learn this could create almost anything with the usual basket weaving technique...Mats, frames and so on..
Over here we are teaching it to some girls in an orphanage so that they can earn an income...pencil holders are like sooo quick

HollyMann (author)shazni2012-10-27

wow these are so beautiful Shazni..I don't know why I didn't see this picture earlier. I love the green ones. So do you volunteer at an orphanage? What kinds of kids are there...I mean ages, etc. ? I used to live in Thailand and my mom was helping at an orphanage..I love the kids...but I get too attached!

shazni (author)HollyMann2012-10-27

It's an only girls orphanage...mostly teenagers...
over here most marriages are still sometimes...these girls continue to stay there till a marriage is arranged for them...they are of course consulted..nobody is forced :-).
I'm not a volunteer...if i have an idea that would help them...i go and suggest and see if it's feasible...
the pencil holders are much simpler to make as the bottom is not weaved...rods are attached to a circle ..
i shall try and provide a tutorial for it in the future...
hopefully it'll have a chance in the design contest... :-)

HollyMann (author)shazni2012-10-28

That sounds great if you post that sometime. That's really nice you help out there and help teach them some new ideas! You're so creative! Interesting too about the arranged different..:) You're awesome and I look fwd to seeing your next project!

xpat73 (author)2012-10-25

Last night I saw this beautiful vase was selected in the winning list.I was
so disappointed to see that it was not selected as 1st prize.I agree to what Hollymann says.And now I see that it has been removed from the prize list.I feel that it is very unfair to take off the list after it has been selected.This is a very nice project with very low budget which every body can efford to do.

Izz17 (author)2012-10-19

another one of your fantastic creations... doesn't look like its made of news papers at all... fun way to recycle

shazni (author)Izz172012-10-20

Thanks! :-) And is fun

786Ayesha (author)2012-10-19

Congrats.You are in the finalist.I am checking on this vase every time I log in as I like it very much.Why don't you change your user name to creative woman because your projects are so nice and creative.We already have a creative man as a member.Good luck.

shazni (author)786Ayesha2012-10-20

Thanks! I hope i win too

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kaaaazmi (author)2012-10-16

Wow! I can't believe that this is a creation from news paper. It is so beautiful. I love this project and give you my 5 stars and vote. You deserve to win .

HollyMann (author)2012-10-15

WOW!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THIS...i have tons of newspapers and can't wait to make one of are so creative!

shazni (author)HollyMann2012-10-15

Thanks! Love to here it from an equally or should i say more talented person!

xpat73 (author)2012-10-15

I love your creative work.This is such a nice piece of work.Thanks for posting.I am collecting my news papers.

786Ayesha (author)2012-10-13

This is an awesome work.You are very creative,and thank you very much for posting such nice low budget project.I must try this out.You deserve my vote.

shazni (author)786Ayesha2012-10-13

Thanks a lot!

thonams (author)2012-10-13

awsm one i loved it gonna try this one soon........

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