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 :-)
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

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
1-40 of 61Next »
kmbailey97 months ago

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)  kmbailey96 months ago

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.

Keznaa1 year ago
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)  Keznaa1 year ago
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-moore2 years ago
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-moore2 years ago
Great! can't wait to see it :-)
Master978652 years ago
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)  Master978652 years ago
:-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 :-)
Thanks. I do look forward to finding out what other cool little things you make!
shazni (author)  Master978652 years ago
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?
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?
jennybotha2 years ago
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)  jennybotha2 years ago
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!
poofrabbit2 years ago
This is wicked!! I'm going to start saving papers to do it thanks for the great instructable!
shazni (author)  poofrabbit2 years ago
Great! post a picture when you do...and check back in the fiber contest :-) i have more :-)
kirnex2 years ago
These are seriously amazing. Thanks so much for sharing this with us!
shazni (author)  kirnex2 years ago
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 shazni2 years ago
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. :)
shahanak2 years ago
Who..judged the contest?? the instructable team?...don't they give a place for art?
only high tec? you should have got 1st place!
HollyMann2 years ago
Congratulations Shazni - even though I think you should have been a 1st prize winner. Your creativity is amazing!!!
shazni (author)  HollyMann2 years ago
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
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)  HollyMann2 years ago
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..
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.
HollyMann2 years ago
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)  HollyMann2 years ago
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
pencil holder and mat.jpg
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)  HollyMann2 years ago
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... :-)
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!
xpat732 years ago
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.
Izz172 years ago
another one of your fantastic creations... doesn't look like its made of news papers at all... fun way to recycle
shazni (author)  Izz172 years ago
Thanks! :-) And is fun
786Ayesha2 years ago
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)  786Ayesha2 years ago
Thanks! I hope i win too
antoniraj2 years ago
shazni (author)  antoniraj2 years ago
kaaaazmi2 years ago
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 .
HollyMann2 years ago
WOW!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THIS...i have tons of newspapers and can't wait to make one of are so creative!
shazni (author)  HollyMann2 years ago
Thanks! Love to here it from an equally or should i say more talented person!
xpat732 years ago
I love your creative work.This is such a nice piece of work.Thanks for posting.I am collecting my news papers.
1-40 of 61Next »