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I always try to use recycled materials for crafting projects. Almost everyone have piles of papers (newspaper, brown paper, magazine paper etc.) around their houses. It's about time we turned them into something useful!
In this instructable I've tried to show 5 easy patterns for paper basket weaving. I used small number of strips and tried to simplify the steps as much as possible. These paper baskets can be really useful and cheap as well! :)

Materials needed to make these paper baskets are:-
1) Paper (newspaper, brown paper, colored paper, magazine paper... any kind of paper)
2) Anti-cutter,
3) Scissor,
4) Glue
5) Scotch tape,
6) Cardboard or thick paper.

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Step 1: Paper strips

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I used brown paper strips to make the baskets. At first, you have to cut the papers into strips of 1.5 inch width. Then fold them into half inch width and keep the length about 12 inches or more. Make as many as you can.

Step 2: Paper Basket - 1

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First, take 16 strips and divide them into half. Lay out 8 strips vertically and 8 strips horizontally as shown in the first picture of this step. Tighten the weave carefully to make sure that all the sides are even. Now build up the sides. Take a strip and go around the sides as shown in the picture. Keep about half to 1 inch of the strip to fold at the end. while folding the remaining part of the strip use scotch tape or glue to make sure they don't come out. The square paper basket is ready! 

Does anyone know how to make lids for the square baskets?

try doing the first part of the basket (before you fold up the edge) and trim and glue/tape the edges to the under side for a flat square/rectangle piece that you can set on top? Hope this helps!

NinaSebial2 months ago

Wow! Its amazing

manya arora4 months ago

the baskets are really amazing....... :) love them...

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  manya arora4 months ago

Thanks so much!

Ayushi Sharma8 months ago

thanx for posting..its really amazing..will surely try..:)

gladys hannah12 months ago

You seem very deleterious. Have you tried using forms such as the end of a unopened paper towel roll and a rubber band to hold the strips in place while weaving? This works for me. I love your baskets. You are very proliferack (sp.)

Thanks for sharing with us

blackweb1 year ago
Very's amazing how creative people can be.....especially reusing useless household items.
Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  blackweb1 year ago
Thanks! reusing the useless makes me happy!
Used old magazines turned out great
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wow! I love the pattern you can get from old magazines! thanks for sharing :) it looks awesome :)
Perfect for rainy days with kids
thanks for posting
Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  vincent75201 year ago
Happy to know! you're welcome :)
DUO00371 year ago
sooo cool!
Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  DUO00371 year ago
mali baig11 year ago
This is on my "to do list" for the vacation. Thanks :).
Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  mali baig11 year ago
Glad to know! you'll have fun making these paper baskets! enjoy :)
are u from india
I'm from Bangladesh.
gene131 year ago
c'est beau et bien expliqué , merci avec des papiers publicitaires j'ai fais un bol en enroulant les bandes de papier ( voir lien )
 belle journée,r231911.html
Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  gene131 year ago
merci! très beau site! sorry my french isn't so good. thanks again! :)
Have a great day!
sabu.dawdy2 years ago
this is beautiful
Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  sabu.dawdy2 years ago
Thank you sabu.dawdy!
that is cute :)
Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  zeyanimisbah2 years ago
Thank you sweety!
kcli2 years ago
How nice to have so many tutorials under one Instructable! It will be very helpful when I attempt to make these with leftover holiday paper.
Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  kcli2 years ago
Thank you kcli! I thought posting a 5 in 1 tutorial would be helpful & it'll save time. Happy to know you'll make some, & don't forget to post a photo, I'd really like to see :)
kolowinter2 years ago
I love the variety of baskets you made. I've made baskets with reed but never considered using paper. Great instructions -- fun to read and not loaded with unnecessary details. Thanks for taking the time to share!!!!
Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  kolowinter2 years ago
Thanx! I'm glad you love'em! paper's are readily available, especially newspaper & brown paper, so I always try to recycle them into something useful & creative :) Thanx again!
These are very cute and you have great directions!
Thank you Penolopy! I tried to simplify the steps as much as possible :)
sooooc2 years ago
It's fantastic. Thank you.
Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  sooooc2 years ago
Happy to know that sooooc! :)