Picture of DIY Recycled Paper Baskets

Want to make something useful, creative and eco-friendly? Well, you can always use old newspapers, magazines, calenders, brown paper bags and so on to make a number of unique and awesome craft projects.

Recycling old newspaper, magazines, calender into eco-friendly baskets is one of the amazing eco-friendly craft projects :) These baskets turn out pretty sturdy and useful... besides, eco-friendly crafts always refresh and satisfy your mind.

I'm sure we all have loads of old newspapers or any kind of old paper stocks at home, so grab all the stuffs and lets do recycling ^_^

Step 1: Materials Needed

Picture of Materials Needed

To make these baskets you'll need:

  1. Paper - newspaper, old magazine, old calenders, brown paper etc,
  2. Clothespin - 3-4,
  3. Stapler.
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Doing it right now, can't wait to click that 'I made it!' button. Although can you add a step for designing the strips so you get a nice colourful imprint? Maybe like a rainbow spiral or something, if you get me.

EverythingAbby made it!5 months ago
It was rather difficult, but I tried...
emaz82566 months ago

I got a little stuck on the last few parts (weaving the sides together), but it turned out okay in the end! Thank you for all the helpful pictures! P.S. I can't do "I Made It!" without a picture, but I did!

jasara11 months ago
What a great Idea! Please provide some more photos. I get stuck at the corners every time I try making a basket.
princesG11 months ago

hey i m confuse with 5th step in sec 2...exctly tell me how can i this...

Great instructions. thanks its really cool looking two.
Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  RhodimasPrime1 year ago

Nice work!

ayuan31 year ago
I need to practice weaving. A bit difficult to do using recycled Trader Joe's bags.
Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  ayuan31 year ago

It looks great! love the patterns on the weave :)

shazni1 year ago

Congrats on your win ! Amazing finalists :-)

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  shazni1 year ago

Thanks shazni!

Congratulations!! For Finals Muhaiminah :)

Thanks so much Tarun!

just made 5 of these out of some brown paper I found in a box I was cleaning out. Absolutely love them. finally have a place for all of my art pens and sewing threads.

thanks for sharing!

Wow! I love making these baskets out of brown paper. Please share a picture if possible, I'd love to see them :)

No problem!

sunshiine1 year ago

My daughter and I made some baskets from paper but I like your design better. Thanks for sharing.


Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  sunshiine1 year ago

Thanks so much sunshiine!

No problem ^_^

Janolucero1 year ago

pretty cute idea!


nanoukarp1 year ago

great instructable! easy to follow, and fun to make :)

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  nanoukarp1 year ago

It looks really cute! glad to know that the tutorial was helpful ^_^

SHUIXING1 year ago

Your hands are too clever

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  SHUIXING1 year ago

Thank you! ^_^

Lovely baskets

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  Yashfa Zafar1 year ago

Thanks Yashfa!

Sara Ash1 year ago

i loved your idea and tried to make one of these..... but mine didnt turn out good and i ended up wasting paper :/
any tips on how i could work better??

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  Sara Ash1 year ago

Thanks! weaving the corners is the tricky part actually, once you get handy with making the corners you can easily weave the rest. It took me while as well so no worries, you'll get it right, just practice weaving the corners perfectly :)

Loved it :)

Thank you Tarun!

hunter9991 year ago

Wow, these are great!! It's awesome that the paper has been recyled - very green! :D

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  hunter9991 year ago

Thank you so much hunt! recycling crafts are awesome ^_^

Indeed they are! Voted also :D

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  hunter9991 year ago

Thanks ^_^

azharz1 year ago

Fantastically Awesome. I am in love with these! Surely going to try this on my own. Keep up the great work!

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  azharz1 year ago

Thanks so much! very happy to know that :) post a picture if you make one.

Indeed, I am going to add a picture.

So green and simple.

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  Yudha Saputra1 year ago

Thank you!

Those are amazing!!

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  creativity1231 year ago


I love these baskets, they are so very well done! I remember trying this technique using paper straws instead and I made a mess so I gave up...I must try again someday :D

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