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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 ^_^

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Step 1: Materials Needed

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To make these baskets you'll need:

  1. Paper - newspaper, old magazine, old calenders, brown paper etc,
  2. Clothespin - 3-4,
  3. Stapler.

Step 2: Making Paper Strips

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First of all we need to make lots of strips out of paper,

Making strips would vary with the thickness of the paper you're using,

For thick papers such as, old magazines, old calenders etc cut 2 inches wide and 14 inches (at least) long paper strips,
Fold the papers into half 2 times to make the strips sturdy.

For newspaper I had to cut 3 inches wide strips and used all the length there was,
Folded the strip into half and then into even thirds to make sturdy strips.

Make as many paper strips as you want.

Step 3: The Bottom

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Before starting the weave you should know that to make this basket you'll need to use even number of strips. The number of strips should be 'proportional' even after dividing them into half, for instance you can't use 6 strips because there will be 3 strips after dividing them into half.

For this basket I used 8 paper strips. 4 strips for each sides.

Take 2 folded strips and mark their center,
Place them in a cross making sure both centers touch,
Now start adding (weaving over and under) strips on both sides of the cross,
I made a 4 X 4 square for this basket.

You can add more strips if you want to, but make sure that the number of strips are even and equal on all sides.

EverythingAbby made it!16 days ago
It was rather difficult, but I tried...
emaz82562 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!

jasara7 months ago
What a great Idea! Please provide some more photos. I get stuck at the corners every time I try making a basket.
princesG7 months ago

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

RhodimasPrime8 months ago
Great instructions. thanks its really cool looking two.
Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  RhodimasPrime8 months ago

Nice work!

ayuan39 months ago
I need to practice weaving. A bit difficult to do using recycled Trader Joe's bags.
Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  ayuan38 months ago

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

shazni9 months ago

Congrats on your win ! Amazing finalists :-)

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  shazni9 months ago

Thanks shazni!

Congratulations!! For Finals Muhaiminah :)

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya9 months ago

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!

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  flavouredginger9 months ago

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

No problem!

sunshiine11 months ago

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


Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  sunshiine11 months ago

Thanks so much sunshiine!

No problem ^_^

Janolucero11 months ago

pretty cute idea!


nanoukarp11 months ago

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

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  nanoukarp11 months ago

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

SHUIXING11 months ago

Your hands are too clever

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  SHUIXING11 months ago

Thank you! ^_^

Yashfa Zafar11 months ago

Lovely baskets

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  Yashfa Zafar11 months ago

Thanks Yashfa!

Sara Ash11 months 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 Ash11 months 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 :)

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya11 months ago

Thank you Tarun!

hunter99911 months ago

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

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  hunter99911 months ago

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

Indeed they are! Voted also :D

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  hunter99911 months ago

Thanks ^_^

azharz11 months 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)  azharz11 months ago

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

Indeed, I am going to add a picture.

Yudha Saputra11 months ago

So green and simple.

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  Yudha Saputra11 months ago

Thank you!

creativity12311 months ago

Those are amazing!!

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  creativity12311 months ago


lindarose9211 months 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

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)  lindarose9211 months ago

Thanks Linda! haven't used paper straws for making baskets but these baskets are easy to make using paper strips, you should give it a try, it's a fun craft and green :)