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
To make these baskets you'll need:
- Paper - newspaper, old magazine, old calenders, brown paper etc,
- Clothespin - 3-4,
Step 2: Making Paper Strips
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
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.