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I have just discovered how easy it is to weave a basket using newspaper! It's so simple to roll paper tubes out of newspaper and then weave the tubes into a basket. You can bet I will be making plenty of these faux wicker baskets for future projects, as well as for storage in the home.

I discovered this post on a Russian website and the instructions don't quite make sense, so I started putting together my own paper weave basket using newspaper that I normally keep for cleaning windows and messy projects.

If you have never done basket weaving before, try starting out with this simple basket weaving project, and then work your way up to this basket chandelier.

Step 1: Making the newspaper tubes for weaving

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:
1. You need to cut long strips of newspaper to about 10cm wide. Fold the newspaper horizontally in half and then half again, and use a sharp knife to cut into sections. I used a pine skewer for rolling the tubes, but you can also use a thin knitting needle or 3mm dowel. Place the dowel on a corner of the newspaper at an acute angle. This will give you a long tube.

2. Tuck under the corner edge and then roll with your fingers. There are various methods of rolling the paper tubes, and after a couple of paper tubes you will work out which one works best for you. I start off rolling with my fingers and then carefully lift the tube, holding the end of the skewer in my right hand and rolling the paper around with my left.

3. When you reach the end, smear on a small amount of glue to secure in place. I have found the best glue to be No More Nails. It's not runny, hold the paper firmly and dries quickly.

4. You will notice once you have made a few tubes that one end is ever so slightly narrower than the other. Don't worry about this and you will find out why later on.
<p>I have heard that its best to 'spritz' painted tubes with water for easier weaving. Does the same apply for non painted tibes?</p>
<p>Do you take the sticks out?</p>
<p>It looks great! How do you make the waveform? I can not do that. </p>
<p>The wave is actually a loose plait using 3 strands along the top.</p>
<p>Nice!</p>
<p>I teach free art classes to the general public and these instructions were easy to follow and it keeps in line with the theme of our mission that all things are recyclable. Thank you for your posting. :)</p>
<p>can anyone help me with making a basket from rosemary?</p><p>ive successfully weaved the walls together and have no idea of how to attach the corners.</p><p>im doing this simply to put dried plants from my gardens into the basket covered in oil to make potpourri.</p>
<p>You don't normally weave a basket piece by piece. You would weave the base first and then turn the spokes up and build the sides up together.</p>
Hi there . I interested in learning this crafty thing . have few queries . can you help me learn it online . many thanks
<p>hello,roy </p><p>i am komal here.i read your message ..u teach free art classes on online?</p><p>because i am interesting if u want to teach me...</p>
<p>How strong are the baskets? Would a larger cylinder, say 14&quot;-20&quot; inch base diameter and maybe two feet height be able to keep a load of dirty laundry without getting damaged?</p>
<p>Generally speaking, I would consider making the &quot;straws&quot; a bit more heavy duty for that! Perhaps do straws with a bit wider piece of paper?? Or find something to coat the paper with (like the paint she used, only heavier?)</p>
<p>I was thinking wood boat lacquer anyway - a laundry basket has to endure a lot of moderate friction, paper alone would quickly wear out.</p>
<p>These look gorgeous!</p>
<p>Love this! I will be including this as part of a maker space in my school. Thanks!</p>
<p>Very nice tutorial. I will await your next one for weaving the bottoms of baskets. Thank you for sharing :)</p>
<p>can anyone help me with making a basket from rosemary?</p><p>ive successfully weaved the walls together and have no idea of how to attach the corners.</p><p>im doing this simply to put dried plants from my gardens into the basket covered in oil to make potpourri.</p>
<p>i hope i will get it right gotta try harder</p>
<p>hey man!!!i dont get it right how much have i tried!!1</p>
<p>G-R-O-O-V-E-Y!!!!!!!!</p>
I wish to make newspaper basket.<br>I want to know each and every detail of it...<br>plsss help me out
<p>it is my hobby to make crafts with recycled material :) </p>
<p>it is my hobby to make crafts with recycled material :) </p>
<p>it is my hobby to make crafts with recycled material :) </p>
<p>it is my hobby to make crafts with recycled material :) </p>
<p>Does anybody know where I can get the instructions to weave a ladybug out of paper tubes?</p>
<p>Excellent stuff. Much homemade craft stuff often, with the best will, looks just that, but these look very professional. Such patience. You're in good company, too. Lloyd Loom furniture that graced 1930s (and on) homes, hotels, and liners, was made using paper wrapped around wire. It looked just like cane, and when I was first told that it wasn't I didn't believe it. I did wonder why some items were so heavy, though. Using till rolls is close to their method. Rather than individual sheets, the paper was spiral-wrapped around the wire producing lengths suitable for commercial production. Don't know if they used glue during the wrapping process, but over the years I only came across a few items that showed signs of unwrapping. As for your till rolls, it would be easier spiral-wrapping the paper around a central core, such as wire, than not. Using metal coathanger wire wrapped in that way for uprights would certainly increase strength - don't know how you'd fix them to the base, though. (The London firm's still going, by the way, and antique items don't come cheap.) Sorry about the history lesson, it's just interesting... to me, anyway. I'd like to see some done with ordinary B&amp;W newsprint, or sheet music. Nice one.</p>
<p>I'd like to see their work, do you have any more information?</p>
Here you go.<br><br><br>http://www.lloydloom-uk.co.uk/<br><br><br>and this takes you straight to their classic chair range. You'd swear they were wicker, no?<br><br>http://www.lloydloom-uk.co.uk/lloydloom/lloydloom-classicchairs.htm<br><br>Here there's a video of them making the wire-wrapped material, and then making furniture.<br><br>http://www.lloydloom-uk.co.uk/lloydloomfurniture.htm<br><br>Enjoy<br><br>
<p>This is my first &quot;official attempt&quot; at weaving a &quot;Newspaper&quot; Tube basket. I used tubes made from newspaper, pages from a telephone book and cash register tape.</p>
<p>I forgot to mention, I posted pictures of the bottom and inside of this basket on Pintrest. Username is the same as on here. Have a great day everyone!</p>
<p>amazing work! thanks!</p>
<p>Thanks. Helpful to me.</p>
Very cool
Good explanations! Have you made tubes out of magazine pages? The more colorful the better!
I am busy using a variety of papers. The lastest is till slip rolls - rejects - that someone gave to me. They don't need finishing because they are already nice and white!
Thanks for including both your own trials and errors and links to your source of inspiration! This is a great idea and seeing you experiment with it (and credit your source) makes it inspiring and accessible rather than intimidating.
I am busy using a variety of papers. The lastest is till slip rolls - rejects - that someone gave to me. They don't need finishing because they are already nice and white!
My great-grandmothers made these during the Depression&mdash;glad to see this again!
Thanks a lot for this great -ible. What a cool way to recycle-(or re-use) newspapers. <br>I am inspired.. :) <br>
Awesome! I love it!!
AWESOME!!! I LOVE IT. Hopefully I will have the patience to do it &amp; finish it, lol.
this is cool but I just realised a massive limitation - if you do it underwater your basked will go soggy!
So I guess Sponge Bob cannot make these :( Too bad for him... because they are really great!
*basket (as an aside, why is there no 'edit'?)
Very interesting. Great step-by-step instructions, too!
All the news in a basket. Real nice Thank you.
Excellent! LOVE it! Thank you!

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