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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.
 
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Step 1: Making the newspaper tubes for weaving

Picture of Making the newspaper tubes for weaving
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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.

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. :)

hello,roy

i am komal here.i read your message ..u teach free art classes on online?

because i am interesting if u want to teach me...

FirstSpear8 months ago

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&W newsprint, or sheet music. Nice one.

I'd like to see their work, do you have any more information?

Here you go.


http://www.lloydloom-uk.co.uk/


and this takes you straight to their classic chair range. You'd swear they were wicker, no?

http://www.lloydloom-uk.co.uk/lloydloom/lloydloom-classicchairs.htm

Here there's a video of them making the wire-wrapped material, and then making furniture.

http://www.lloydloom-uk.co.uk/lloydloomfurniture.htm

Enjoy

connerks made it!4 months ago

This is my first "official attempt" at weaving a "Newspaper" Tube basket. I used tubes made from newspaper, pages from a telephone book and cash register tape.

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connerks connerks4 months ago

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!

omid shakeri6 months ago

amazing work! thanks!

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bandara6 months ago

Thanks. Helpful to me.

nfarrow8 months ago
Very cool
hammer98768 months ago
Good explanations! Have you made tubes out of magazine pages? The more colorful the better!
dezine (author)  hammer98768 months ago
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!
belsey8 months ago
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.
dezine (author)  belsey8 months ago
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!
Yoshi Jones8 months ago
My great-grandmothers made these during the Depression—glad to see this again!
nitesurfer8 months ago
Thanks a lot for this great -ible. What a cool way to recycle-(or re-use) newspapers.
I am inspired.. :)
scrabble!8 months ago
Awesome! I love it!!
dsantil718 months ago
AWESOME!!! I LOVE IT. Hopefully I will have the patience to do it & finish it, lol.
Howi8 months ago
this is cool but I just realised a massive limitation - if you do it underwater your basked will go soggy!
nomij Howi8 months ago
So I guess Sponge Bob cannot make these :( Too bad for him... because they are really great!
Howi Howi8 months ago
*basket (as an aside, why is there no 'edit'?)
kakmer8 months ago
Very interesting. Great step-by-step instructions, too!
Mihsin8 months ago
All the news in a basket. Real nice Thank you.
jwebsd8 months ago
Excellent! LOVE it! Thank you!
annieannie8 months ago
This is a fantastic upcycle and gifting idea!! And your humor is just adorable!! A+
Simple, straightforward, and wonderfully presented with humor and human frailties included. This is a great project, and is recycling with a vengeance! Well done indeed. Thanks for the project, it will be a fun winter activity I assure you.
shi828 months ago
Really great thanks
ericamobile8 months ago
This is absolutely fantastic! Love this and can't wait to try. Thanks so much for posting!
gcanders8 months ago
This is amazing and something really fun to try with the kids. Thanks!
rimar20008 months ago
Nice bowls and baskets, thanks for sharing this method.