Introduction: Woven Basket Made Out of Recycled Paper / Junk Mail

IF you are like me, sick of receiving junk mails that came in the mail everyday, try Using weaving technique similar to the way Indonesian weave plastic coffee sachets.

Step 1: Links Needed for Weaving

The ratio of Wide : Length is 1:4

Step 2: Weave the First Pinwheel

As shown on the picture, you can simply for one link over another and then lock the 4th link to the first one.

Step 3: Weave Your Second Link

Step 4: Build the First Row

You are building the length of your piece, I make 4 pinwheels here.

Step 5: Form Your Base

3 rows are usually a great number to form the base, but you are welcome to try more rows if you like.

Step 6: Form Corners Using 4 Triangles

The hardest part is picking the right point for the corners. Start from the top right to make it easier and follow the picture exactly. When you are done with the right side, flip the left one and do it over. I know I am doing it right when I can 4 triangles somewhat symmetrical.

Step 7: Finishing Up

Weave to your heart content to achieve the height you desire. In this project, I glue the end flaps rather than sewing it.

I added 2 pictures in the end to show you another option if you would like to try smaller size.

Step 8: You Are Done!

If you make 2 exactly the same pieces, it is possible to put them together and you have a close basket.

The smaller one is made out of toilet paper / paper towel rolls.

Happy weaving!

Papercraft Contest 2015

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Papercraft Contest 2015