How to Make a Woven Newspaper Basket

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About: I'm a designer, writer, and artist based in upstate NY.

Lately, my make-up has been all over my bathroom. I decided to make a little basket for all of it. Mine needed to be a little smaller, because I don't own much make-up. Here's my version of the newspaper basket. Hope you like it!

Step 1: Supplies

You need:
Newspaper
Scissors
Tape
Ribbon
Tacky Glue

Step 2: Cut That Paper

First, you need to cut a two-page newspaper spread in half, so it only looks like a one-page spread.

Step 3: Fold That Paper

Fold the newspaper across horizontally with a one-inch width, so the newspaper is as long as it can be.

Step 4: Weave

Once you have enough strips, you can start weaving! Weave from the center outwards, making it as big as you want it to be.

Step 5: Tape It Up

When the bottom of your basket is large enough, fold what's left of your strips up and start weaving the sides, using tape as you go. I used plenty.

Step 6: Fold Strips Over

When the sides are as tall as you want them to be, fold the strips left standing over the top and tape them to the inside of the basket.

Step 7: Make It Pretty

At this point, I used tacky glue to glue a strip around the inside top edge to make it look nicer and hide the ugly fold-overs. I also weaved some ribbon through the top to make it look a little girlier.

Step 8: You're Done!

It only took an hour or so to make, and now my make-up has its own little space.
Love, Liz

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LouiseM69

2 years ago

Cute and quick, nice Liz

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sunshiine

5 years ago on Introduction

My daughter and I were just making newspaper baskets. They are very nice and functional. Thanks for sharing your handi work!

sunshiine

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Ericsgirl

5 years ago on Introduction

So cute and financially friendly. Does anyone know of a specific kind of paint that could be used to 'brighten' it up some?

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Fan Blades

5 years ago

It's a woven basket not a weaved badsket.

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farriola

5 years ago

Thank you. Now I know what to do with all my old newspaper :)