Newspaper Weave 2 - Rack, Rustic Basket, Pencil Holder




About: I'm a mom of 4 and I love to craft! Anything and Everything interests me and i love to create in the process of learning.

Here is my 2nd tutorial on newspaper weave. :-) Ii would show you the single , double ,and twist weave.
I should have started with the pencil holder ( or vase ...if you stick a jam bottle inside!) in the first it's very simple and is a great beginners project and is great for school craft projects too!
I would not go into how to make the rods as i have covered it already...and i don't want to bore you to death with the overload of pictures! :-D
but for those of you who missed the first tutorial...go here advise is after making the rods follow pencil holder project...and them move to others :-)

Step 1: Pencil Holder / Vase

Your would need approximately 13 rods for this...that is if you are doing a small circle...for a  pencil holder/ vase.
Cut 2 cardboard circles and 1 paper circle the same size
cut 1 paper circle larger than the above circle.
glue 6 rods on one circle as picture...then glue the other circle on the rods...glue the larger paper circle on the cardboard and flip over
cut slits on the large circle and paste it on...please follow the pic...
now once you have finished paste the remaining small circle on top to neaten.
glue one rod to one of the sticks...
now simple follow steps and weave...
to to the square it's the same concept. only if you move the rods further away the mouth of the vase becomes wider.....and of course closer to the mouth the gap closes :-)
when the rods get  short...glue a new rod inside the opening
flip it over and move it till you feel it's in level as it's still flexible.
now paint to your hearts content!

Step 2: Rustic Vase

This is a cute Rustic can make it bigger by making the base bigger and of course the walls higher! :-)
Take 4 rods and weave it ..then take one of the rods and go under and over the rest of the rods only one rod...single weave!
please follow pictures...
Once you come to the base...glue to base and then continue to weave up by folding every other rod up.
When you come to the second row...continue to weave upwards. :-)
Once you come to the size you want...fold the long rod into a loop and tuck it in between the weaves...go right down and go to the inside. then weave back up..cut excess and will see what i mean in the next few pictures :-)
For the rustic look i painted yellow ocher then a touch of green and then brown.

Step 3: Newspaper Rack

Now isn't this cool...a Newspaper Rack made with newspaper!
here...we use a double weave....meaning we weave 2 lines at the same time :-)
Cut 2 cardboard about 5" wide and  take the length according to the width of your project
Fold the cardboard in half and mark a line every both cardboard fold on top of fold and punch a hole in each line...then make them into stands as picture.this will be your spacer.
cut 11 wires about 36 inches long and 4 wires about 15" long...wrap them with newspaper and leave them like need to remove the wire.
( i first made the rod and tried to push the wire through...this was a big mistake!)
Pass the 11 rods through the holes.
Take a rod and fold in please follow pictures :-) I've taken pictures of every step...if you have a problem...please ask...i'll be happy to help.
You would need a minimum of 125 rods for this project.
Once your mat is done...mark 16" from either side...that would leave you 4" for the base.
curve both ends towards you with a rolling pin or a very thick round dowel.
Now keep a plank marked sides ( 16") and fold  so that the curve is the same for the other end.
for the handle...i used the same wire only i folded it 4 times and twisted it to give strength...then i wrapped it with newspaper and later with jute fiber. fold the 15" wired rod on the handle and twist.
to give more stability...i drilled a dowel and passed jute thread through and tied it under the curve...later...i twisted the handle rods under and secured the handles...wrap the twisted paper with jute too for a better look.
Done! now just stain it and varnish it!
Thanks for reading!

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    Mrs Arty

    5 years ago on Introduction

    wow! absolutely brilliant..Love the creativity..very nice tutorial..thank you for sharing :)

    I have been wanting to try this project for a long time, and I've finally saved up enough newspaper! For the newspaper rack, do you wrap wire in every rod, or just the first 11 rods you use for the base?

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Finally!!! I'm so happy you are going to try this....please post a picture :-)
    you wrap only the first 11 rods which you use for the base. :-D good luck !


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Congratulations on being a finalist in the fiber arts contest!! Good luck to you! I'm so excited you made the finals!!

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    6 years ago on Introduction

    Congratulation in coming to the finals.I voted for you as you published.I love your paper work.I copied your paper rod method and used a barbeque spears to roll the paper for my fiber art which is also in the finals.he !he!

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! I'm happy that you found a way to do an instructable using this method. And I'm glad that you came to the finals...I find your instructable very useful....In fact I plan on making matching rings like that so I may place it on my table and then serve hot meals without fear :-).
    Anyway...this time I plan on keeping a lid on my expectations :-D That way I wouldn't be disappointed.. :-),, congratulations to you too on making the finalist and I hope you win a prize.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction's nice to hear from you...i was wondering what happened to you....wondering if you were affected by the storm :-). The pencil holder was just for you since you asked :-D


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    aww you're sweet! I know I miss chatting and miss being on here! I have been SUPER busy going to college..taking full time classes..picked one that has a teacher who is highly demanding, giving a ton of homework. Almost done for a while though. How have you been?


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I've been great thanks! Studying again? that's great! I've noticed that as adults we tend to take our studies much more seriously than as kids...therefore doing better! It's awesome you being able to do it while being a mom...which is tough without help. Good luck in your studies and I hope you do well in your future.

    yes it is... :-) especially the twist weave is soooo easy. I was wondering if to do anther totally different ornamental bowl with newspaper for the reuse...only wondering if people will get sick and tired of the newspaper basket ...what do you think yes do it or no...toooo boring??


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Remarkable work yet again, and such a great deal of time put into it! How far have you tested the strength of your weave? Have you attempted a stool or a 'modern' curved chair? I really do think that you have indeed found another great way to recycle paper, and I can see it used even for structural purposes, but it may need a support of something else too. I'm voting :D

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the vote! Well Once the main frame is done with metal or wood and covered with paper...and say for a chair you put across a few more supports like i have done for the seems pretty strong...and of course you have to varnish it. A relative of mine who is totally into it has done it for the back of the chair as a support and it seems pretty strong. :-)