Revered as it is, the intricate art of basket making can be quite the time-consuming little craft. However, if you have an enormous stash of old newspapers lying around to be disposed of, why not settle for the simpler, cheaper, and more versatile cousin of wicker baskets- newspaper baskets! Read on to find out how to make a newspaper basket by weaving, as well as folding and origami.
Learn the weaving technique from the tutorial below, and keep at it until you get the desired height, width and breadth. You can use the basket for multiple purposes depending on its durability and size.
Make a firm, tapered, round newspaper basket for your dinner table to stock fruits. To get the design of a strawberry newspaper basket, paint it in red and yellow along with a green leaf-shaped top.
You can invert the newspaper containers to use them as lampshades or hanging lamps.
Instead of making a basket with an even brim, go for a zig-zag pattern to create a modern look.
If you are ‘weaving’ a newspaper roll container, paint it in shades of brown to make it look like an authentic wicker basket.
Line the basket with cute wrapping paper for storing magazines and books in it. Create a bow out of the wrapping paper and attach it to the side.
Make a highly unique bowl using glue and discs of coiled newspaper strips, like the one below.
Place layers of paper strips together as shown in the tutorial to make a newspaper container alongside the basket top with a knob.
Stack newspaper rolls in a row as shown below and coat them using brown paint to give it the appearance of a bamboo basket.
For a glossy look, paint it with a few layers of varnish or go for colorful magazine paper strips instead.
This is an affordable way to make a newspaper bicycle basket with handles in any color of your choice.
Use the same technique to make a bigger, sturdier newspaper basket to stuff in all your laundry.
Utilize thinly rolled paper tubes to make a shallow, small newspaper basket for storing flowers or pinecones, and use it as a centerpiece.
Roll the newspaper and tie the rolls to each other tightly to make it robust enough to hold heavy things like bed sheets and pillow covers.
Use color combinations like black, golden and silver or turquoise, purple and electric blue. Finish it off with a coat or two of varnish to seal in the color and give it a dazzling effect.
Place a soft cloth over a shallow and flat folded newspaper basket with a strong cardboard base and turn it into a temporary bed for your cat or puppy. Paint it with eco-friendly materials and lock the color with some lacquer.
After you finish painting your Easter eggs and basket, stuff it with shredded colorful paper and place the colored eggs on it for a newspaper Easter basket.
Cover your basket up by sticking colorful paper on it and its handle. Tie a small satin ribbon on the handle to embellish it further.
Secure the handles properly so that it doesn’t come off while carrying the basket.
Stuff your newspaper vessel with hay followed by your Easter eggs and voila! You have an adorable Easter Eggs Basket.
You can use your newspaper basket as a little pen holder or store any other kind of stationary in it.
Decorate your newspaper basket with ribbons or border it using a colored cloth for a charming appeal.
If you have birds at home, then transform your newspaper basket into a makeshift nursery by filling it up with hay and place it inside the bird cage.
Once you construct your basket, a lovely idea would be to apply golden acrylic color on it before attaching colorful rhinestones on the outer surface and keep it as a decorative piece for the living room.
Try painting it with a light color, followed by glue and then sprinkle it with glitter dust. You can also attach stickers of Barbies or G. I. Joes on the surface if you have kids at home.
To store your makeup accessories, a simple, rectangular newspaper basket would suffice to accommodate all your stuff. Alternate the newspaper with paper strips of other colors for a simple yet unique container.
A stable and durable newspaper box calls for a cardboard box cut-out base. Spray paint it with red and green colors and stuff it with enticing goodies for an amazing Christmas present.
The procedure would be the same though the magazines can be replaced by newspaper strips. For increased durability, waterproof your waste basket after making it by using materials such as wax, paraffin, shellac, or even alum.
Paint each newspaper roll with a different shade to make a colorful basket for toys and store it in your kids’ room.
Make a sturdy and layered newspaper basket to keep your flowers. Paint it in brown to give it a rustic, muddy look.
Go through this pictorial tutorial to learn how to make a petite newspaper basket in the criss-cross pattern. This would serve as a fantastic storage box for your earrings, key rings, and other stuff which otherwise remain scattered all over the place.
Use the cane technique to make a big and sturdy basket out of old newspapers.
You can also prefer making a big basket and divide it into two compartments with a newspaper wall as shown in the image below.
Erect a basket out of a quilled newspaper base and small coiled strips attached to the edge of the base for a quirky storage space. Keep adding layers of rolled newspaper strips, depending on the desired size.
During your kids’ summer break you can involve them in folding newspapers to make these cute baskets out of it.
Making of newspaper baskets has its own benefits- not only do you get to let your creative juices flow, you also get to recycle old newspapers while making something genuinely useful or even decorative for your home. It’s a win-win situation for all! When done right, it can turn out to be a rather productive and recreational activity to indulge in.
Published on April 23rd 2017 by Ursula Geller