Easy-Weave Newsprint Basket

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What you'll need:

  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Transparent tape
  • Paper towel roll
  • Rubber band

How to make it:

  • Cut newspaper into 5-1/4- by 21-1/2-inch strips. Fold each strip lengthwise to about an inch wide. We used 3/4-inch strips for the short basket, 1-1/2-inch strips for the taller ones.
  • To make the basket's base, lay two strips in the shape of a plus sign and tape them together. (Tip: For taller containers, double the length of each base strip by taping two strips together.) Add four crosspieces to form an asterisk, as shown, taping after each.
  • Center the strips on the paper towel roll, then fold them down and use a rubber band to secure them, as shown.
  • Starting at the base of the basket, tuck a folded strip under one paper rib and secure it with tape. Begin weaving around the form, pulling tightly as you go. Tape the end in place. Continue adding strips in this way to achieve the desired height, leaving about 1 1/2 inches unwoven at the top.
  • Remove the rubber band and take the basket off the paper towel roll. Fold the raw edges inside the basket and tape them down.


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