Paper Basket | Make newspaper baskets by weaving strips

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Paper basket | Make newspaper baskets by weaving strips. Our guest blogger shares a tutorial to make paper basket using newspapers today. A great project to make usable paper baskets out of recyclable newspapers, magazines, or paper.


This project is great for a variety of activities:
  • weekend project for adults to relax
  • weaving skills practice for kids
  • recycling newspaper
  • organizing small supplies


Paper basket | Make newspaper baskets by weaving strips




Make newspaper basket


I would like to share how to make a paper basket out of old newspaper with you today.




Material needed to make paper basket


  • Old newspaper (finally a purpose for free junk mail)
  • Bobby pins, clothespins, paper clips or whatever you find to keep the paper together
  • Staples
  • Strings or thread
  • Scissors (even better if you have rotary cutter and cutting mat)


Instructions to make paper basket

  • Use old newspaper.
  • Cut into 20 strips. I cut them into 2-newspaper-column-wide strips (about 1 3/4″ or 7.5 cm). It depends on the size of the weave pattern. You can keep the length of the newspaper as it is and trim it later on.
  • 20 newspaper strips.
  • Fold each strip in half lengthwise and fold into quarter and then into eights. Make sure to crease tightly, so you have some sturdy and crisp strips.
  • 20 folded newspaper strips waiting to be weaved.
  • Start by weaving 10 strips in each direction.
  • So that you will get a 10×10 square base.
  • Thread around the edges ( or twine string, I only had packing string handy which was too stiff) to help mark the base and keep the base in shape a little better. Weave the thread just like the newspaper, one over and one under.
  • Showing square weaved string base.
  • Now off to the difficult part. You take one of the four sides of the pattern of 10 strips and divide them in half. Beginning with the center, cross them and weave out to the edge. Don’t worry if the weave pattern is not very tight yet. You can tighten it later on by gently pulling on the strips.
  • Repeat with the other three sides. Join the four sides by weaving them together.
  • Secure the weaved strips with pins.
  • Fold the strips inwards and interweave them once.
  • It will look a little messy but you will cut the access strips off later.
  • Staple the inter-weaved strips at the top.
  • Cut the access strips off.
  • The finished look of the newspaper basket with staples.

Finished Paper Basket


Paper basket with staples



Paper basket without staples


I ended up not liking the staples in my basket and took them out again. The other way to finish of the edge is weaving the loose ends into the sides of the basket. Come follow me on instagram if you like my simple projects.


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  2. Lolli says:

    My son in particular would LOVE making this basket. He loves making things with paper. Thanks! (visiting form the UBP)

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  6. Tejashree says:

    it really nice! thanks for sharing with us.

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  11. Farah Muzaffar says:

    Hi Hani … very cute project and it looks so beautiful… very lovely

  12. You're very talented, I like your arts and crafts. Thanks for the various ideas and info.

  13. Anonymous says:

    This basket is no doubt very cool craft but did any one try to make it….I just kept it away halfway as when trying to make side walls or give it a basket shape I find instuctions are not very good, I'm kind of stuck…..kept the project away will try to figure it out later…

  14. The Wooly Bully says:

    i agree with the last statement – the insructions weren't that clear…..but once i got going it was very fun and addicting! i can't wait to make more! in different sizes! thank you!

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