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Cheap Easy Crafts for Kids: Paper Basket From Old Newspaper

Updated on June 6, 2012
Weaver, Nürnberg, c. 1425
Weaver, Nürnberg, c. 1425 | Source


Teach your kids or students how to weave by creating a waste basket out of old newspaper. Weaving is a craft that is normally associated with plant fibers, such as palm fronds, but any strong bendable material will work. Recycle your old newspaper and create a personal paper basket with this crafty technique.


Try different weaving techniques instead of one under - one over. The twill weave, used in denim, consist of one under and two over.
Try different weaving techniques instead of one under - one over. The twill weave, used in denim, consist of one under and two over. | Source

Gather Your Stuff

  • Old newspapers
  • Safety scissors
  • Glue
  • Gesso
  • Paint
  • A paintbrush
  • A spray finisher
  • Bounty paper towels

Instructions

  1. Cut the newspaper into about 200 4" x 22" strips.
  2. Have the kids tightly roll each strip of paper and then press down to flatten.
  3. Weave the bottom of the basket by laying down two rolled newspaper strips on a flat surface. Take two more rolled newspapers and weave them by placing them on top, tucking one underneath one of the bottom rolls, and tucking the other underneath the other bottom roll.
  4. Repeat the process until you have the size you want for the basket's bottom.
  5. Make the bottom snug by pushing the newspaper rolls close together so there are not any gaps.
  6. Bend the ends of the rolls up 90 degrees and interweave the newspaper rolls as you did with the bottom. This time you will be building the strips up to make the sides.
  7. Create the top by folding over a long strip of rolled newspaper so it is doubled and then glue down along the rim of the basket.
  8. Paint the basket with a layer of gesso to cover the newspaper print. Let it dry.
  9. Add some color by painting the basket as desired. Paint it one solid color or create geometric designs by painting the rolled sections different colors. Let the paint dry.
  10. In a well-ventilated area, spray the paper basket with a protective finish. Let it dry.


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      Claire 5 years ago from Surrey, Uk

      Thank you. I think my daughter would enjoy having a go at this :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      This is a great way to keep kids busy on a rainy day--or any day. You have simplified it for all to understand. Thanks or the great idea.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Great sounding project! If you have made this, you might want to consider taking some photos and adding it to this tutorial on how to make a paper basket from newspaper. Or at least add the photo of the finished project. I like the idea of recycling things and re-purposing items. Up and interesting votes. :)

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      dragonflyfla 4 years ago from South Florida

      mmm....I will have to create another one for pics. This is a project I have done with my art students awhile back. Thanks for the idea!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You are welcome. So...you are an art teacher! Have your camera at the ready when you do projects like this as well as others. You will soon have many unique photos to illustrate your hubs. :)

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      dragonflyfla 4 years ago from South Florida

      was an art teacher....

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Super project to do with kids--thanks. Photos would indeed add to the hub. You could draw the steps out and take photos of your drawings, they don't have to be the actual project.

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      dragonflyfla 4 years ago from South Florida

      Thank RTalloni. I think I will actually do the project when I get a minute :-)

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      Celeste Wilson 4 years ago

      This sounds like a project for me. I love recycling and we go through so much paper in our house. Thank you for sharing.

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      dragonflyfla 4 years ago from South Florida

      Thanks for stopping by Celeste.

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