At least twice a day I promise myself I will no longer watch or read the news, it's just too upsetting. I stopped buying the paper.... But my local dollar store recycles it and gladly gave me a bundle.
So I have combined my love for baskets with my need to forget what I just read, LOL.
I saw this tutorial on weaving a basket from newspaper, quickly realized I had everything I needed and jumped in with both feet. I wrote down the website and now the link seems to be no good???? Hmm, if anyone knows I will be happy to link back.
ME: I'm gonna make a basket out of old newspapers!!! :-)
Cue sidelong glance from The Hubs and a skepticism filled "you're gonna do what..???" Yes Dear Hubs I intended to embark on another project that would involved melting off my fingerprints, or you know, using the glue gun.
Get a stack of old newspaper re-read some of the headlines that made you ill the first time, stop for a cup of coffee.
Take one sheet and fold in half, keep folding in half until you get it to the size you want your basket strips to be.
Fold some more until you realize how many of these you will have to fold and re-think the whole idea.
After some trial and error I found it helpful to put a little dab of hot glue on each overlapping part. It made it easier to keep everything in place. And it made the end product a little sturdier.
Keep weaving each piece until the base is the approximate size you want and then bend the strips upward and keep weaving to make the sides. I just eyeballed the first one and didn't use the glue gun much. I think it just doesn't look quite as sturdy as I would like.
When you get it to the height you want just cut the strips at the top.
I Mod Podged it inside and out hoping to make it sturdier, works like a charm.
Then I spray painted the outside and put a ribbon on top to make it look finished. I did end up going back and spray painting the inside after looking at it for a few days.
It's a little lopsided, and not the grand masterpiece I had in mind..... But not bad for a first try.
The Hubs conceded that he was skeptical, but it did "appear to work..."
Hmmm... what's that mean??
I put this one in my car to store my books on CD and it works perfectly.
Then I made a second attempted, folding the strips just a bit smaller. I used a planter as a sort of template. The bottom is still square but I started rounding it as I weaved the sides. I used the glue gun on every strip of this one.
I think using the hot glue on each overlap made it tighter too.
When you get to the height you want cut off the rest.
Look at all that spray paint back there, am I obsessed or what?!?
Mod Podge inside and out. When I run out of Mod Podge I will be trying the nifty suggestion from
I used spray paint inside and out. You could probably use about any kind of paint. But since you all know my history with waiting (not so great) I used spray paint.
Add a little ribbon to the top to finish it off. I used hot glue on the ribbon, leaving behind what was left of my fingertips. This ribbon was thin so it looks more wrinkled than the first basket, which had a better quality thicker ribbon.
I'm Stashbusting this September so I'm using what I have.
Not too bad, I kind of like it. Baskets can get pricey and this was cheap guys. I didn't even have to buy the newspaper.
And I think the plant in my dining room looks cute and the ribbon is a close enough match to the wall color.