Saturday, September 11, 2010

Recycling The News

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. 


Keep folding.

Fold some more until you realize how many of these you will have to fold and re-think the whole idea.

Start weaving!!!!! 
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. 
BUT!!! Remember.
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. 

Lovely Links:

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AliLilly said...

are you serious!! that looks awesome! I forced my hubs to look at this too! :)

Kelli said...

That is so clever! It turned out really cute and you would never guess it's made out of newspaper until you look inside. I love it.

Melissa said...

I've been making these for oh, so long and never get to it. Kudos to you for just doing. I really think they turned out great, especially the second one.

Country Dreaming said...

They look super!
The second one looks great with a plant in it.


melissa said...

Very cool, and clever! I would try this but I do not need an extra project right now:)

Coleen's Corner said...

A+++! The possibilities are endless here - wow! Great idea, thanks for sharing. Found you through Saturday Night Special : ) Yours turned out very, very nice!

lisaroyhandbags said...

I think it turned out so cute! And I think even making one but leaving it as newspaper on the outside would be kind of fun, especially if you used the comics! :)

Robin said...

That is downright adorable! I love it and totally think I may be gathering up some newspapers!

Life in Rehab said...

OMG, now I know what to do with all those newspapers we have! This is genius and very, very cool.

Debbie said...

Now that is what I call recycling for sure. How cute and clever that is. I would have never thought of that. COOL!~

Jami said...

If I saw that in your house, I would NEVER know it was made from newspapers unless you told me...which you probably would, because how could you keep that great idea a secret?!?!

Life in Rehab said...

Hi Brandy,

Pop over to Rehab when you get a chance; I just gave you an award!

Suzanne said...

OMG! I just read a few of your posts, and I love all your stuff!
Love the baskets, but I would never ever eeeevveer have the patience for that. Very cool, though!

Amanda said...

I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :)

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jojo said...

genial tu es doueemerci bises jojo

Jenny said...

This is such a great idea! I have a TON of newspapers that I've been "meaning" to bring to get recyled, but never have. Now I have a useful project to use them for! Thanks so much!! I featured you on my blog as well!!

Designs by Jenean said...

Thx for the tutorial. It turned out great. Enjoyed reading this. You have a great sense of humor.

michelle dean said...

How cute!!!!!! This is brilliant... seriously. I want to try it! Thank you for being my 100th follower at polka dots and pizza! I am now following you!

MyKidsMake said...

Thanks for the great idea! I have had this post bookmarked for a while and just made a basket with my son using our pile of used Christmas wrapping paper.