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This simple newspaper basket project costs almost nothing and can function as storage or decor in your home. Learn how to get started now!

How to Make a Newspaper Basket

If you still get a newspaper every week, you know that newspapers have a way of piling up everywhere. Sure, they’re easy to recycle, but why not try to make something a bit more functional? Learn how to make a charming basket for storage or decoration in any size you want. The best part? This project is entirely made from newspaper, cardboard, and glue.

Let’s get started.

For this project you will need:

  • newspaper
  • thin cardboard (I used a freezer pizza box!)
  • a box cutter or paper-cutter
  • a stick or wire
  • glue
  • a circular object for tracing
  • a pencil and scissors
  • clothes pins

Once you have gathered your supplies, it’s time to get going!

Step 1: Create Newspaper Rolls

First, fold your newspaper in half and trim along the edge using your box cutter.  Repeat this process again so you have four strips of newspaper out of each full-width piece of newspaper.

Then, taking your stick or wire (we used a wooden skewer for grilling), start at one corner of your newspaper strip and begin to tightly roll the paper around the stick.  Continue rolling until your paper is completely wrapped around the stick.

Glue the edge to secure the paper together and then carefully remove your stick.  Repeat this process until you have enough newspaper rolls for the size of your basket. This particular sized basket used about 45 rolls.

Step 2: Cut Out Circular Cardboard

Collect your cardboard, circular object (cereal bowls work great), and pencil. Trace a circle onto the cardboard.  Cut out the circle with scissors.  Cut two circles in total.

Step 3: Create a Pinwheel and Start Weaving

The cardboard circles will be the base of your basket and will house the beginning of the newspaper rolls for your weave design. Using glue, adhere the newspaper rolls in a pinwheel fashion.

Then, fold up the sides of the newspaper rolls and begin weaving your newspaper rolls in and out in between each slot.  The clothes pins will come in handy to hold everything into place.

Since one end of the newspaper roll is smaller than the other, you can make one continuous strand by inserting them into one another and securing with more glue.

Once you have finished weaving your basket, let it dry completely.  If you choose, you can also opt to spray paint the finished product.

Ta da! You have a new basket for storage or decor made entirely out of materials just lying around the house.


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About the Author

Jackie Hausler

Jackie Hausler seeks to inspire creativity in the name of reclaiming, reusing and upcycling. With each project, she walks followers through do-it-yourself projects, shows how to give old items a new chance at life, and teaches ways to be eco-friendly and live a green lifestyle. She believes making your house a home doesn't have to be expensive to be beautiful and is passionate about accomplishing that while being kind to our earth. Jackie is the founder of the home and lifestyle blog Haus2Home.

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