How to make a woven paper basket with a folded magazine

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How to make a woven paper basket with a folded magazine
Recycle old magazines into woven baskets. (different magazines studio isolated on white image by dinostock from

Eco-conscious, magazine-loving crafters now have an alternative to purchasing sturdy storage containers. Instead of recycling your magazines, turn those colourful, glossy pages into baskets for your craft supplies. You can also add some zing to your kitchen spice cabinet or place a few baskets in the foyer for little items like keys and change. The possibilities are endless, much like some magazine subscriptions.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Staple remover
  • Paper guillotine (optional)
  • Ruler
  • Chalk pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue dots

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  1. 1

    Open your magazine to the centre pages and pinch the staples out of the spine with a staple remover. If your magazine doesn't have a stapled spine, tear out the pages or cut off the spine with a paper guillotine.

  2. 2

    Measure and mark each of your pages with a chalk pencil and ruler. Divide each page lengthwise into two-and-a-half-inch sections. Cut each page along your chalk marks into strips.

  3. 3

    Fold each paper strip in half, creasing sharply. Unfold the strip and fold the outer, vertical edges into the centre. Fold along the centre crease again. This should give you skinny, sturdy strips. Pay attention to which side faces out; try to keep colours as uniform as possible.

  4. 4

    Place two strips parallel to each other. Weave a third strip horizontally through the parallel strips. Weave over the first and under the second. Weave in a second horizontal strip, this time weaving under the first and over the second.

  5. 5

    Weave two more vertical strips into the horizontal strips, placing one strip on either side of the centre vertical strips. Repeat with two more horizontal strips. Continue this way until you've woven a square about 6 inches on each side. You should see a lot of unwoven strip ends sticking out of your square.

  6. 6

    Bend the unwoven strip ends up at a 90-degree angle. Starting at one corner, weave a magazine strip horizontally in and out of the upright magazine strips. When you reach the end of your horizontal strip, secure it with a sticky glue dot, available at craft stores. Repeat until you reach the last half-inch of the upright magazine strips.

  7. 7

    Fold the ends of the upright magazine strips down to the inside of the basket. Secure each of them with a glue dot.

Tips and warnings

  • Replace magazine pages with newspapers, wrapping paper or even large, glossy book pages.
  • Weave several different media together, like fabric strips and ribbons in addition to paper.
  • Spray the baskets with spray lacquer for super-sturdy containers.

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