True to my personality, I have been distracted and I just couldn’t help but want to try a recycled newspaper project that I pinned on my DIY/Crafts Pinterest Board a while ago.
Above is the finished project from the tutorial I pinned it from, my attempt to create something similar needs a bit more work however, I was happy with how my first attempt turned out.
The great thing about this project is that it uses the resources that most people have in their home and doesn’t need to cost much at all.
Supplies; Newspapers, glue stick, kebab stick, scissors, clothes pegs and paint (optional)
First of all you need to cut up strips of newspaper, approximately 7cm wide, the amount you need will depend on the size of the basket you wish to weave.
I used a kebab stick to help with rolling the paper up to get it as tight as possible and making sure one end was larger to make it easier to join the pieces together when you weave. I used the glue stick to glue the paper down once it was rolled.
The tutorial I used was visual with very few instructions so I just made it how I saw it, so some people may do it differently to my technique.
To start with I rolled 14 pieces and joined them by slotting one end into the other using glue stick to make sure they were joined securely. I then laid 3 vertically and 4 horizontally, using half of the fourth one to weave over three and then under three a few times to get a more flat base.
After getting the right size base, I then continue weaving in and out as you can see in the pictures.
I used the clothes pegs to keep it all in place and make it as tight as possible.
The final part of the weaving was cutting the vertical pieces about an inch above the final weave and then tucking them into the weave in the direction that they are facing, if that makes sense (see photo below for better understanding). I used the glue stick to make it more secure and then I put clothes pegs on each one and left it overnight to ensure it was secure.
The final part of the project was to paint the basket. There is two ways of doing this, you can paint each piece of newspaper before you start or you could do what I did, and spray paint it all at the end.
I am happy with how my first attempt turned out and like anything that you first try, you learn from it and if I was to do this project again, I would think about the shape I want my basket to be and perhaps make a tighter weave. All in all, it was a fun project to do whilst watching Wimbledon and Glastonbury!
Do you have a favourite recycling or upcycling project, I would love to hear about it, I am keen to recycle/upcycle as much as possible and I am inspired by the creativity that some people achieve when they recycle or upcycle. Please link in the comments, I am keen to be inspired!