I always like to incorporate recycled materials into the craft projects I do, and one of the most abundant materials that seem to build up around my house is newspaper. While looking online for newspaper crafts, I found a great blog post on how to make a basket. Being so close to Easter I thought the timing for this paper crafts project is perfect, so I decided to put my own little spin on it and make a mini easter basket without using any tape, staples or glue.
Parts for your newspaper basket
I made a couple of newspaper baskets to get measurements and refine my design. I found the easiest way to do this is split each newspaper page in half horizontally at the fold and then again the same way to make 4 long rectangles out of one page. I used the comics section because it makes the basket more colorful.
Fold up the rectangles into 1 inch strips. These don’t need to be perfect but try to get them as close as you can. The newspaper basket we will be making is a 5x5x4 plus 2 extra for the handle to make 16 total. You will need 4 squares to build the newspaper basket vertically, so feed the ends together about an inch and fold in half at the seam. Line the folds up and fold it in half again, this should give you a square that wont slip while your folding the basket together. Each side should be about 5 inches long and they don’t need to be perfect.
How to make a basket with newspaper strips.
Now you should have 12 strips and 4 squares. And we are finally ready to put it together! Lay out 5 strips vertically and weave in 5 strips horizontally as shown below. Tighten the weave together so all the sides are even. Now fold each side in, this creates the base of the basket and makes building the sides of the basket a lot easier to manage.
Once the sides are even and folded in, it’s time to build up the sides. Go around each side and lift all the corresponding strips that apply to each square. Weave in all 4 squares and trim the top so there is about 2 inches of remaining strip to work with. After you have gone around the entire basket and tightened up all the strips, fold the remaining part back into itself. As shown below.
For the handle I wrapped a strip diagonally around another strip for strength and attached it to the newspaper basket. Then I shredded a couple extra pages I had to make the filler. With a little bow and some candy filled eggs, these will make cool little easter baskets for my 2 grandsons!