Unique Easter baskets made from old newspapers
Every home has its fair share of old newspapers and magazines that end up in the waste paper basket, sometimes unread. Instead you can recycle paper in creative ways, for example by making little baskets. Besides serving a practical purpose, they can also be used as a decoration, especially at Easter time. Together with your children, grab a couple of newspapers and give your waste paper a new lease of life!
You will need:
– old newspapers, magazines or advertising brochures
– long, wooden skewers or thin knitting needles
– ÖNSKEDRÖM coaster, cardboard or beer mat
– decorative straw, Easter eggs, etc.
How it’s done:
Divide the sheets of newspaper into four strips. Then roll the strips up using the wooden skewer or knitting needle at as sharp an angle as possible, beginning at one corner of the paper. After rolling it up, stick the other corner down to stop the tube from coming undone. Do the same for every sheet of newspaper until you have around 30 tubes, which you can later use to weave your basket.
For the base, ideally use two ÖNSKEDRÖM coasters, two beer mats or two circles of the same size cut out of cardboard.
Cut seven tubes in half to make struts to weave around. Stick 13 (or any other uneven number) tubes at regular intervals around one of the cardboard circles and stick the other circle firmly on top. Press the whole thing down with a weight and wait for the glue to dry. Now you can bend the struts upwards.
Now you can start to weave. To do this, take one tube and stick it to the strut where you want to start weaving. As soon as it is fixed in place, pass it in front and behind each strut alternately around the circle.
When you are finished with one tube, weave another one above it. Keep weaving until the basket reaches your chosen height.
Finally, trim the struts down far enough to be able to fold them over and disguise them inside the weave.
The baskets aren’t just great at Easter, of course. They can also be used as unique containers for all kinds of small objects and they go down very well as gifts, too!