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Recycled Magazine Basket

I recently got given a huge pile of old magazines, which when added to the stack I already had at home, made me realise that we really needed to come up with some crafty ideas to use them up! Some we used in our Easter Egg Decoupage, this time we decided to make something a little more substantial. There are a few different ways you can make baskets out of recycled magazines, this basket weave design is probably the simplest and quickest, and I love the checkered pattern which it creates.

 

There are a few different ways you can make baskets out of recycled magazines, this basket weave design is probably the simplest and quickest, and I love the checkered pattern which it creates.

 

We started by cutting strips from our magazines. We chose to use a couple of the glossier ones, which had thicker pages than some of the others, for our project, thinking it would make a sturdier basket when it was finished. Our strips were about 5cms in width - you are going to fold them twice, so your weave will end up a quarter of whatever you start with.

reThere are a few different ways you can make baskets out of recycled magazines, this basket weave design is probably the simplest and quickest, and I love the checkered pattern which it creates.

There are a few different ways you can make baskets out of recycled magazines, this basket weave design is probably the simplest and quickest, and I love the checkered pattern which it creates.

There are a few different ways you can make baskets out of recycled magazines, this basket weave design is probably the simplest and quickest, and I love the checkered pattern which it creates.

For each strip we..

Folded it in half to make a crease then unfolded it again. We then folded each side to the crease, and then folded the whole strip in half along the original crease, resulting in strips just over 1cm in width, made up of 4 layers. Doing it this way means that if your edges are uneven when you started, they will not show as they are now tucked inside.

There are a few different ways you can make baskets out of recycled magazines, this basket weave design is probably the simplest and quickest, and I love the checkered pattern which it creates.

There are a few different ways you can make baskets out of recycled magazines, this basket weave design is probably the simplest and quickest, and I love the checkered pattern which it creates.

There are a few different ways you can make baskets out of recycled magazines, this basket weave design is probably the simplest and quickest, and I love the checkered pattern which it creates.

Despite making really sharp creases (you can see us using a knife to do this above), our strips still tried to open up (see 2nd photo above), so we decided to run a little glue along the inside of each one, to hold them firm, and left them to dry.

There are a few different ways you can make baskets out of recycled magazines, this basket weave design is probably the simplest and quickest, and I love the checkered pattern which it creates.

There are a few different ways you can make baskets out of recycled magazines, this basket weave design is probably the simplest and quickest, and I love the checkered pattern which it creates.

recycled magazine baskets - glueing the base

You can then start weaving. We used a piece of card as a guide to show us were to start the weave as you need to leave some length for the sides, and used a clipboard to hold all our strips firmly while we got started. We also used a few dabs of glue as we went along to hold everything in place.

There are a few different ways you can make baskets out of recycled magazines, this basket weave design is probably the simplest and quickest, and I love the checkered pattern which it creates.

There are a few different ways you can make baskets out of recycled magazines, this basket weave design is probably the simplest and quickest, and I love the checkered pattern which it creates.

There are a few different ways you can make baskets out of recycled magazines, this basket weave design is probably the simplest and quickest, and I love the checkered pattern which it creates.

Once the base had dried, we removed it from the clipboard, and bent the remaining strips up to form the sides. We then continued to weave the sides. This time we used little pieces of double sided sticky tape to hold everything in place (not on them all, just the odd one). I would say that this isn't essential, but it does make it easier - particularly for a child. When we got to the top, we bent the outer ends in, and secured and cut the inner ends off, to finish. As you can see from the photo, the sides of our basket is 3 strips high. If we had made it an even number of strips we would have been able to finish off by tucking our ends into the weave, which would have resulted in a neater finish - so that's what we will do next time!

There are a few different ways you can make baskets out of recycled magazines, this basket weave design is probably the simplest and quickest, and I love the checkered pattern which it creates.

 

Our resulting basket is really cute, and it's lovely to finally use up something that normally would end up in the recycling. You could fill these baskets with home-made goodies, and use them as gifts. If you enjoyed this recycled craft idea, why not check out out our Pretty Pocket Purses made out of pockets from an old pair of jeans, or our upcycled soap post.

There are a few different ways you can make baskets out of recycled magazines, this basket weave design is probably the simplest and quickest, and I love the checkered pattern which it creates.

 

 

 

 

There are a few different ways you can make baskets out of recycled magazines, this basket weave design is probably the simplest and quickest, and I love the checkered pattern which it creates.

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40 Comments

  • Reply Nikki

    wow that is such a cool idea! I would never have thought to do that! 🙂

    July 21, 2016 at 1:31 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      They are great fun to make, Nikki and there’s lots of different methods you can use depending on the effect you want – we are going to try a similar thing with natural materials next I think 🙂

      July 28, 2016 at 2:40 pm
  • Reply Maria

    Wow that’s really clever!! I love that idea, at the moment I’m using an old toy box for my magazine do still recycled but not very pretty!!

    May 22, 2016 at 11:44 am
  • Reply Hayley F

    Love this. Thanks for sharing x

    April 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm
  • Reply Mudpie Fridays

    This is such a great idea, I have so many old magazines which I could do this with and they would look so cute lined up in the baby’s nursery plus they are so easy to replace. Thank you for sharing and for joining us at #BloggerClubUK, hope to see you again this week x

    April 19, 2016 at 4:19 pm
  • Reply Jenny - Monkey and Mouse

    Love this! I remember doing similar when I was younger, can’t wait until my two are big enough to try things like this with me. I really want to try making some reed baskets too, a similar principal I think. Thanks so much for linking up to #HowtoSunday
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    April 15, 2016 at 10:04 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Reed baskets would be fab, want to try some willow weaving this year as well 🙂

      April 17, 2016 at 11:14 pm
  • Reply Lindsay At Newcastle Family Life

    What a clever and useful idea, I never would have thought about making something like this and we always have tons of old magazines lying around the house xx
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    April 14, 2016 at 10:31 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s a really easy and fun craft, Lindsay – and its nice to use something up 🙂

      April 17, 2016 at 11:16 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth

    I’ve made something similar in the past out of old newspapers, and then papier mache’d over the top and painted them into Easter baskets for the kids. So much can be made from recycled paper! 🙂
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    April 14, 2016 at 6:27 am
  • Reply Ana De- Jesus

    Now that is what you call a trashtastic ( you see what I did there!) basket I love this idea. So neat.
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    April 13, 2016 at 11:14 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Ha! We need to make you a giant screen to use as a backdrop Ana – That’d be awesome in your wonderful photos 🙂

      April 14, 2016 at 9:20 pm
  • Reply Oliver

    We used to make those!!! We also made little ones as rubbish ‘bin’

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    April 13, 2016 at 9:27 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Aren’t they fun to make? We’re thinking about how we could do a similar thing with plant fibres, but haven’t worked out what natural fibres would work yet. Actually think I just have, so thanks Oliver!

      April 14, 2016 at 9:19 pm
  • Reply Kerry Norris

    Now this is a clever idea. It’s fab. Id have never thought to do something like this with magazines x

    April 13, 2016 at 9:15 pm
  • Reply Rhian Westbury

    This looks amazing, I wish I was as crafty as this. I’ve seen a mirror made like this and it looked awesome x

    April 13, 2016 at 8:50 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s really easy Rhian, you’d definitely be able to do it. A mirror sounds lovely, we still have loads of magazines so may well try some other designs 🙂

      April 14, 2016 at 9:15 pm
  • Reply Laura - dear bear and beany

    Looks great, something I would never thing to do. X

    April 13, 2016 at 6:01 pm
  • Reply Michaela Britton

    What a great idea. My kids love decoupage and I never thought of using old magazine. Bet it would look nice with old black and white newspapers too!

    April 13, 2016 at 1:07 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Black and white would be great. You’ve just reminded me that I bought an old book of sheet music from the charity shop a few months ago that I need to come up with a project for too – might use that for decoupage 🙂

      April 14, 2016 at 9:10 pm
  • Reply Dean of Little Steps

    That’s a lovely project to make, especially since I have loads of back issues of Ideal Homes, although I’m not sure I’d want to cut them into strips? Maybe I can use my husband’s old issues instead? Just kidding 😉 Maybe not 😉
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    April 13, 2016 at 10:25 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Haha, I have eyed up my hubbies magazines more than once for various projects – pretty sure mine would never notice as long as the kids didn’t tell him 🙂

      April 14, 2016 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply Sophie

    What a fantastic project! I can imagine my little girl would want to join in and make a little basket herself 🙂 Thanks for sharing
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    April 13, 2016 at 9:47 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Sophie, it’s the perfect craft for kids and there must be loads of other things you could make other than baskets x

      April 14, 2016 at 9:07 pm
  • Reply Lauren (The Helpful Hiker)

    Great idea! I always have hundreds of magazines lying around, a few baskets would be cool and also help out a little with our chronic lack of storage in this house. Pretty and useful-win win!

    April 11, 2016 at 6:49 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Lauren, have visions of lots of hand crafted boxes appearing in your home now – you’ll have to show us if you make some 🙂

      April 12, 2016 at 12:48 pm
  • Reply Ilka

    This is such an awesome DIY idea! Pinning and Making it! I love this!:)

    April 11, 2016 at 12:51 am
  • Reply Fiona Cambouropoulos

    Such a lovely use of magazines. I have a stack here too about to be thrown out, I might just hold back. I remember weaving them into outdoor seats in guides and used the principle to make advent calendars a couple of years ago. Now you have me thinking again. A lovely step by step guide, I wonder if the children here might manage this one in activity hour? I might just give it a go. Thank you so much for sharing another great upcycled idea on #Trash2Treasure.
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    April 10, 2016 at 11:00 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I think the children would love making them, and you could always do some prep in advance, or even make the base out of cardboard and have them just weave the – look forward to seeing them on trash 2 Treasure soon!

      April 12, 2016 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply Annette, 3 Little Buttons

    Clever idea, I would never have thought of doing something like this. What type of goodies would you use to fill these? #HowToSunday
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    April 10, 2016 at 4:53 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I’d probably put bath goodies, or home-made sweets and preserves in ours. We try to make most of our presents now, so have quite a repertoire 🙂

      April 12, 2016 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply Mary-the boondocks blog

    Sarah I love all the pretty colors on this basket. It is so cute and it’s repurposed which you know I love!!
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    April 9, 2016 at 2:37 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I do know you love to repurpose Mary – I’m a huge fan of your projects 🙂 This was a fun project, we’re planning to try out a coiled method next x

      April 10, 2016 at 9:33 am

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