How To Make An Easy Recycled Magazine Basket

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

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.

 

How To Make An Easy Recycled Magazine Basket

We started by cutting strips from our magazines. We chose glossy ones as they had thicker pages than some of the others resulting in a sturdier basket.  Our strips were about 5cms in width. Each strip will be folded 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.

 

For each strip we..

Folded it in half to make a crease then unfolded it again.

 

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 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.

 

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

How to Weave a Recycled Magazine Basket

 

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 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

 

recycled magazine baskets - glueing the base

 

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.

 

Once the base had dried, we removed it from the clipboard, and bent the remaining strips up to form the sides.

 

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 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.

 

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.

 

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 recycled magazine 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 recycled magazine 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 our Pretty Pocket Purses made out of pockets from an old pair of jeans, or our upcycled soap post.

 

 

 

 

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40 comments

Nikki July 21, 2016 - 1:31 pm

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 28, 2016 - 2:40 pm

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 🙂

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Maria May 22, 2016 - 11:44 am

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!!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders May 24, 2016 - 2:18 pm

Thanks Maria – let me know if you try it 🙂

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Hayley F April 22, 2016 - 7:00 pm

Love this. Thanks for sharing x

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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 23, 2016 - 2:24 pm

It’s such a fun, easy craft that anyone can do 🙂

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Mudpie Fridays April 19, 2016 - 4:19 pm

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 22, 2016 - 11:34 am

They’d look lovely in a nursery 🙂 Thanks for having us x

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Jenny - Monkey and Mouse April 15, 2016 - 10:04 pm

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 17, 2016 - 11:14 pm

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

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