How To Make An Easy Recycled Magazine Basket

by Sarah - Craft Invaders
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There are a few different ways you can make a recycled magazine basket out of old magazines. This basket weave design is probably the simplest and quickest, and I love the checked pattern which it creates.

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!

 

There are a few different ways you can make recycled magazine baskets out of old magazines. This basket weave design is probably the simplest and quickest.

 

There are lots of ways to recycle old magazines. As well as weaving recycled magazine baskets, we use them to decoupage eggs for Easter and to make fabulous recycled gift bows.

 

Our colourful, recycled gift bows are one small way to cut the cost of packaging this Christmas. Made from junk mail and old magazines they are super simple to make but look just as fabulous as anything you might buy in the shops.

 

 

How to Make a Recycled Magazine Basket

Start by cutting strips from colourful magazine pages. 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..

Fold it in half to make a crease then unfold 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.

 

Then fold each side to the crease, before folding the whole strip in half along the original crease. You should end up with strips just over 1cm in width, made up of 4 layers.

Doing it this way means that even 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 tend to open up so we run a little glue along the inside of each one, to hold them firm. Leave 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 use a piece of card as a guide to show us where to start the weave remembering to leave some length for the sides. Using a clipboard to hold all the strips firmly makes the weaving much easier.

 

recycled magazine baskets - glueing the base

 

Weave the strips over and then under as shown in the photos. Using a few dabs of glue as you go along will 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 has dried, remove it from the clipboard, and bend 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.

 

Continue to weave the sides. This time we use little pieces of double sided sticky tape to hold everything in place (not on them all, just the odd one). 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 you get to the top, bend the outer ends in, and secure them with glue.

 

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.

 

There are a few different ways you can make recycled magazine baskets out of old magazines. This basket weave design is probably the simplest and quickest.

 

And here is how our recycled  basket looks from the underneath.

 

There are a few different ways you can make recycled magazine baskets out of old magazines. This basket weave design is probably the simplest and quickest.

 

You could easily fill these baskets with home-made goodies, and use them as gifts.

 

There are a few different ways you can make recycled magazine baskets out of old magazines. This basket weave design is probably the simplest and quickest.

 

If you have enjoyed this recycling tutorial, why not check out some of our other quirky recycled and upcycling ideas. You can find a list of our favourites below.

 

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In this simple tutorial, we show you how to reuse old curtain rings to make cool candlesticks.

 

 

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We test out making home-made firelighters from recycled materials – and they are fabulous! We will never need to purchase fire starters again.

 

Pin-Tested! Homemade Firelighters | Craft Invaders We tested out making homemade firelighters from recycled materials - and they are fabulous! We will never buy fire starters again. We even did a burn test video so you can see how long they burn for and how smoothly! Really easy and cheap to make - its the kids new job!

 

How To Make Super Easy Kokedama Moss Balls

Kokedama is the Japanese art of growing plants in moss balls. See how to create a low maintenance version from tennis balls and sheet moss.

 

Kokedama is the Japanese art of growing plants in moss balls. Here, we show you how to create a secure, low maintenance version from old tennis balls and sheet moss. All the beauty of Kokedama moss balls without the mess and constant watering. #Kokedama #StringGarden #MossBalls #MossGarden #KokedamaBalls

 

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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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Lindsay At Newcastle Family Life April 14, 2016 - 10:31 pm

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 17, 2016 - 11:16 pm

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

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Elizabeth April 14, 2016 - 6:27 am

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 14, 2016 - 9:20 pm

That sounds fab Elizabeth, I’m going to remember that idea 🙂

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Ana De- Jesus April 13, 2016 - 11:14 pm

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 14, 2016 - 9:20 pm

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

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Oliver April 13, 2016 - 9:27 pm

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

Oliver • http://suedeandsymphony.com

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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 14, 2016 - 9:19 pm

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!

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Kerry Norris April 13, 2016 - 9:15 pm

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 14, 2016 - 9:16 pm

Thanks Kerry, it’s a great way to use a couple up 🙂

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Rhian Westbury April 13, 2016 - 8:50 pm

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 14, 2016 - 9:15 pm

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 🙂

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Laura - dear bear and beany April 13, 2016 - 6:01 pm

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 14, 2016 - 9:14 pm

Thanks Laura, its really simple to do and great fun x

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Michaela Britton April 13, 2016 - 1:07 pm

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!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 14, 2016 - 9:10 pm

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 🙂

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Dean of Little Steps April 13, 2016 - 10:25 am

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 14, 2016 - 9:08 pm

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 🙂

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Sophie April 13, 2016 - 9:47 am

What a fantastic project! I can imagine my little girl would want to join in and make a little basket herself 🙂 Thanks for sharing
#bloggerclubuk
Sophie x

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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 14, 2016 - 9:07 pm

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

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Lauren (The Helpful Hiker) April 11, 2016 - 6:49 am

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!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 12, 2016 - 12:48 pm

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 🙂

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Ilka April 11, 2016 - 12:51 am

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 12, 2016 - 12:48 pm

Thanks Ilka, they are really fun to make 🙂

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Fiona Cambouropoulos April 10, 2016 - 11:00 pm

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 12, 2016 - 12:50 pm

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!

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Annette, 3 Little Buttons April 10, 2016 - 4:53 pm

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 12, 2016 - 12:53 pm

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 🙂

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Mary-the boondocks blog April 9, 2016 - 2:37 pm

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 10, 2016 - 9:33 am

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

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