Saturday, May 20, 2017

DIY Recycled Newspaper Tubes Open Weave Bowl

It's always fun making projects out of newspapers .  .  . one of my favorite recycle material!   Almost everyone has some form of newspapers lying around and it's so easy and simple to create something decorative and unique!

Imagine rolling strips of newspaper into tubes and then, using an easy weave technique, make a lovely bowl or basket. How cool is that!  And you know you've probably tossed newspapers in the trash on a daily basis and chances are, once you make something, like I did, as seen here, here, here and here, you may never want to toss your papers again! OMG!

 Materials Needed: 
Skewer Stick
Tacky Glue (Fast Grab)
Paint - Primer

Begin by cutting a newspaper sheet into three strips

Place a skewer stick at a right angle on the corner of paper, as pictured.

Roll the tip over the skewer and continue rolling the paper with hands pressed down on the surface.

Continue rolling until you get close to the end point.  You might have to lift the paper to tighten the tube as you roll.  It takes practice to perfect your rolls.  Add a bit of glue to the tip corner and continue rolling to the end.
Now, turn on some music or tv and make lots of tubes, approximately 30 or more depending on the size of your bowl.

Next, glue together at middle of two tubes, one vertical and the other, horizontal. Clamp, til dry.

Glue two more tubes, on top, at center, criss-crossed and clamp together to dry.

Glue another tube (end) to center of tubes and let dry. This is your weaving tube.

Begin weaving tube under and over tube on right and then under left tube .  .  .

 and over and under left tube.  Continue over the next tube .  .  .
 and under and over each tube. You are actually wrapping each tube with the weaving tube, moving around to the next tube.

 Continue wrapping over, under and over, moving around .  .  .
 until you need to lengthen the weaving tube by adding glue to end of tube and inserting new tube into the short weaving tube end.
 Continue wrapping tube over, under, over each tube, moving around forming bowl.  You will need to use the palm of your hand to flatten down tubes as you wrap so the bowl won't be too narrow.
 Continue wrapping, gluing on additional tubes to weave, forming bowl .  .  . until vertical tubes are too short to wrap.
 Seal weaving tube with glue at a vertical tube and clamp. Then bend each vertical tube over to inside top and seal with glue and clamp til dry.
 Remove clamps and cut off excess tubes.

 See how pretty the bowl pattern is upside down! 

 For a great conversational piece, finish with a clear primer to show off the newspaper print or .  .  .

spray paint the finished bowl with a white primer or color of your choice.

Caution:  this can become very additive! Lol!

Thanks for stopping by
and take a little time to enjoy -
Happy Paper Crafting!


  1. Wow, that is super cool! How'd you even think to create this? Visiting from Happiness Is Homemade party.

  2. That's very cool! I guess it would work with magazine pages too? Love that it makes a pretty basket from something that would be thrown away!

  3. Wow once again you have amazed me! What a fun idea! Painting it a solid white shows the design even better.

  4. You are so creative! I love this! It turned out great!

  5. This is awesome.. many time i tried this very art, but yet to make a good basket...

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  6. Wow. I need to make one of these. I hope that you will join us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party this week. Check it out

  7. I'd always wondered how to do this! It looks like fun and kind of therapeutic in a way. Can't wait to try it! Pinning! :) Lisa

  8. This is awesome -- that you can make such a beautiful basket out of recycled newspapers. After the white paint, the basket takes on a sculptural look. Thanks for the detailed tutorial, too.

  9. Wowza Gail, your basket is great! it looks so difficult. You always amaze me with your creative projects. Thank you for sharing this lovely basket at Dishing It & Digging It.

  10. Gail, I love your creativity. How cool is this bowl. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best Linkup.

  11. Gail, this looks fantastic! How talented you are! Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. Pinning.

  12. Love this Gail! It turned out really amazing. Not sure if I would leave it natural or paint it. Both look great!

  13. Gail how do you do it?? That is a great idea!

  14. Wow! How creative! You do come up with the most unique ideas! I am wondering if I can pull one of these off. I am thinking it would look really interesting painted with a metallic copper paint! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

  15. That looks so amazing Gail. If I didn't see all the detailed photos you shared I would never have guessed that it was made from newspapers. Very creative

  16. Gail this is so impressive. How do you come up with these great projects? And from the simplest materials!

  17. wonderful diy ideas i can use this
    it is really amazing nice post

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  18. cool diy was very useful


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