Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Kids Craft: Woven Newspaper Basket

Yesterday, we made this fun kids craft from FamilyFun. The directions are on the Family Fun post, but I'll give you a little play-by-play for fun!

Paper Towel Roll
Big Rubber Band
Scotch Tape

Gather your supplies.

Cut the newspaper into strips. Basically, I unfolded a double fold page and cut it into 4 equal strips.

Fold into strips. We folded in half, and then folded the two sides toward the center. Our strips were pretty wide. The wider the strips and fewer folds, the less sturdy the basket. If we were to fold this same size strip into skinnier folds, it would make the basket more sturdy.

Cross two strips into the shape of a plus sign and tape together.  

Add two strips between the cross pieces.

Add two more strips between the remaining cross pieces, as evenly as possible.

Center the asterisk-shaped strips over the paper towel roll. 

Fold the strips down and rubber band them to hold them in place.

Take some other strips and weave them in and out, around the base of the basket, working your way up. 

Fold the tops of the basket inward, and tape them down. 

We also cut a circle of cardboard, using the paper towel roll as a template, and placed it in the bottom of our basket, to give it extra strength. 

I then let Mr. Man go crazy with some paint markers! 

He's THRILLED with his finished product!

This was actually really easy to make and MIGHT have inspired me to make some other cool stuff from newspapers!

If you want to make an awesome grown-up version, check out this post

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