I came across such creativity on the net as weaving from newspaper tubes. Interested, I decided to try. I reviewed more than a dozen master classes. Externally, the products are in no way inferior to wicker braids. And for home use they are quite durable and for a gift - nice!
Using various varnishes, paints and coating impregnations during weaving, we can create braids of all colors of the rainbow.
And by decorating the baskets with beads, flowers, ribbons or appliqués using the deco page technique, you can even turn them into works of art.
That's what I did.
You will need:
1. Newspaper sheets
2. PVA glue
3. Knitting needle
4. Scissors, stationery knife
5. Paint (acrylic), varnish (Finish varnish), alcohol-based stain (origon, larch, lemon ….)
6. Brushes for glue and paint.
7. Basis for weaving
First, you need to determine the direction of the grain of the paper. The direction should be longitudinal. There are several ways to determine the direction. Here's one: stretch the edges of a piece of paper between the nails of two fingers. In the transverse direction of the fibers, the edge will become wavy, in the longitudinal direction of the folds are not formed. Strips of this size will make thin tubes for an elegant product. If you need thicker tubes, then the width of the stripes and the diameter of the spoke need to be increased.
I paint the tubes with a brush on a regular oilcloth. I only use alcohol-based stains. On the recommendation of one master class, I tried to paint the tubes with a water-based stain - I ruined everything. From getting wet, the gluing site diverges and the tubes unfold. Don't repeat mistakes.
Stage 1: Preparation
We mark the newspaper into strips of 7 cm.
On the lining board, cut the newspaper into strips with a clerical knife.
The angle of the spoke position on the newspaper strip is 10 ° -15 °.
You need to start winding the strip very tightly, winding the edge of the newspaper around the knitting needle. The tubes are white if the white margin of the newspaper strip is left to the right.
Secure the edge of the newspaper with glue.
At this stage, the finished tubes can be dyed in the desired color if desired and allowed to dry well. You can paint the finished product afterwards. And if you cover it with paint and varnish on top, then no one will guess that this basket is made from an ordinary old magazine (newspaper).
Stage 2: Weaving
Let's start the work with weaving the bottom. It all depends on the size of your product. For weaving the basket presented to your attention, you will need 30 (thirty) tubes 50 cm long.
We take 10 tubes (hereinafter: faces) 45-50 cm long. We spread them in pairs.
We fold the working tube in half and wrap the first pair of rays around it.
The beginning of work can be marked with a marker on the edge of the beam.
We braid each pair of rays with a string. The working tubes are crossed, then one working tube goes on top of a pair of beams, the other at the bottom. As soon as the length of the working tube ends, we build it up (insert the end of the next tube into the hole of the previous one).
Weave two rows to a pair of rays marked with a marker.
Weave the third and fourth rows in one ray.
We direct the working tubes to the middle of the bottom.
We form the edge of the bottom. With the first ray (marked with a marker), bend around the next one, directing it to the center of the bottom and so on in a circle.
We start the last ray from the bottom into the loop of the first ray.
Next, we braid each ray of 4 (four) rows with a string, slightly bending the rays from the center.
We decorate the 5 (fifth) row with wooden beads with a diameter of 16 cm. You will need 6 pieces. beads.
6 (sixth) and 7 (seventh) rows, knit with a string. The work is almost done! It remains to cut off the excess length of the working tubes and tuck them between the rows using a knitting needle.
Cut the removed ends of the working tubes with scissors.
To carry out the handle of the basket, leave 3 (three) rays on each side, separating them on clothespins. We drip a drop of glue at the base of the remaining rays and cut them off with scissors.
We connect the ends of the tubes of the basket handle.
Before weaving the handle, drip a drop of glue onto the edge of the tube and fix it with a clothespin. We braid the handle with a tube along its entire length.
At the end of the weaving of the handle, drip a drop of glue onto the end of the tube and fix it with a clothespin. The main work is over.
Stage 3: Coloring
For strength, saturate the basket with PVA glue, give it the desired shape. Let the glue dry completely.
Paint the basket with white acrylic paint. (you can add color-paste, different dyes or stain with a stain).
We cut out motifs from a napkin and make a page deck. Cover the Finish basket with varnish, dry the finished work.
There is nothing better than a hand-made thing. Admire, rejoice, give as a gift !!!