A laundry basket is needed in every home. She stores things prepared for washing, brings a particle of comfort into the room. Several decades ago, for the manufacture of such an accessory, special knowledge and skills were required (not everyone can handle a weaving vine). Now everyone is able to weave newspaper tubes. Use the step-by-step tips of the master class and create an exclusive thing with your own hands.
Making newspaper tubes is easy enough. To do this, cut the material into strips, the width of which is 10 cm. Take a thin knitting needle (suitable knitting) and apply to the edge of the strip at an angle of 45 degrees. Start tightly twisting the tube. It is important that one of its ends be slightly widened. So it will be convenient to insert one tube into another when building such a newspaper "vine." In order for the finished product to be durable, it is necessary to glue the tube in several places.
The bottom of the basket can be of different shapes: round, rectangular, oval. If you make it triangular, you get an angular model, ideal for a small bathroom. Consider several options for making the bottom.
This is the easiest way. To do this, cut two cardboard blanks of the desired shape. To give the product an aesthetic appearance, it is necessary to paste them with wallpaper, decoration paper, self-adhesive film. The tubes are placed around the perimeter of one of the blanks. The distance between them is 2 cm. For bonding use PVA glue. After all the tubes have taken their places, they are covered on top with a second sheet of cardboard, pressed tightly and placed on top of the load. For greater efficiency, linen clothespins are additionally used.
The second option for making the bottom is weaving.
You will need to create two types of weaving material:
- several canvases of four newspaper tubes glued together;
- strips of glued two tubes.
The number of blanks depends on the size of the bottom. They are laid out in accordance with the photograph.
The connection of the workpieces is made by a single tube. She must braid paired stripes.
In this way, you will create a dense bottom for the future basket. If you use two contrasting colors of the tubes, the canvas will look especially impressive. To give the rectangle a regular shape, the protruding edges of the tubes connected together by 4 need to be trimmed. Double tubes should be used to create the walls of the basket.
Weaving beautiful walls can be done in different ways. Initially, the tubes protruding from the bottom are bent so that they are located at an angle of 90 degrees with respect to the base. The easiest way is to use double ducts. They are staggered.
You can apply a single weave. It will look beautiful if you use 2 contrasting colors. Then there will be interesting horizontal stripes on the walls of the basket. To work as comfortably as possible, use a rotating surface. Stability will give the load placed inside the future basket.
Horizontal and vertical markings in the form of lines printed on racks will help to make weaving even. It is better to stick to the same length of paper racks when building them. It’s more convenient to work. The joints are fastened with glue and try to place them on the inside of the box.
The tubes are cut at an angle. It’s easier to insert one into the other. If you weave a corner basket, ordinary newspaper tubes as racks will not work. Use printer paper. It will help maintain the shape of the product.
One way to frame the edge is to use uprights. Each previous rack is opened from the inside for the next, bending around it. As a result, all vertical posts will stick out horizontally. The second step is to cut each rack. Its end is tucked externally into the hole from which the third pillar emerges. For convenience, it can be slightly expanded with scissors.
If the “rope” method is used to weave baskets , then you can perform a simple and beautiful way to design the edge using only racks. The vertical working tube is brought out. Then it is laid along the drawing and inserted into the hole located between the second and third pillars with respect to the worker. The hole is expanded with an awl if necessary.
To design the edge of the box, the “volumetric bending” technique is suitable. It looks like a wide and spectacular braid. The Izida bend will also be a good frame for the laundry box. It does not differ in complexity of execution. If the racks are rigid and not plastic enough, they are moisturized. This eliminates the appearance of ugly creases.
The easiest way is to use two newspaper tubes. They are threaded into the sidewall and twisted together. Two such elements are obtained on each side. They are connected with glue, forming a handle. For fastening use clothespins. After the handle dries, you will need to mask the joint and give it an aesthetic appearance. Take the tube and wrap the handle.
A laundry basket with a lid will fit perfectly into the interior of the bathroom. Use thick cardboard for the lid. After cutting out the desired shape from it, make small holes in the side of the sheet. In them, newspaper tubes are inserted around the perimeter and fixed with glue. After drying, they begin the process of weaving. The cardboard is laid on the box and the side parts of the lid are gradually formed.
The basket can be weaved from the painted newspaper tubes or to color the finished product. As a dye, it is best to use acrylic varnish. Its main advantages are quick drying and the absence of an unpleasant odor. After treatment with such a composition, the newspaper becomes particularly durable and moisture resistant. If you opted for aerosol paints, then before use the basket must be coated with a primer. Paint is applied in 1-2 layers.
Stain paints the newspaper in different colors. It is easier to color before weaving. To do this, each tube is immersed in the solution for 3-5 seconds. Spread them on a sheet so that they do not touch. The second layer is stacked with woodpile. It will take about 12 hours to fully dry. In this case, it is necessary to isolate the tubes from an additional heat source. Due to high temperatures, the tubes can deform, dry out, and lose ductility. It will be difficult to work with them.
The box lid can be decorated with decoupage napkins. The dried pattern is varnished. If the main color of the basket is white, floral motifs will also look good on the walls of the box. The ribbon is also used to decorate the basket. To do this, during weaving, leave a small gap in the walls equal to the width of the satin ribbon.
Tapping a fabric strip into it, keep in mind that it should support the general principle of weaving. You can put a textile bag inside. For a rectangular basket, the pattern consists of 5 rectangles. Having sewed the sides together, they get a kind of bag.
The textile part is placed inside the box. Its edges are brought out and glued. A wide lace strip is used as decoration. Textile tape gives the basket a note of tenderness. The insert in the walls of the box and the framing of the edge of the product look harmonious.
The main advantage of a handmade basket is its uniqueness. By clearly following the instructions, you will create a model that looks like nothing and decorate it as you see fit. The models are variable, you can make a basket of different sizes and shapes. This will allow you to most successfully fit it into the interior of the bathroom.
A master class in weaving newsprint baskets is waiting for you in the next video.