Make Handicrafts from Waste Paper

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Many people love crafts and other forms of art - especially children. Producing crafts from recycled paper, electronic waste, or the waste bin can be a fun way to spend time with the family. Electronic waste paper like misprinted pages or other scraps can be used to make crafts that are extraordinary.

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We're going to show you how to make your own handicrafts in the article below. To help, we've even included a video of the process at the end of the article, which shows the steps we followed to make the crafts described here.

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About Making Handicrafts from Waste Paper

Handicraft craft ideas are limited only by ones imagination.

Paper is a versatile medium to use for DIY crafts. You are able to cut it, mold it, glue it, tape it, and create it. Using waste paper is often a great option that may give the finished crafts character and appeal that it may not have otherwise. We've included a list of ideas you can use for your own paper crafts below, but we'll be making the Woven Paper Basket in our example:

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  • Gift bags
  • Paper
  • Country baskets
  • Storage bins
  • Wall decorations
  • Paper Mache
  • Folded crafts
  • Woven crafts
  • Holiday crafts

Woven Paper Basket

A woven paper basket made from old newspaper could be the perfect rainy day or winter project for children. Once finished they'll have a storage container they can personalize and use to keep their things organized.

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Things You'll Need:

  • Waste paper (newspaper, old books, scratch papers, photocopy papers, telephone directories)
  • Cornstarch and water (for glue)
  • Barbecue skewer
  • Varnish or paint
  • A small paintbrush

How to Make Your Own Woven Paper Basket Handicraft

  1. 1
    Cut the waste paper into strips.
    About 1 to 1.5 inches in width. Depending on the style wanted.
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  2. 2
    Mix cornstarch and water, about 2 tablespoons to one cup water.
    Boil it in a slow fire until it thickens. Add cornstarch or water as needed to make glue, not too thick but not too runny.
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  3. 3
    Apply the cornstarch mixture with a paintbrush on one side of the paper strip and roll it around the barbecue stick spirally until it makes a paper stick.
    To do this lay the paper strip flat and lay the barbecue skewer diagonally across a corner of the paper strip. Roll it up by tucking the corner around the skewer and rolling the skewer until the full length of the paper has been used. Secure the end with a bit of the cornstarch mix.
    • Note that one side preferably would be bigger, with the other end being smaller. This will make it easier to work with.
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  4. 4
    Slowly pull the barbecue stick out and let the paper stick dry thoroughly.
    Repeat this process for as many paper sticks you could make. It may take about 2 days for the paper sticks to dry completely depending on how much cornstarch mix you apply.
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  5. 5
    Lay the paper sticks on the table and alternately weave more sticks across them, like weaving a mat.
    When you reach the size you would like the bottom to be, fold the sticks poking out upwards and continue to add rolled sticks until you reach the height you would like.
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  6. 6
    Connect two paper sticks by inserting the smaller end of one stick to the bigger end of another.
    You may flatten the paper sticks if you want a flat mat-like product but be very careful as the paper sticks can sometimes break during this stage of the process.
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  7. 7
    Keep connecting the sticks until you are satisfied with your product.
    Remember that the ends that stick out can be tucked into the weaves or cut.
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  8. 8
    When you are done, paint or varnish your basket.
    There will be no need to use glue to bond the ends. The varnish or paint you use to color the finished basket should hold the product together once dried. Let it dry for about 2- 3 days.
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  9. 9
    When completely dry, other decorative materials can also be glued onto it.
    Some ideas for these things are items such as miniature flowers, name tags, decorative beads, buttons, or yarn.
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Additional Tips and Suggestions

  • If you would like to have different colored weaves paint the preformed sticks and allow them to dry fully before beginning to weave. Then you can simply varnish when done.
  • You can also use different textured paper to get different results.
  • Use this craft project as a lesson to teach your children about recycling.

Warnings About Making Handicrafts from Waste Paper

  • Small children should be supervised during this craft, as the skewers are often sharp.
  • Things like varnish can be dangerous to the eyes, and this step should be supervised by an adult (or even done by an adult).
  • Remember that sometimes the baskets break, so teach your children that they can always easily make more.
  • Make sure the paper you are using is reasonably clean, as paper cuts can sometimes happen.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.


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