Kid’s Craft! Make Newspaper Baskets!

Howdy Friends! Today I have a craft for the kids to do using recycled materials to make something really useful:


For this project you will need:


white glue

think cardboard (like a cereal box)

a pencil


Something round to trace like a plate

Watch the video to see how easy it is to make a rolled newspaper basket:

Tip! If you want to make this project with a bunch of children you can use hot glue and make the basket bases (the cardboard with the spokes) ahead of time! Here is a recap of the steps:

  1. Cut the newspaper pages in half.
  2. Roll the newspaper using a pencil as a guide and secure the ends with glue.
  3. Trace a plate on cardboard 2 times and cut out.
  4. Glue an odd number or rolled newspaper “spokes” to the cardboard. Add the other cardboard piece on top and place a book on top to weigh it down as it dries OR have an adult hot glue it for you.
  5. Weave the remaining newspaper tubes around the spokes. Use a bit of white clue each time you add a new newspaper and clip it with a clothespin to hold it in place as it dries.
  6. Finish your basket by painting it with acrylic paint, spray paint or just seal it with a layer of glue or Mod-Podge.

Bonus ideas! You can use wrapping paper, magazines and comics to make really cool looking baskets! You can easily make a square, rectangle or heart shaped basket using the same technique, just cut your cardboard in the shape you would like your basket. Bold shapes with few details are best!

Parents & Teachers: If you try this project with your kids please let me know how it turns out. If you have any questions just leave a comment and I will get back to you! Happy crafting!

14 thoughts on “Kid’s Craft! Make Newspaper Baskets!

  1. Cute basket. Bet you got black hands from the news paper ink. would make nice little storage bends. Have a good one.


  2. Cute, cute, cute! Think 25 rolls would be enough to complete a basket? I’d hate to be near the end and have to roll more newspaper. I tried counting your baskets and thought 25 was a good number.


  3. Lindsay, thank you so much for showing such wonderful things to do with kid. I really enjoy crafting with my grandkids and you always have such great ideas for something new and different. I think that we may make some like this to hold my grandson’s comic books. He’ll love doing it with me!! You rock girl!!


  4. I had to try this after watching the video. I did not have newspaper, so I used magazine pages. It took a little longer because the tubes were shorter, but it worked just as you showed on the video. Thank you for the inspiration!


  5. Yet another great idea/tutorial, Lindsay.  Children as young as three-years-old could do this will only a limited amount of adult supervision.  This is a wonderful snowy/rainy day activity that is messless and creates a useful product.  It would be fun to find a dollar store plastic wastebasket to use as a form that would also protect the paper basket.  My mind is spinning.  There is a stack of brown paper grocery bags in my pantry that could make great “manly” baskets to set beside men’s recliners.  Stamp the paper, roll into tubes, weave, spray with shellac, and voila’!  Thank you for this idea, Lindsay.

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  6. Since my oldest grand is now 12, he says he is too old to come visit grandma but he is always a bit jealous of the things I make with his younger brother and sister….maybe I will email him the link and hint what a great Xmas gift that would make!!!! hmmmmmmmm!


  7. Hi Lindsay. Loved making these baskets with my students. We found the ends stayed joined better if we pushed the narrow ends of the strips inside the wide end of the the one we were joining it to.


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