Category Archives: Tutorials

Newspaper Basket or storage Box

by Ashley Weeks Cart

It was a gloomy, rainy Sunday here in Billsville, so while not ideal for an afternoon hike, absolutely perfect for a day spent inside crafting up a storm. A friend of ours had passed along a link to a DIY Newspaper Basket a few weeks ago, and I was obviously intrigued. This weekend was a great time to give it a go. I saddled up with the discarded Sunday Times, adjusted the directions slightly, and suddenly had a funky place to stash a pile of plastic bags I’ve been accumulating.

Materials: Newspaper Scissors Staples or glue

 

Directions: 1. Use scissors to cut the seam of the newspaper to create individual 12″x 22″ pages.

2. Fold each individual page lengthwise. First in half, and then in quarters, and then in eighths. The resulting strip should be about 1.5″ thick and 22″ long. I needed around 20 for my basket.

3. Begin weaving the strips together, using a staple or glue to secure as needed.

4. Continue weaving the strips to the size of your liking. I made by basket 5 strips x 5 strips.

6. For the sides of your basket, just fold the strips to a 90 degree angle and continue weaving. Go nice and slow, keep the weave tight, and again, use staples or glue as needed. You’ll need to probably attached strips to one another as you weave the diameter.

7. When you reach the ends of the newspaper strips, fold the ends down inside the basket and secure with staple or glue. I then used another strip of newspaper to border the top edge of the basket. My glue gun broke as I did this, so I used staples to secure. You could also edge with ribbon, if you really want to get fancy. Now go stash something in it!

Photo: Courtesy of Ashley Weeks Cart

Published: August 25, 2010
Filed Under: Tutorial.

Recycled cardboard boxes – for tags and business cards

I have been using Kleenex tissue boxes to make tags and business cards.  The kleenex box designs can make for interesting or pretty backs to the tags and cards.  The small pieces can not go thru your printer so I print stickers and then stick them on the cut box pieces.

I purchased a tag punch which makes even tags with a hole pre-punched.

I found this tutorial for using cereal boxes for business cards.  Boxes could also be used for tags.   Don’t have to utilize just cereal boxes.  Any boxes that can be cut to fit your printer would work;  cracker boxes, baking mixes, and more.

Cereal Box Business Cards

by Ashley Weeks Cart

Successful business is all about out of the box thinking – and what could be more out of the box than business cards handmade out of old cereal boxes?! If you’re looking for a card that will set you a part but won’t break the bank, cereal boxes make sturdy, unique canvases for your networking needs. Not so much a business guru, but want to grab the attention of that dream boat seated in aisle 2? Craft your own calling card that will truly knock the airline socks off that cutie.

Materials: Cereal boxes Scissors (even better, a paper cutter for straight edges) Printer Computer program like MS Word to format cards

Directions: 1. Munch on some of your favorite Wheaties, and save up those boxes. 2. Cut the boxes so that you have two rectangular “pages” on which to print your cards. (Using a paper cutter helps immensely in keeping all the edges straight). 3. In MS Word, format labels that are sized 3.5 x 2 inches (the traditional biz card) or whatever size you’d like your cards to be. 4. Create your cards’ content in the labels. 5. Often the rectangles from the cereal boxes are smaller than an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. Measure your particular rectangles and in ‘Page Setup’ insert your custom size. 6. To help make cutting easier, print the borders of the labels. 7. Now load your cereal box paper into the printer (making sure that the text will print on the blank cardboard side) and print away. (Sometimes you have to help *coax* this heftier stock through the machine). 8. Once you’ve printed, use the paper cutter to dice ‘em up into individual business cards. These cards are cereal killers – in a crushing the competition kind of way.

Photo: Courtesy of Ashley Weeks Cart

Published: March 24, 2010