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Paper Twist Basket
by Bluebonnet Crafters
Reprint from September 1999 Crafty Visions Newsletter


Paper twist BasketMaterials:

  • 2 large paper grocery bags

  • clothespins

  • Paper Twist, cut in pieces as listed below

  • Craft glue or stapler

  • Cardboard

  • Option: Use any paper cut in strips in place of the paper twist. Paper strips can be glued end to end until long enough to fit the project. Tiny favor sized bags can be made without the paper bag lining by folding the strips up and weaving around using small amount of glue to hold the strips in place everywhere they cross.

Weave diagram for paper twist basket


Fold the top of the first bag toward the inside, folding the bag in half. With the second bag, fold the top to the outside so the bag is half the height it was originally.

Measure the bottom of the bag and cut a piece of cardboard to fit. Place the cardboard inside the bag with the cuff folded toward the inside and carefully place the bag with the cuff to the outside into the first bag.

Measure from the top, across the bottom, back up to the top and add 2 inches. Cut the correct number of Paper Twist strips this long (this will be across the wide side of the bag and with Paper Twist at approximately 4" per strip measure the width divide by four and this is the un umber of strips you will cut that length).

Measure on the short side from the top across the bottom and backup to the top adding an inch (see directions above).

Measure around the bag adding one inch to the measurement. Cut additional strips to equal this height of the bag.

Your strips can all be of one color or half one color and half a second color for the strips needed on each of the above measurements.

Cut 3 additional strips the length you want for your handle plus one inch.

Place the twisted paper strips into a zip loc bag. Spritz lightly with water and seal the bag leaving it for about half an hour. This will make it much easier to untwist each of the paper strips. Collect your strips by length. Take the number of strips that will go across the widest area of the bag and find the middle. Lay these strips out side by side, (preferably where you can pin one end).

Find the center of the strips that will go across and up the narrow side and place it so it crosses the exact center of the lengthwise strips.

With the center cross pieces anchored with a pin, staple or glue weave under and over from the center to the edge of where the bag bottom would fit. Repeat to the other side.

Using this as a guide repeat with the additional crosswise strips forming a cross with the center of it woven to the size of your bag bottom.

Place the bag bottom directly over this woven area and with your clothespins bring each of the Paper Twist pieces to the top and clip them to the top of the bag. Be sure you use clothespins or something else removable as you will now start weaving around the bag and will have to release these strips one at a time.

Begin in the center of any one strip. With the end of the first strip to be woven around the bag at the very bottom. Weave over the next, under the next, then over, under continuing until you bring the end back to where it meets under the first strip. Glue or staple the ends together at that point.

The next strip will begin under a different upright strip but repeating the directions above. Repeat for each successive strip beginning each under a different upright for security.

When you have reached the top of the basket place the ends between the two bags and staple or glue in place.

Make the handle:

Using three strips of untwisted Paper Twist anchor the three together with a clothespin and make a loose braid of the three strips. For added strength you may include a length of string or cord inside each of the three pieces of braid before you braid them.

Attach your handle from end to the other and anchor with glue or staples.

The basket is now complete. It can be used as you see fit but understand for this type handle you will not be able to lift it by the handle with anything inside.

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