By Anriel Almeida
1)Newspaper cut in strips of 30-35cms x 10 cms
2) 2 circles of radius 4-5 cms cut out of black chart/card paper
5) broomstick /thin stick
6)acrylic paint of your choice
STEP 1: Start by rolling the newspapers into fine tubes. Start from one corner and roll diagonally secure the tube at the end with glue.
STEP 2:Make at least 25 of these tubes.
STEP 3:On one of the circles stick using glue 9 tubes equally spaced to look like the pokes of a wheel.
STEP 4:Let it dry. (optional:use a clothes pin to secure the spokes during the process of drying.)
STEP 5:Take the 2nd circle and stick it on top of the spokes such that both the circles overlap perfectly. Keep a weight on it and set it aside to dry.
STEP 6 :
Take one of the other tubes and flatten it.
Take one end of the tube about 3cms and make a loop around one of the spokes, such that it touches the circle.
Secure it with glue.
STEP 7: Now lets begin to weave!
Hold all the spokes vertically.
Alternately weave in and out of the 9 spokes and form the 1st layer.
If there is more tubing remaining then form the 2nd layer.
If the tubing is over then take another spoke and insert at least 1cm of 1 end into the other and continue to weave.
Continue to weave till you get about 8 – 10 layers.
Secure the end with glue by looping it around a spoke.
Take the spoke which has the last tubing looped around it and the spoke bang opposite it to make the handle.
Trim the spokes to required length and insert the one end into the other.
Take the remaining spokes and end them over either outwards or inwards in such away that the loop around the last layer.
Calculate the amount of spoke needed to trim such that you can tuck the ends of the spokes into 2 layers.
Once trimmed tuck the ends into the 2 layers.
You can leave the basket like this or can make the handle more fancy by wrapping around another tubing around the handle and securing the ends with glue .
Your basket should now look like this.
Paint your basket with at least 2 coats of acrylic paint and you can add a coat of transparent paint to give it a glossy finish.