The background for this purse can be found here. You'll also find lots more pics of the purse.
Alright my friend, let me begin this tutorial by saying don't let all these pictures and steps intimidate you. I learned how to weave paper from a very basic tute without too much trouble. So my hope is that this tute will be MUCH easier for you to follow. My goal was to create a tute that you could rely mainly on the photos to teach you the technique, so let me know how I did. Please contact me if anything is unclear. Even though this project ultimately became a little purse, I'll often call it a "basket" in this post.
Paper cut into 20 strips around 2" wide by 20" long.*
Any low-tack tape like painter's tape.**
Decoupage, acrylic medium.***
Clothes pins or paper clips.
*You could make it easier on yourself and use something that doesn't require all the cutting and folding. I.e. sewer's measuring tape, bias tape, flat shoelaces, etc.
**Most tutes ask you to use clothespins to hold your weave.
***I love the finished quality the "modge" podge lends, but it's not necessary. Some white school glue to secure the finished edges would be be a good idea though.
Here's a great example of another way to weave paper. Notice the weave creates square shaped patterns on the sides of the box. It's a pretty good tute. You can find it here. I use a box to hold my old newspapers awaiting recycling. Wouldn't it be cool if I made a newspaper recycling box out of recycled newspapers?
This is a good tutorial for making cylinders. You form them around a cup. I think it would make a great project for me to do with my kids. You can find it here.
Besides weaving paper, I'm co-hosting and participating in the Retro Pillow Challenge. I hope you'll click on this button and visit the homepage. The challenge ends Sept. 30th so you still have time to join us!
Thank you all for making this blog so fun for me! I love hearing from you and meeting new crafters from all over the world.
Happy crafting and big hugs from Montana,