Every housewife tries to make her home cozy and beautiful. For this purpose, you can use various decorative elements, or you can turn to the advice of our grandparents and decorate the house with wicker items. Of course, the most amazing will be those made from pre-harvested tree vines. To do this, you will have to wander through the forest in the spring in search of a suitable tree, cut branches, and after that also prepare them by soaking and properly drying. But there is an easier way - to replace tree branches with a newspaper. A step-by-step master class "weaving newspaper tubes for beginners" can be mastered by everyone and after a couple of tests to create their first product.
Paper Vine Preparation
First you need to prepare the material. It may be pure paper, but practice shows that it is rather difficult to weave from it because of its density. Of course, if there is newsprint paper that is used in printing houses, this will be an ideal option, since the absence of printed text on it greatly facilitates the painting of the product. But more on that later. So, prepare large quantities of newspapers. Using a sharp knife, cut strips no more than 10 centimeters wide. For starters, you can practice on shorter strips and only after gaining some experience go to long ones. At the same time, making a product from long strips is much easier than from short ones.
Put a strip of paper in front of you. To it at an acute angle we apply a knitting needle. Next, we tuck the corner of the newspaper under the knitting needle and start twisting the sheet as tightly as possible.
Do not be alarmed if one end is slightly thicker than the other. This is normal, although there should not be much difference. In order for our tube not to unravel, use glue and fix the corner of the sheet. Thus, you need to twist at least 50 tubes. The quantity depends on the size and complexity of the product.
Further actions depend on how you are going to paint the finished product. You can paint the sticks even before weaving. But there are some nuances. Incorrectly selected varnish will make them stiff and brittle, as a result of which the vase or casket will become rough. It is recommended to use acrylic varnish for artwork.
A box or a basket of tubes, on which the text, multi-colored or two-color coloring is clearly visible, also looks beautiful. The floor box for objects, shoe, photo frame, chest for small items looks original and unusual. You can paint the product even after manufacturing, especially if it is not particularly complex in shape.
Making the bottom
The base of the product can be absolutely anything: round, square, rectangular. First, try to make a vase from magazine tubes with a solid bottom. To do this, it is enough to choose a dense material, for example, cardboard, and cut two circles out of it. Why two? And in order to hide in the bottom of the ends of the tubes, which will be resistant. Next, put one circle and use a pencil to make marks where the racks will be fixed. If this is a future vase, then you can make racks at a wide distance from each other. Some types of weaving, for example, oblique allows you to weave on 5-6 racks. Glue the ends of the sticks and immediately apply the second circle. A solid square bottom is likewise made. But still, the wicker bottom looks particularly attractive. It is with him that the weaving of a basket or casket most often begins. In this case, you need to cross several tubes, for example 5-7. Weaving technology - one tube is braided from the center in a circle, alternating the position of the main sticks above and below the working one. As needed, we increase the tube. How to do this will be described in the next section. Thus, we create a circle of the desired diameter. In order to understand how to weave a round bottom in other techniques, it is enough to watch the video lesson once, following the steps step by step.
Rarely, but still sometimes a square bottom is woven. This is a rather complicated process and you need to master it only after you make a couple of products in a lighter technique.
Tubing and weaving
Some crafts, such as a vase, can be quite high, which requires frequent building up of paper vines. To facilitate this process and to ensure that the finished product has the most attractive appearance, you should learn how to properly connect the tubes. As already mentioned, the procurement of paper vines has different ends in thickness. This is what allows them to seamlessly connect them. Take a stick with a thin end and a second with a thick one. Now we just insert one with another with gentle movements and scroll a little. To fix the joint, you can lubricate the thin end with glue. Often there is a recommendation to trim the thick end before connecting the vine. But at the same time, you will get a sharper transition, since the wall thickness of the stick will be much larger than if it is not cut. That is, in our case, the transition will be smoother, and after painting it will become completely invisible.
Next, we try to weave with the simplest weaving, that is, with one strip. To do this, take our bottom and fix a stick near one of the racks. Before that, you need to choose the shape that you will braid. It can be a jar, a bottle or a box, in case a basket is woven. We lift each end of the racks up and, if possible, fix it with a clothespin. Next, with a free vine, we begin to braid our racks. As an option, the basket is also braided using two sticks. In the future, you will be able to experiment and alternate weaving with one or two tubes.
More difficult to weave a rope. In this case, two tubes are used. They are located on opposite sides of the rack and at the same time intertwined with each other on the gap between the racks. But in the photo this weaving looks especially interesting, and the basket made using this technique turns out to be strong and keeps its shape perfectly.
A kind of linear weaving is oblique weaving or in a spiral. The spiral method of weaving is great for vases, and various crafts, such as Christmas trees and glasses.
In this case, only racks that are intertwined with a small offset are used. This technique of making braids will help to better master through training in a master class online with video lessons.
▬► Spiral weaving from newspapers. Part I. / Spiral weaving
Almost all types of weaving are solid, that is, each previous row goes into the next.
Some products have a cover. It weaves in the same way, only with a lower height.
After the product is ready, it must be painted with a brush or spray can and, if desired, apply a pattern. It can be painting, satin ribbons, decoupage, beads, embroidery. For each technique, there is a step-by-step creation process, a detailed manual that will allow you to master it. And finally, the product is varnished.
At first glance, it seems that a limited number of products can be made from newspaper tubes. But as soon as you master this technique, study the detailed description, and during operation you no longer need instructions, you can create your own weaving methods and, accordingly, new crafts. We can only give advice on how to weave this or that product. In order to create a basket, it is enough to weave the form with classic weaving. Further, a pair of tubes is woven from both sides, on the basis of which a handle is woven. For practice, you can weave something simple - a slipper, a glass, a stand, a flower, a candy cane, and then go on to perform more complex structures, for example, furniture - a laundry basket or a chest for sewing accessories.
The first is larger and to create it you need to weave a solid frame, but the second one can make internal partitions. Especially often weaves a vase from newspaper tubes. To create a unique image, you can make a lace edge. To do this, you can simply weave a pigtail or master a more complex way of weaving lace, but for this you need a scheme.
Having looked at once an example of articles made from newspaper tubes, even a novice can master the simple weaving technique, you simply cannot go past this technique and be sure to master it by creating many useful and beautiful things. After the first time you create a craft, as soon as you manage to make and finish it, you will not be able to stop, because this is a very exciting process. Let needlework become your new, fascinating hobby!