Recycled Woven Organizers

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Somehow it seems like a pair of child-size gloves never makes it through winter with both gloves staying together! If you were left with a lonely single glove at the end of this winter, here's a project to turn it into a fun year-round plush toaGet green with this crafty project made from all recycled materials!

Bring the family together to weave newspaper strips into decorative containers and use the finished product to organize your craft supplies. Spring cleaning and organizing was never so fun!


  • last month's issue of Columbus Parent
  • invisible tape
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • rubber band
  • an empty cereal box
  • tube-shaped container (coffee can, potato-chip can, etc.)


  1. Open up the newspaper and cut into strips approximately 5 inches wide and 22 inches long. The number of strips depends on the size of your tube - one coffee can-sized container will require 12-14 strips.
  2. Fold each strip lengthwise until they are approximately 1 inch wide. Secure each end and the middle with a piece of invisible tape, so that it doesn't come unfolded.
  3. Lay one strip across another to form a plus sign. Secure the strips together using invisible tape.
  4. Lay two strips in an "X" formation over the plus sign to create an asterisk shape. Secure all the pieces together with invisible tape. Note: for a wide container, like a coffee can, add another "X" shape to create a 12-sided asterisk shape.
  5. Make sure the strips are well secured with the invisible tape. The center of the asterisk shape will be the bottom of your container. The more tape you use, the more secure the container will be.
  6. Put your tube-shaped container in the center of the asterisk shape you have formed with the strips. Pull the strips up to the top and secure with a rubber band.
  7. Take a strip of newspaper, lay it horizontally and secure with tape to the underside of one of the vertical strips around the can. Pull tightly and weave the strip over and under the vertical strips around the can. When you reach your starting point, cut the horizontal strip and tape it to the underside of the starting vertical strip.
  8. Take another loose strip and start your next horizontal weave one vertical strip to the right of your first starting point. Make sure it fits snugly next to the horizontal strip you just finished and secure with tape if necessary. This will prevent any holes in your weave.
  9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 until you reach the rubber band at the top of the can. Use invisible tape liberally to secure the weaves.
  10. When you reach the top, remove the rubber band. Carefully slide out the container.
  11. Fold any excess length on the strips inside and secure down with tape.
  12. Open your cereal box so the cardboard lies flat. Trace the bottom of your woven container on the cardboard and cut out the circle about one quarter-inch inside your tracing line. Fit this circle inside your woven container to help secure the bottom.
  13. Repeat this process to create as many containers as you need to store your excess craft supplies!

Who thought this up

OLIVERA BRATICH owns Wholly Craft, 3169 N. High St. The Clintonville shop features handmade goods from more than 100 crafters and artists, including clothing, jewelry, accessories, paper goods and more! Hours: 1-8 p.m. weekdays, 12-7 p.m. Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Sundays, closed Tuesdays. For info, go to