Woven wonder bag
A durable handbag from paper.
TYou need: A4 magazine pages Pencil and ruler Scissors and cutter PVA glue Toothpick Hammer Craft varnish (optional) Brush Making the bag
1. Divide and cut a piece of flyer into quarters, lengthwise. Roll up each piece into a slender straw and glue the end to secure it. One end is wider than the other. Make 14 paper straws.
2. Place four straws on the table and place another four horizontally over them to form a cross. Take the right straw from below. This is called a “weaver”. Bend it over all the horizontal straws on the right.
3. Push the straw under all the next four straws. Then place it over the horizontal straws on the left. Push it under the three remaining straws. When the weaver gets too short, insert a straw into the end and continue weaving.
4. Repeat weaving for another round in the same way.
5. Spread out all your straws evenly to form “spokes”. Begin weaving in and out of the spokes by taking your weaver over the first spoke, then under the next.
6. Repeat until you have a circle measuring 12cm wide. Turn five spokes to the right and tuck them into the edge of the circle (in between the weaves) and glue them in place. Trim the 10 spokes to 1.5cm lengths.
7. Hammer both sides of the woven mat to flatten it lightly. Turn the 10 spokes upright.
Follow steps 2 to 7 to make another woven round mat.
8. Cut a quarter strip of A4 magazine page into four along the width. Roll the short end of a piece over the wide end of a paper straw and glue it to make a straight bead. Make 10 paper beads.
9. Apply glue onto all the 10 spokes of the round mat. Insert the paper beads over to cover them.
10. Apply glue onto the spokes of the other round mat. Align the spokes with those of the first mat, and push them into position to join them together.
11. Cut a quarter strip of A4 magazine page into half. Fold the sides inwards to meet in HIS paper bag is a variation of the baskets that we’ve featured so far. The method we used to produce the base before is used to weave the sides of the bag. They are then joined together at the spokes and woven with flat paper strips to form the bag. Attach two handles and you are ready to wow your friends with your very own D.I.Y. fancy bag. Or present it as a handmade gift for your grandma to carry her mobile phone, spectacle case, packet of tissues, ointment etc!
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From magazine pages the middle. Fold the left side over the right to form a thin strip. Glue the folds together. Make about seven to eight paper strips.
12. Weave the strips in and out of the 10 spokes of the mats, alternating the strips in basket-weaving style. When you have finished weaving, turn the ends of each strip over the spokes and glue them in place. A paper woven bag is formed.
13. Follow step 11 to make six more paper strips. Push the ends of a paper strip into the side of the bag from the outside, at the top. Pull out the ends from inside. Form a loop and glue the ends to the back of the strip to secure them. This is the handle. Make a handle on the other side of the bag.
14. Glue the end of a paper strip from one end of the handle, and then twine it over to cover the handle. Attach another piece to finish covering the handle. Do the same for the other handle.
*Optional: Varnish the bag.