WOVEN TOTE MATERIALS
• Heavy double-face corrugated cardboard • Water-base polyurethane (We used Minwax
Polycrylic in a satin finish.)
• Utility knife
• Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
• Heavy cotton webbing (We used about 10 feet.)
Step 1 Brush two thin coats of polyurethane on one side of the cardboard, letting dry between coats. Flip cardboard over and repeat steps. (The polyurethane will make the cardboard water-resistant.)
Step 2 Place cardboard so ridges are parallel to the 2-inch side of all strips. Cut nine 2×36-inch strips and seven 2×48-inch strips.
Step 3 Pull each strip over and down the edge of a table (A): first one side, then the other. This flattens the corrugation and gives it a leatherlike texture.
Step 4 Weave two of the 48-inch strips, centered, through all nine of the 36-inch strips to form the tote bottom. Bend the 36-inch strips up on both sides (B).
Step 5 Start the sides of the tote by weaving a 48-inch strip through the vertical strips. About three-quarters of the way through, position the strip to see where its two ends will meet. Trim to fit. Hot-glue ends to the cardboard underneath.
Step 6 Repeat process to weave the four remaining
48-inch strips. After all horizontal strips are woven and glued, measure and trim the vertical strips so they can be bent over the horizontal strip on top to create a finished edge (C). Hot-glue the bent portion to the cardboard underneath; half will be glued to the outside, half to the inside. For best results, trim each vertical strip (before gluing) so it ends at the bottom of the uppermost horizontal strip.
Step 7 Determine strap length. Cut one piece of cotton webbing and glue one end into place on the bottom of the tote. Loop webbing up and curve back down to go under the tote again. Repeat on the other side to create a second strap, bring the webbing underneath the tote, and overlap the strap ends before gluing. Glue all surfaces with which the strap comes into contact. Let hot glue cool completely before using the tote.
BOXY CARRYALL Give old boxes a new spin by turning them into a tote to take to the farmers market, above. Gluing straps to the sides and bottom of the tote will allow you to carry up to 25 pounds. For a richer color, paint on a water-base protective finish before cutting the cardboard into strips.