Newspaper Flower Basket Cart DIY

9 Materials
8 Hours

On rainy days, like we've been having so many of lately, it's always fun looking around the house to see what you can get into and make! Don't you just love a project that uses stuff you already have and cost next to nothing to make - like this adorable flower basket cart made out of newspaper? Just perfect for summertime! Here's how you can make one, too!

Let's begin by making lots of newspaper tubes!

1. Fold a newspaper section in half and fold again so you have four sections, and crease.

2. Cut out the four folded sections and open .

3. Take a thin skewer stick and place on the corner edge of paper at an angle, as pictured.

4. Place the end tip of the paper over the skewer and start rolling the paper with fingers pressed down on the table first. Once you've started rolling the paper, lift up the tube so your left fingers are controlling the roll while your right hand is rolling the stick and tightening the tube.

5. Just before finishing the tube roll, add glue to the corner end tip and continue rolling until reaching the end to seal. You will need to make at least 15 or more tubes - depending on the size of the basket you want.

To make the basket:

Lay three tubes down vertically on your work surface and weave in three tubes horizontally, over and under, one tube at a time, making sure the tubes are side by side.

Next, take one end tube and begin weaving it around the other tubes, over and under, moving around in a circle, keeping tubes as close together, as possible. 

 Lengthen the weaving tube by adding glue in the tube opening and inserting a new tube.

Continue weaving tube around, over and under the other tubes, lengthening as you weave.

Once you've created a good round basket base, place it over the bottom of an upside down plastic container about the size of a basket you want to make and continue weaving around and lengthening the tube until reaching the end. It was easier for me to used a candle holder to set the container on while weaving.

Once you reach the end, glue down the weaving tube horizontally along the basket. Clamp in place until dry. Cut off vertical tubes, leaving enough to fold over, while adding a bit more glue and inserting into the woven sides to seal.

To make the cart wheel, flatten a new newspaper tube and wrap around a small cylinder shape, like an ink pen, adding a bit of glue as you roll.

Once you've rolled the wheel size you want, seal with additional glue and let dry. Carefully remove pen.

Next, cut the straight wire off of the hangers and insert each one into a newspaper tube.

Insert the wire tube into the wheel opening, half way and bend into a V shape.

Next, place the other wired tube across the bent tube. Place the basket on top, adjusting the space between for support and placement. Remove the basket and glue the straight tube in place.

Strengthen tube connections by wrapping cording in x-shape around tubes, knotting and cutting off excess.

Gently bend the long wired tube straight down on each side and then into a V-shape for cart stands, cutting off excess tube and gluing in place. Glue on short horizontal bar for more basket support.

Glue on basket to cart base, curling the cart handles and gluing together, and then . . .

painting it all.This adorable flower cart makes for a lovely floral arrangement accent piece - especially for the summer!

DIY home decor using recycled paper

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  • Mari Tarasovich Mari Tarasovich on Aug 08, 2019

    Just wanted to say how adorable this is and many of crafts I viewed on ur website. I will definitely be trying out some of ur crafts. Thank u for showing them to me and all the other people here.

  • Lauren. Lauren. on Aug 01, 2020

    Gail@PurpleHuesandMe, you are SOOO CUTE AND SPECIAL !!

    I adore most of your ideas. Very detailed on explaining steps (and showing pics of each step). Your creations are as cute as you are and I LOVE THEM. THIS WHEELBARROW CART VASE IDEA A DEFINITE KEEPER. 😘😍