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Friday Fun PAPER SERIES Weaving Baskets out of Newspaper

In our paper series we’ve been looking at creative, USEFUL things to do with the paper that bombards our lives. Starting with newspaper.

Newsprint, remember, is sturdy and fairly durable. Last week we looked at making yarn out of newspaper; this week we’re making baskets:

Newspaper Baskets

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This craft works on the same weaving technique many of us used with construction paper hearts in grade school. You begin by folding whole sheets of newspaper into strips–roughly, into 1/8ths–then weave each strip under and over to form the sides.

( NOTE: While the technique used is a simple one, this project takes a lot of TIME, PATIENCE, and PLENTY of newspaper. You’ll need about 96 folded strips of newspaper to make one basket!)

What Else Will You Need?

■a scissors
■a stapler
■craft glue

Find the complete tutorial here.


Friday Fun Pt 3 Smokey Paprika Chicken

Yes, you read correctly: Friday Fun has a 3rd part this week–something that’s never happened before, but when you see this bird, you’ll agree, something that looks this stunning CAN’T be left waiting in the wings.

Roasted Chicken with Smoked Paprka

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See what I mean! This recipe lines up all of the usual suspects for roasting chicken with the star of the show being the Smoked Paprika, of course. Two things that are different, though are its lower roasting temperature of 350 and the relatively short roasting time of 1 hour + 15 minutes.


2 Tbsp smoked paprika
2 Tbsp melted unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic crushed
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 whole 4-5 pound roasting chicken
4 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp lemon juice

*My variation: I prefer crushed garlic cloves to garlic powder, and mix together 8 oz creamy style cottage cheese with 8 oz softened cream cheese and stuff cavity liberally before roasting.

Bake @ 350 Degrees for 1 hour, 15 minutes.
See the original recipe Here.

Friday Fun Pt: A Lego Table is Born

This week is a double-craft edition of Friday Fun because I saw something totally awesome for kids 10+ See how a modified Ikea table becomes the perfect Lego lab. REALLY COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!


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I know it’s early to think about holidays 2012, but what a great workshop project. For the entire project, Holly from Quirky Mama paid around $200, which sounds expensive until you divide that cost by 3 to 4 children and oodles of hours (maybe even years) of fun. For the full pattern,Click Here