What do you see when you look at a pile of packaging paper?
To most people, it’s just a pile of brown paper that was used to protect their product during shipment. And I’m sure that the majority of people recycle the paper without even thinking twice about it. But what about those creative DIY-ers? To them, it’s a pile with potential.
What do you get when you give a DIY designer a pile of packaging paper and a sewing machine?
A woven basket that can be used for just about anything.
Brett Bara, host of the Emmy-nominated television series Knit and Crochet Now, author, talented designer and DIY blogger, collected the paper from several packages she received from some online shopping. Noticing the durability of the packaging paper, she decided to reuse it to make a woven basket which she now uses to hold supplies. “The pieces were really nice and long, and they just seemed to have so much potential. I couldn’t bear to just stuff them in the recycling bin,”Bara says in her blog.
Using packaging paper, hot glue, paperclips and a sewing machine, Brett created a simple pattern to construct the woven basket—she detailed the step-by-step instructions on her blog, “FREE PATTERN: SEWN + WOVEN BASKET.” It’s amazing what used packaging paper can create!
More than just packaging paper.
Bara proves paper can be used for just about anything! Think outside the box and create something uniquely innovative. If basket weaving isn’t your thing, you could always keep the packaging paper and use it the next time you have to ship, wrap or store something. Fold it up, store it and use it again and again. Whether it’s keeping a product safe during shipment, or holding a pile of yarn and needles, our packaging paper does the job, and it does it well.