DIY Wire Baskets

Let’s see a raise of hands.  How many of you have “organization” as one of your resolutions for 2014?  This includes everything from “organizing my kitchen” to “organizing my craft room” to “organizing my office” and more.  
Okay, next question.  Where do you go for inspiration?   Probably Pinterest, HGTV, and magazines, right? Now, you’ve found that inspirational room and it’s absolutely gorgeous!  You know the room I’m talking about.  Nothing is out of place, it’s all color coordinated, and all of the storage pieces match.  Oh, you are in LOVE!!
So, the next thing you do is search online sites and visit stores like Pottery Barn, The Container Store and Crate & Barrel.  You find that most amazing basket and it probably costs somewhere between $15 and $50, correct?  But wait, you need to purchase 6, 8, or 10 for your project!  You gulp at the price.  Well, today I’d like to share with you a quick, easy and VERY inexpensive DIY project that won’t kill your wallet!

DIY Wire Baskets

I absolutely LOVE the look of wire baskets.  The lines are so clean and simple.  At Pottery Barn the price (per basket) ranges from $35 – $80 and at Crate & Barrel you can find baskets for $14.95 & $16.95.  So a bit pricey.  Now, I’m going to show you how to DIY your own so you not only save money, you also can customize each basket to the size you need.
  • Hardware Cloth
Optional Supplies:
  • Pipe Strap 1/2″, 1″ or 1 1/2″ (I used 1 1/2″)
  • 2 Brads
  • Silver Spray Paint
  • Wire Cutters
  • Long Nose Pliers

Yes, you have read the supply list correctly.  For a basic basket, all you need is some hardware cloth. You can pick up a roll at your local hardware store.  At Home Depot, a 5′ x 2′ roll is $8.97.  In case you are not familiar with hardware cloth, here’s a peek at my roll.

Are you ready to get started on your first basket?  First determine the size and shape you’d like your basket to be.  I decided to make some small baskets to corral those little crafting supplies like washi tape & sketch pens. The finished dimensions would be 1.5″ x 1.5″ x .75″.

So, I first cut a square of hardware cloth that is 3.75″ x 3.75″ or 11 squares (my hardware cloth has square that are .25″).  Then, I removed a .75″ square from each corner…but NOTE…I left the “cross pieces” on one edge that will be used to secure the basket sides together.

Next, I folded my the sides up to form my basket shape.  Notice the extra wires on each corner.

Using long nose pliers, fold the excess wire over the opposite sides to secure your basket sides together.

Wasn’t that easy peasy?  Now I have lots of little wire baskets to corral all those little miscellaneous crafting supplies.  These baskets would also be a great way to organize a desk or junk drawer.

Now, if you decide that you’d like to embellish your basket with a “drawer pull” it’s super easy.  All you need is a pipe strap in the size you’d like.  Also, you will need two brads (found in the office supply section of your local discount store)….but they are gold so you will need to spray paint them silver.

Place your pipe strap onto your basket and push the painted brad through the holes.   Then, bend the brad “strips” and weave them into the hardware cloth to secure.

Wouldn’t your linen closet look amazing organized with wire baskets like this one?
Or how about your sewing room lined with wire baskets of fabric like this one? You could have a basket for each color of fabric.  I think it would look pretty sweet.
So to recap:
1.  Decide the dimensions you’d like your final basket to be.
2.  Cut a piece of hardware cloth.  The dimension of this piece will be the following:
(height + width+height) x (height + length + height)
3.  Cut out a square from each corner that is the following size:
height x height  (don’t forget to leave extra wires on one side)
4.  Fold your basket
5.  Using long nose pliers, fold the extra wires over to secure the corners
What organizational project will you be tackling with your new DIY wire baskets.

NOTE: (25 February 2014)  The cut wires can be sharp so you may want to wear gloves.

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