DIY Wire Baskets
- Hardware Cloth
- 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.
NOTE: (25 February 2014) The cut wires can be sharp so you may want to wear gloves.