Guest Post: DIY Wire basket Knockoff by Attempting Aloha
I LOVE Charlie over on "Attempting Aloha!" She's pretty fantastic and so is her blog! I fell in love with this knockoff design when I saw how much money she saved! I'm adding this to my to do list! Check out all her blog for even more inspiration! Thanks for sharing Charlie!
I opened my Ballard and PB magazines again this week, and these two items caught my attention:
So I went ahead and made a few of these:
Here's what you'll need:
1) Hardware cloth (wire mesh thingie stuff). I bought mine at a small local hardware store. It's 2' x 10' and cost just under $8.
2) Wire cutter thingies. I found these in my husband's tool stash. If yours doesn't have one, just ask your local hardware store for wire cutter thingies, and they'll send you to the right section. ;)
3) Floral wire. I used both 20 gauge and 26. The 26 was cheaper and worked better. Sweet. ;)
First, you will need to decide what size you want your baskets to be, and draw up a little sketch, so you can measure and cut one piece out. I used sizes close to the Ballard and PB hanging baskets, but I also created a few small ones for my daughters who insisted they needed them to play "Red Riding Hood", and I made a few for our hall closet that are 5" wide x 4" tall x 11" deep to put nail polish and hair frillies in.
The wall ones I made measured 12" wide x 4" deep x 10" tall. I calculated that to wrap a piece around the 10" tall back and 4" deep bottom and 10" tall front, I would need 24". PERFECT since the "cloth"is 24" wide. I cut across one side 20" (12" wide front plus two 4" "wings" that will be the sides).
Here's what it looked like after being cut out (Step 1 for anyone who's counting):
Step 2: Make your creases/foldsalong the "wings" and then around the bottom and up the back.
Step 3: Unfold and give it a little bit of shape. Don't stress too much about the form, though, until after we "sew" the sides together.
Step 4: Cut your floral wire about 1.5x the size of the side you're going tosew up. So for your 4" sides,cut it about 6".For the 12" side, cut it about 18".
Start at one end, and pull the wire almost all the waythrough. Leave about 1" hanging out, and wrap through that first square a couple times, then weave it up the side. I hit every square because I preferred the look, but every other also gets a good effect and saves on time...totally up to you.
Step 5: Trim the ends of your wire, and shape your basket out! Easy as that. So for less than $3, andin under 1 hour, I saved $75-90 (depending on the catalogwe're hacking here)!
And here they are all prettied up in my mom cave. I created a few labels and printed them out on photo paper, cut them out and then cut out a piece of fabric and sandwiched the mesh and some hot glue between the label and the fabric. Easy to swap out, looks like funky chalkboard paint, but no dust. :)
Curious how I hooked them to the walls?? I researched extensively, tried numerous hooks and nails, and eventually I came up with an innovative idea...wait for it... STAPLES! Yep. Good ol' staple gun across the top. Leaves tiny holes, so they're super easy to hide and/or paint over without patching when the time comes. I'm sure there are a million other ways to hang them, but this is what I had on hand, and it got the job done.
Check out what else I decided to craft up for one of them:
And I'll get the liner tutorial up asap. :)
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