Okay, the other day, I showed you a wire basket that I made out of a roll of fencing I had out in my garage.
I promised drawings that would show you how it all went together - so I hope this helps. It's really very easy to make. The fencing is just awkward to handle and really poke-y - so you might want to wear long sleeves!
Here's my roll of fencing. For this basket I just used the top, wider-spaced, portion of the roll.
Using some sharp wire cutters, snip off a piece of fencing that, once rolled into a circle, will give you the size basket you want.
Cut off the top row about halfway between the section. This will leave some straight pieces of wire that can be rolled into the little scrolls at the top of the basket.
Using a needle-nose pliers, roll each piece of wire into a little scroll. Then, where I have the arrow, cut each piece of wire, leaving a piece about an inch long on the end of each row.
As you can see above, you also want to cut off the bottom wires, but leave them long because they will form the bottom of the basket. You can always trim them down as needed once you get the shape and size of your basket determined. Then, curl those end pieces into little hooks.
Bend the piece of fencing into an oval (or whatever shape you're shooting for) and use those little hooks you just made on the side, to join the two ends of the fencing, thus securing your oval.
Last of all, bend each of the bottom spokey pieces to the inside/center of the basket . . .
Make more little hooks with each "spoke" and hook them together to form the bottom of the basket.
Then, if you could follow all this, you're done!!!
To finish off my basket, I made a little bird plaque with a great old advertising graphic from the Graphics Fairy. I cut a little section of some old cedar fencing and stained it.
Then just used Elmers Glue under and over the graphic - and added a little stain here and there.
I tied it on to one side of my wire basket with a little piece of jute. It's totally removable so I can change it with the seasons or for a specific holiday.
Feel free to email me with questions if my drawings are just impossible!
I'd love to see your finished products so send them along with an email and I'll add them to my post!
Savvy Southern Style
Savvy Southern Style