Friday, March 25, 2011

Tutorial: Making Wire Baskets

This is the year that we are concentrating on becoming more self sufficient.
I can't help feeling like we need to be prepared for anything, especially in the wake of the earthquake in Japan.
Oh, we have been praying for those poor people.

Growing our own organic food is a big part of preparation for me. 
I am planting a bigger garden and have my peas {which I am planting every three weeks}, potatoes {Russets and Yukon Gold}, 400 onion starts, and a box of spinach and lettuce.

We may not all have the space to plant a huge garden, but anyone can plant a small one.
It is so much fun and the benefits are great!

 I have really been wanting a nice harvest basket. You know....something to put all of your picked lettuces, carrots, potatoes, and other veges. We eat straight from the garden all summer, so I usually end up making two or three trips inside. I just adore wire baskets, and this morning I thought about what we had laying around to make one. It's all about what you have, not what you don't have.

Here is what I came up with. 

" The Market Basket."

Would you like to make one of your own?
Here's how...
You will need:
 At least 4 feet of wire.
 I am using 1/2 inch woven wire. It is pretty stiff. You definitely don't want thin and flexible wire.
Go for something that is really sturdy.
Wire snips.
Needle nose pliers.

Cut your basket out.
You really could make it any size.
My measurements were as follows:
Cut a rectangular piece of wire 33 inches long and 23.5 inches wide.
The basket is as follows:
Base: 20" long by 10.5" wide. I measure this out first and mark it with tape or a water soluble marker that you can wipe off.
The long sides are 20" by 6.5" high.
The short sides are 10.5" by 6.5" high. 
Don't cut each individual side out....cut from one solid piece of wire.
 So, you already have your base marked. 
Now, come up 6.5 inches for each side.
Here is the MOST IMPORTANT detail.
Leave a long wire every other snip down the sides. {You can see how I did it in the picture below}.
You will use these to secure the sides!!

 You will be left with a little square in each corner to discard.

Try and snip as close to the edges as possible to prevent any sharp points.

Next, wearing gloves, fold up each side.
Try and make your edges as crisp and neat as you can.

Now comes the tricky part.
To secure the sides together you need to bend each little wire around and then use your needle nose pliers to fasten them completely around.

This takes a little time, but here is how it should look.

After you have secured all of the sides, your basket is almost ready!
It will be a little uneven. 
That's OK.
 Bend things to get them as straight as possible.
Then try and find a heavy object, like bricks, that will fit inside the basket.

Place the bricks in the bottom of the basket and let her sit there for a while.

Now, turn it over and set the brick on top.

Your end result is not supposed to be "Martha" perfect, but is really charming.
I added ticking handles and just tied them on.

I am so excited to use it this summer.
Meanwhile, I think it will look wonderful occupying space in the house:).


I am sharing HERE.    


Leslie said...

this is great and so clever..i love the fabric handles.

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

Great basket. Kimberlee,

Unknown said...

Your idea is great - thank you for this inspiration!!!

Hope, you'll have a joyfully weekend ;)

Keep Home Simple said...

This idea is amazing! I have had gardening on the brain the last couple of weeks. Our family just finished planting most of what we want to plant already. But I was just thinking today, I need something big, besides a kitchen bowl that I have to make several trips with, to transfer all the garden goods to the house. This is perfect! I'm definitely sharing this with my husband this weekend. I think we have some good wire on hand too! Perfect!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Sooooo nifty! I'm going to keep my eye open for cool looking wire. This is so easy to pull off. Love your material handle idea too. :)

I shared your link on FJI Facebook this weekend. :)!/photo.php?fbid=10150167946331141&set=a.192514281140.164586.175378011140&theater


Emily said...

such a cute and creative idea! darling!!!

Emily said...

you have such a darling blog with so many cute and fun ideas! I am your newest follower!

shannon i olson said...

great idea!!! after our snow melts......I will have to go out and dig around in the yard and find some wire!

The Pennington Point said...

Oh yes! We make these for our veggies as well. We also use them for cleaning up weeds, carrying eggs, holding toys in the yard, etc. But I have never thought of making ticking handles. That's so cute! We just use leftover baling wire to make handles, but yours would be much easier on the hands. :) Thanks! Lisa~

Amanda said...


What a neat idea!

I am completely in love with the cloth handles too. It's positive I will be making some of these.

Way to go on your gardening! I'm certain you are right in saying that we truly need to be prepared to live more self sufficient. We never know what lies ahead of us and I think it's wise to plan ahead and become more educated about it. Planting, freezing, canning, etc.

And I have a feeling that God is smiling upon our families who are working hard to do this.

Great post Julia!

Kimmie said...

awesome, cute, functional and boy do I wish I had some of your great creativity. You rock girl.

mama to 8
one homemade and 7 adopted

Sommer said...

Julia you are one busy girl! Everything looks great! Thanks for linking up to the VIP party this week =)

Linda Stubbs said...

Noticed you are a new follower to Prairie Flower Farm.........welcome. I love the Market Basket tutorial..........very very sweet!!!!!! Just wrote you an email for permission to talk about this on my blog. Adorable.........I want to make some smaller ones so I can sell my baby chicks at the Yoder Auction. Thought this would work out perfect. I would have to make a little lid. Hang a sweet tag.............hmm you made my day!
Must go........Momma kitty is having her kittens on the back duck hatched this morning in the incubator.........Spring has sprung on our farm!

Blessings from my farm,

Sandy said...

Hi Julia,
What a great idea. I really like the handles.
Gives it a soft texture touch.
Love it...Have a good weekend. And thanks for sharing this tutorial.

no spring chicken said...

Now this is my kind of crafting! I love wire, I love baskets and I love making it myself. Thank you!! Blessings, Debbie

LadyJayPee said...

That is a very clever idea. I made something SORT of similar, also made of the same "hardware cloth". :) Only mine is larger and lower to the ground; and I turn it upside down to cover my strawberries so the sun and rain can still get in, but rabbits and other creature can't get at them before I do! Just came across your blog today and am enjoying it. Thank you!

LibbiesHome said...

What a cool idea! I wonder if I could make it work with chicken wire? (Just bought a roll.) If I do, I'll post about it with a link back to you and let you know. Thanks for sharing!

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Debbie Nelson said...

Your blog is an old one, so I hope you get this. I love your wire basket tut! There's snow on the ground in Indiana and it's cold so I didn't really want to go outside to my storage area where the chicken wire is, so while I was waiting I found a roll of that protective wire mesh you put over your gutters. I thought well the dimensions would be messed up, but I found that I could cut out 2 18" lengths and make a cute little 6" square basket that will be adorable with things stored in it on my new shelves in my craft room that I'm remodeling. Thanks so much for the idea and I can't wait to get to my chicken wire!

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