Aloha Infarrantly Creative friends! I could chat with you all day about how amazing Beckie is and how excited I am to be visiting her blog for a day! BUT…word is ya’ll already know of her awesomeness. You know of her crazy craft skillz. You know she’s super sugar-coated sweet and nice to everyone and anyone. You know she loves helping others and doesn’t mind sharing blog tips and info. And you know she’s wicked thrifty. So I’ll spare you the deets of my infatuation with her, and I’ll get straight to my tutorial. 😉 Today I am making a knock off wire basket.
I’m Charlie and I live on a little, tiny island in the middle of the ocean called Oahu. Anyone heard of it? Visited? Well, my husband and I just purchased our first home here, and we’re loving the aloha life. My blog, Attempting Aloha, chronicles our renovation projects and my crafty endeavors.
While I love me some Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs, the little Dave Ramsey angel on my shoulder keeps telling me to save my pennies. So every once in awhile I trick him by using random stuff around my house or making very small purchases to create my own versions! Nothing new to you, I’m sure, but hopefully this project will be. I opened my Ballard and PB magazines again this week, and these two items caught my attention:
26 gauge wire
1. 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. 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.
2. Make your creases/folds along the “wings” and then around the bottom and up the back.
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.
4. Cut your floral wire about 1 1/2 times the size of the side you’re going to sew up. Start at one end, and pull the wire almost all the way through. Leave about 1″ hanging out, and wrap through that first square a couple times, then weave it up the side.
5. Trim the ends of your wire, and shape your basket out! Easy as that. So for less than $3, and in under 1 hour, I saved $75-90 (depending on the catalog we’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.
Check out what else I decided to craft up for one of them:
Ahhh… Lovin’ the pleated ruffles and contrast of the drop cloth and wire mesh. I’m actually jealous of my magazines. Enough tutorials for one day, though. Stay tuned, and I’ll show you how I made them next week! Aloha, and thanks for spending the day with me. If ever feeling the winter blues, stop by my Attempting Aloha blog for some sunshine. We LOVE tourists. 😉 charlie