DIY Ballard Wall Basket Pocket A

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.

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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:

Pottery Barn
Ballard Design
So I went ahead and made a few of these:


Hardware Cloth

Wire Cutters

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

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  1. These are great! I love the style AND the fact they're see-through. Awesome tutorial. Thanks!

  2. I absolutely love these! I think they would look great in my kitchen, but would they be sturdy enough to hold cookbooks?

  3. Those are adorable! And the lined one – PERFECT! I Love the pleats!

  4. Thanks for the great tutorial. I am so inspired that I may create a hamster playpen the same way. Isn't it amazing what we can do with hardware cloth and wire. Your lined example is especially nice. Thanks again.

  5. How cute…and clever! I love the basket with the fabric and ruffles! I bet those baskets would look good with a fresh coat of oil rubbed bronze spray paint too! I want to make one now!!! Thanks for the inspiration! Love your blog, I'm a new follower. Susan : )

  6. OMG this just gave me the greatest idea for a silverware holder in my pantry!!! i have been looking for something for utensils to free up more shelf space… and i think this will be the perfect project! thanks… and welcome to the blogging world! i will def be a fan! =)

  7. Looks great, Charlie! I would love to have some of these for our desk area in the kitchen. I'd love to see how you made the liners.

    I'll be back 🙂

  8. Wow, I have been scouring Good Will for wire baskets, why didn't I think to make myself? Thanks for the tutorial

  9. Charlie, can I tell you how much I love you? Honestly I have been coveting these for MONTHS now. I think I'll spray mine with a little orb and hang it in my office. Great tutorial!

  10. Thanks, ladies!

    TheBlissfullyBlessedWife- Yes, these are sturdy. But I'd recommend actually going to the store and buying a better wall attachment. Staples are not going to hold up cookbooks. There are lots of options out there, but I was too lazy to go to the store (60-minute round-trip commute to HD or Lowes).

    If you're extra concerned about the basket leaning outward, I also considered taking a hanger and wrapping it around the top similar to the Ballard one. You would simply need to cut about 1/2" down each of the corners and wrap it around a hanger formed to frame the top (if that makes sense). You'd probably also want leather gloves as the edges get very sharp when cut, and trying to wrap them around a hanger might hurt some fingers!

    And you ladies have spoiled the surprise with the ORB! lol That's what I've done for our hallway closet baskets I made. They'll be debuted along with my liner tutorial later this week or early next week.

    Aloha, and thanks for your comments and a big MAHALO to Beckie for letting me visit!


  11. These are super great. I'm really excited to make some of my own. I'll tackle these after I finish up my current projects. Thanks so much!

  12. Loved this idea, and tried it, and did it with the insert. I worked wonderfully and looks beautiful in the house.

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