DIY Metal Wire Basket

Below you will find steps with illustrations on how to make a DIY metal wire basket.

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OVERVIEW

  • Experience Required: Medium
  • Tools Required: Protective Gloves, Tin Snips, Needle Nose Pliers,  Marker, Tape Measure, Staple Gun
  • Materials Required: Welded Wire Mesh, Thick Cardboard

 

STEP 1) Cut Out the Cardboard Base

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  • The first step is to decide the diameter you want for the basket.
  • Mark the round base of the basket with a marker.
  • Cut it out using tin snips.

 

STEP 2) Cut the Mesh

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  • Take a roll of welded mesh and cut down enough mesh to be able to wrap it around the base.
  • Make sure that you leave excess wire on one side of the mesh so you can secure the ends together.

 

STEP 3) Attach the Mesh

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  • Secure the ends of the mesh by weaving the excess wire at one end through the holes on the other end, then bending it backwards to create a hook.

 

STEP 4) Twist Loose Edges Around Vertical Wire

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  • Make sure to wrap the loose wire edges completely around the vertical wire at every 5th hole so it doesn’t pull apart.
  • You can then adjust the height of the basket by cutting down the mesh with tin snips.

 

STEP 5) Secure the Base

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  • Insert the base into the cylinder, to about a 3-4cm depth, then cut into the mesh at intervals to help with the round shape.
  • Push the overhanging part of the mesh against the bottom of the base, then use a staple gun to attach them together.

 

STEP 6) Smoothen the Top of the Basket

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  • Use tin snips to cut down all the wire edges that poke out at the top of the basket.
  • The edges should be completely smooth in order to not scratch you or snag onto anything that is stored in the basket.

 

STEP 7) Cut the Rope Handles

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  • Select a type of rope that suits your style best – make sure it’s thin enough to fit into the holes of your mesh.
  • Cut two equal lengths that will be enough to form the handles.

 

STEP 8) Attach the Handles

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  • Weave the rope through the holes of the mesh and knot the two ends.
  • Make sure that the knots are big enough so they don’t get pulled out through the holes.

 

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