Create Your Own Wire Baskets

5 Materials
2 Hours

I always seem to need a basket for a specific space in my home and I can never find the right size to purchase.
This time I decided to make one to fit. I love the way it turned out.
I started with Hardware Cloth. We had some of this for a project we were working on so we already had the 24' width.
It comes in varying widths and lengths so depending on what size basket you need you can get the right size.
You have to do a little bit of math in this project, yuck! But I could handle it. Figure out how wide, long, and tall you want your basket. Mine is 17 wide, 15 long and 3.5 tall.
3.5 is as tall as I could go due to the 24" width of the hardware cloth. Use tin snips to cut the piece you need. Be sure to add the height measurement x2 (two sides) to the width and length measurement when you cut.
I needed a piece that was 24 x 22. (17 + 7 = 24 and 15 + 7 = 22)
Then mark the spots to cut the corners out to form your sides. I needed to cut 3.5 inches from the corner over and up to find the cross point.
Mark it with a sharpie then use the tin snips to cut out the corner. When I cut I left the little wires hanging on one side so I could wrap them around the opposite side to hold the corner together.
When all four corners are cut, use some sort of a straight edge ( used a piece of wood) to bend the sides up.
Get some needle nose pliers or some small jewelry making pliers to wrap the wires around the opposite side.
After you have the basket wired together work with it until you have the shape you like. Mind had a little twist that got better but did not go away completely. But when I put the fabric in it it was just fine.
I love making my own organizational boxes and now baskets. I have made some very stylish bins using diaper boxes. They look great.
If you like this sort of thing, be sure to sign up for my email/newsletter. You also get a free printable to make a great gift for someone when you sign up.
I hope you will check out other posts on my blog as well.

Suggested materials:

  • Hardware Cloth  (Hardware Store)
  • Tin Snips  (Hardware Store)
  • Sharpie Marker
See all materials

Top Hometalk Projects

30 Reasons We Can’t Stop Buying Michaels Storage Crates
30 Genius Ways To Make The Most Of Your Closet Space
17 DIY Projects You Can Start And Finish Tonight
30 Great Jar Ideas You Have To Try
15 Pieces Of Furniture That DIYers Built From Scratch
21 Totally Terrific Things You Can Do With Doilies
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
15 Genius Curtain Ideas To Instantly Upgrade Your Space
30 Unusual & Helpful Gardening Tips You'll Want To Know
These Upcycling Ideas Will Blow You Away!
17 DIY Projects You Can Start And Finish Tonight
29 Of The Best DIY Mirror Projects Ever Made
15 Amazing Ways To Get Your Patio All Ready For Summer
30 Ways To Use Old Jeans For Brilliant Craft Ideas
31 Coastal Decor Ideas Perfect For Your Home
Michelle James

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

3 of 4 questions
  • Andrea Booth
    on Sep 13, 2016

    Were the little cut edges sharp? Do you need to file them?

    • Ava Batte Jordan
      on May 9, 2017

      Another tip: a heavy dot of hot g;u on the snipped bit prevents snagging on contents, or you 😎
  • Jennifer Johnson
    on Oct 5, 2016

    Is this material rust-proof? I would like to make storage baskets for the side of my garden tub for shampoo bottles, etc.

    • Grace Gleason
      on Feb 23, 2020

      Yes, it is rust proof---EXCEPT for the cut ends. Galvanized wire is always rust proof.

  • Matty
    on Oct 25, 2016

    Thank you for the inspiration. A few of my cabinets are narrow and deep and I have been looking for a basket. This is what I did after I saw your post

    , I had to frame it somewhat because of the height
    • Lyn
      on Feb 23, 2020

      Reply to Christie.... probably a large washer and nut on the inside of the wire and knob screw through the wire. Then tighten.

Join the conversation

2 of 107 comments
Your comment...