How to Make the Cutest Outdoor Dollar Tree Fence Basket

5 Materials
50 Minutes

If you're looking to add some life to an outdoor space, then grab some fencing from the dollar store to create this cute summer basket.

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Plastic garden fences

1. Gather materials

For this project, I am going to start with some flexible plastic garden fences that I picked up at Dollar Tree.  

Black flexible fence for garden bed borders

You will need four of them.  

Cutting off the stakes of a plastic garden fence

2. Cut the fencing

To start, I am going to take two of them and cut the bottoms off. I used regular scissors for this part and I was able to cut them easily. 

Overlapping two plastic garden fences

3. Create the sides of the garden basket

Once the bases were cut off, I laid the two pieces down and overlapped them a little. 

Securing floral wire around two garden fences

To secure the two pieces together, I cut little lengths of floral wire and wrapped them around both pieces of fencing.  

Upcycling plastic garden fencing

I secured the fences in several different spots so that they wouldn't wiggle too much. 

Creating a circle with two flexible garden border fences

Next, I wrapped them into a circle. 

Securing the circular basket sides with floral wire

I wanted the pieces to maintain that round shape so I overlapped the pieces a little bit again and then secured them with more floral wire.  

Rustic garden fence DIY

4. Create a base

With the circle created, I laid it over top of another piece of fencing.  

How to make a plastic fence basket

I made note of where the circle fell on the flat piece and trimmed the excess off and then secured it to the circle with the floral wire. I started by tying the four corners to the circle and then did a few more places so that it kept the shape I wanted.   

Cutting off excess plastic

After the bottom was secured to the circle. I went ahead and cut off the excess that was sticking out.  

Cutting a plastic fence in half

5. Create a handle

Next, I wanted to create a handle for the basket. I started by taking the last piece of fencing and cutting it in half.  

Removing stakes from a cut plastic fence

With the piece cut in half, I wanted to trim down the two pieces until they were a shape I liked. On the bottom piece, I cut off the spikes.  

Dollar Tree flower basket DIY

I also trimmed off some of the high pieces.

Trimming off the hoops and points from a plastic fence

On the top piece, I trimmed off the hoops and the points.  

How to make a basket handle

I secured the two pieces together with the floral wire, one over top of the other to create the handle. 

Attaching the handle to the sides of the homemade basket

Once they were secured together, I needed to attach them to the basket. I started on one side and held the end of the handle on the inside of the basket and tied it in place with the wire.  

How to make an outdoor basket from fencing

Then I bent the hand and tied the other side in place as well.  

Painting the DIY basket

To give the basket a beautiful rustic vibe, I used some Rustoleum paint to paint it white. 

Adding the finishing touches to the DIY flower basket

6. Finishing touches

To finish off the basket, I wanted to add some twine to the handles to give it a nice decorative feel. The twine also helped to secure the handles in place.  

Wrapping twine around the handle of the basket

I wrapped twine all around both ends of the handles and some in the middle of the handle as well.  

Flower basket DIY

And here is the final piece, isn't it gorgeous?

More Outdoor Ideas

For more clever projects to update your outdoor space, read this fancy floating fountain DIY tutorial.

Homemade rustic basket filled with flowers

Dollar Tree fence basket tutorial

I love how this basket turned out and it only cost a few dollars. I filled it with flowers and moss and placed it on my screened-in porch.

Let me know what you think and if you decide to make one, I would love to see your creations in the comments

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  • Dolores Dolores on May 27, 2022

    Good morning - just a thought after seeing the wonderful creation you made....I wonder if you could make "fake" porch trim like what you see on Victorian house porches?

  • Sue Sue on May 27, 2022

    That's adorable! Is it sturdy enough to actually lift by the handle, or is the handle just decorative?

  • Hollyjolly😃 Hollyjolly😃 on May 27, 2022

    Very clever! It reminds me of old wrought iron. Thanks for sharing.🥰👍

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  • Patricia ruffino Patricia ruffino on May 05, 2023

    I love this idea! Great video! I will be making these for my daughter in law for her beautiful new home for Mothers Day. I will use small tie wraps instead of the wire so it will be rust free during the rainy weather days!

  • Bea Bea on May 06, 2023

    Great idea to use as table decorations for graduation parties or weddings!