A Little Wire Easter Basket

Vicky Kloppenborg
by Vicky Kloppenborg
While out snooping around sales last summer, I paid a whole quarter for an old, wire downspout guard. It was a little bent, but the wire was good and not brittle from rust. I’m always attracted to, and compelled to buy wire objects, and it looked like something I thought I needed.
I caught a glimpse of the dusty and forgotten object on a shelf in my workroom last week. With Easter right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to make a little basket for my “gathering” buddy, Jean. She’d get a kick out of it.
I cut the wires down about 1 1/2″, except for two (opposite each other) which I left for handle arms.
The cut wires were coiled down to form a basket rim. The long wires were bent, about 1/4″ down, to form L shapes and then wired securely in place.
A short piece of weathered, 1/4″ wooden dowel was cut for a handle. Drill a small hole in the center of each end of the dowel piece, at least 1/4″deep. Age the fresh cut wood ends with thinned, gray paint, and sanding. Hook dowel between the handle arms.
You could simply leave the basket it’s original color here. I would suggest touching up any plier scratches and marks with a black patina.
I chose to lightly dry brush my basket with white, craft paint, then gave it a sanding.
I had a gorgeous vintage twist on earring and I couldn’t resist adding some bling to cover the knot of the tea stained strip of vintage fabric tied under the coiled rim.
I waxed, then speckled, a small dried egg gourd to nestle in the shredded, brown paper beside a small, metal, bunny candy mold.
Done!  I can’t believe how easy this project came together .. a quick afternoon upcycle if you have all your supplies handy.
Happy Easter!
Vicky Kloppenborg
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  • Dixie Dixie on Mar 15, 2017
    I've lived several places in the States but have never seen one of these. Can you buy them at stores? If so, which? Your idea is fantastic!

  • Cardiopro Cardiopro on Jul 15, 2020

    I like the thicker shreds you used in the basket. Did you make them or buy them? Very cute project!

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