Chicken wire isn’t just for chickens! It can be used to make so many things. One such thing is a rustic wire basket. This DIY chicken wire basket is super easy to make and makes a great accent for a rustic kitchen.
You can usually find chicken wire in the fencing section of stores like Home Depot, Lowes and Walmart. I have even seen it at Michaels.
How To Make A Chicken Wire Basket
- about 24 inches of chicken wire fencing
- round unfinished wood piece for basket bottom
- white paint
- bark covered wire
- bushel basket piece or an old ruler
- round piece of felt to cover bottom of wood piece
Prepare The Chicken Wire Fencing
Use a tin snips to cut enough chicken wire fencing to make a cylinder in the size you want your basket. Trim the length of the fencing to the height of your desired basket height plus one inch. Once trimmed, bend the bottom of the fencing in toward you about an inch. The bent part will end up going underneath the wood piece to hold it in place.
Paint The Round Wood Piece White
I painted my basket bottom with white acrylic paint but you can paint it any color that works for you. If you want to seal the wood, spray on some matte or gloss polyurethane.
Bring Together The Wood And The Wire
Before I glued the wire to the bottom of the wood, I first wrapped the cylinder all the way around and began to secure the sides together by twisting the chicken wire ends together in a couple of key spots.
Once I had the chicken wire fairly secure, I glued the bent in wire to the bottom of the wood piece. I like E6000 craft glue but any good tacky glue should work. When the glue is dry, glue your felt piece to the bottom to cover up the wire. This also keeps the basket bottom from scratching any surfaces.
Add The Finishing Touches
Finish twisting the wire together at your cylinder seam. Use a thin length of wood, a ruler, or a section of a bushel basket to glue onto the seam area. I had an old bushel basket that I just cut a section from.
You can either leave the top of the basket plain or loop some barked covered wire around it like I did. I varied the sizes of my loops.
Isn’t it fun to make your own rustic decor!