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Attempting Aloha: Ballard and PB Inspired Wire Wall Basket

Monday, February 7, 2011

Ballard and PB Inspired Wire Wall Basket

Aloha!

Here's my tutorial for the DIY Ballard- and PB-Inspired Wire Wall Baskets (in case you missed it over at Infarrantly Creative last week).

I opened my Ballard and PB magazines again this week, and these two items caught my attention:

Pottery Barn

Ballard Design
So I went ahead and made a few of these:


Here's what you'll need:

1) Hardware cloth (wire mesh thingie stuff). I bought mine at a small local hardware store. It's 2' x 10' and cost just under $8.


 2) Wire cutter thingies. I found these in my husband's tool stash. If yours doesn't have one, just ask your local hardware store for wire cutter thingies, and they'll send you to the right section. ;)


 3) Floral wire. I used both 20 gauge and 26. The 26 was cheaper and worked better. Sweet. ;)


First, you will need to decide what size you want your baskets to be, and draw up a little sketch, so you can measure and cut one piece out. I used sizes close to the Ballard and PB hanging baskets, but I also created a few small ones for my daughters who insisted they needed them to play "Red Riding Hood", and I made a few for our hall closet that are 5" wide x 4" tall x 11" deep to put nail polish and hair frillies in.

The wall ones I made measured 12" wide x 4" deep x 10" tall. I calculated that to wrap a piece around the 10" tall back and 4" deep bottom and 10" tall front, I would need 24". PERFECT since the "cloth" is 24" wide.  I cut across one side 20" (12" wide front plus two 4" "wings" that will be the sides).

Here's what it looked like after being cut out (Step 1 for anyone who's counting):

UPDATE -- HERE'S A PIC WITH THE MEASUREMENTS FOR ANYONE WHO WANTS IT REALLY SPELLED OUT.



 Step 2: Make your creases/folds along the "wings" and then around the bottom and up the back.


Step 3: Unfold and give it a little bit of shape. Don't stress too much about the form, though, until after we "sew" the sides together.


Step 4: Cut your floral wire about 1.5x the size of the side you're going to sew up. So for your 4" sides, cut it about 6". For the 12" side, cut it about 18".

Start at one end, and pull the wire almost all the way through. Leave about 1" hanging out, and wrap through that first square a couple times, then weave it up the side. I hit every square because I preferred the look, but every other also gets a good effect and saves on time...totally up to you.


Step 5: Trim the ends of your wire, and shape your basket out! Easy as that. So for less than $3, and in under 1 hour, I saved $75-90 (depending on the catalog we're hacking here)!






 And here they are all prettied up in my mom cave. I created a few labels and printed them out on photo paper, cut them out and then cut out a piece of fabric and sandwiched the mesh and some hot glue between the label and the fabric. Easy to swap out, looks like funky chalkboard paint, but no dust. :)



 Curious how I hooked them to the walls??  I researched extensively, tried numerous hooks and nails, and eventually I came up with an innovative idea...wait for it... STAPLES!  Yep. Good ol' staple gun across the top. Leaves tiny holes, so they're super easy to hide and/or paint over without patching when the time comes. I'm sure there are a million other ways to hang them, but this is what I had on hand, and it got the job done.


Check out what else I decided to craft up for some of them:


Ahhh... Lovin' the pleated ruffles and contrast of the drop cloth and wire mesh. I'm actually jealous of my magazines. :)

I even made a few smaller ones for our hair accessories:




Here's the link for the pleated liners.

And here's the link for the hair accessories baskets.

So with the one $8 hardware cloth, I made 3 large baskets, 3 small baskets, and I also used a couple feet for another project I'll be showing later.

Total cost per large basket with pleated liner is approximately $1.50. The small baskets are about $.75 WITH liners. Pretty awesome, right?

Comparison: 
My three baskets:  $4.50
Three PB Baskets: $72
Three Ballard Baskets: $87

(And mine have liners...)

PLUS...you can customize mine for any space! Pretty stinking awesome!!

Aloha,
charlie

My DIY Baskets/liners are participating in the $5 competition on the CSI Project. :)

Visit thecsiproject.com

69 Comments:

At February 7, 2011 at 12:50 AM , Blogger Carly said...

OK, I love these!

 
At February 7, 2011 at 5:14 AM , Blogger It's A Priceless Life said...

I'm visiting from Keeping It Simple. I love the PB lamp and I love these wire mesh baskets too...especially the magazine holder - lined...so cool! My parents live in Kona - that's their home :)
I'm your newest follower...come check out my blog when you have a chance :)
Shantel @
www.itsapricelesslife.blogspot.com

 
At February 7, 2011 at 11:57 AM , Blogger Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

I love these! What a great way to stay organized and get things out of the way in a fashionable way :)

 
At February 7, 2011 at 5:47 PM , Blogger Breanna Veth said...

your newest follower!! LOVE all your cute ideas :) Cant wait to see more!

 
At February 7, 2011 at 6:36 PM , Blogger Rene said...

Very cute! I love those wire storage baskets, but not the price. Thanks for sharing a less expensive version.

-Rene

 
At February 7, 2011 at 7:18 PM , Blogger Nikki said...

These are beautiful! I might have to come up with a good spot for these somewhere in my house.

 
At February 7, 2011 at 7:49 PM , Blogger Jane said...

1. Love the basket. Especially the one with the drop cloth lining.

2. A friend from church has just moved back home to Hawaii and I really miss his testimony at church about living Aloha. Just seeing your blog title made me smile.

 
At February 7, 2011 at 9:05 PM , Blogger Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

What a great know off. These seem very easy to make. The liner just makes them so cute!

 
At February 7, 2011 at 9:12 PM , Blogger The Autocrat: Haley said...

You did such a good job! I actually made a tote out of wire . . I added wood to the bottom so it wouldn't sag. I am kinda indifferent about it . .. However, I really like your wall baskets.
http://theautocrathaley.blogspot.com/2011/01/ballard-inspired-wire-tote.html

 
At February 7, 2011 at 9:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never would have thought to make a wire basket!! This is so cute and I love the ruffle insert!

 
At February 7, 2011 at 9:32 PM , Blogger Laurie at Turner Farm said...

very clever!!!!! stopping in from coastal charm ~ Loving your blog

 
At February 7, 2011 at 9:42 PM , Blogger Honey at 2805 said...

Stopping by from Coastal Charm. You are just way to clever and crafty!

 
At February 7, 2011 at 11:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

GREAT IDEA. THANK YOU FOR SHARING. I WOULD BE HONORED IF YOU WOULD LINK YOUR SUPER CUTE BLOG UP ON MY BLOG STALKIN' PAGE.

http://alaynahoward.blogspot.com/p/blog-stalkin.html

 
At February 8, 2011 at 2:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ingeniously beautiful. Well done. I love wire baskets.

Cheers,
Lisa

 
At February 8, 2011 at 5:01 AM , Blogger {northern cottage} said...

awesome you rock girl! can't wait to see the liner tutorial oh my!

www.northerncottage.blogspot.com

 
At February 8, 2011 at 9:17 AM , Blogger Staci @ Life's Sweeter with Chocolate said...

LOVE LOVE Love this!!! I've been wanting to make a magazine rack! I'm adding this to my "idea files"! :)

 
At February 9, 2011 at 5:55 AM , Blogger Gina said...

Found you on the CSI project! You are super creative! I love it! I've been wanting some wire baskets as well! Thanks for sharing this project! I am totally going to start following you now!! {why does that always sound super creepy?? ha!}

 
At February 9, 2011 at 9:16 AM , Blogger Alison @ makeitworkordowithout.blogspot.com said...

I just found your blog through the CSI Project blog and am in blog love! You are incredible!
P.S. I have a pink Charly at my house, too. Her's is with a y, though.

 
At February 9, 2011 at 10:22 AM , Blogger A Prairie Girl in California said...

I am your newest follower:) l-o-v-e these:) thanks for sharing!!!

 
At February 9, 2011 at 2:27 PM , Blogger Katie said...

You are awesome! I just discovered your blog, and I love everything that I see!

 
At February 9, 2011 at 4:52 PM , Blogger Joy Beadworks said...

I love these baskets! The liner is adorable.
I'm a new follower!
www.joybeadworks.blogspot.com

 
At February 9, 2011 at 5:55 PM , Blogger ~Tammy~ said...

Very cool! The new liner is pretty darn cool! Just moved from Oahu after living there 9 years!

 
At February 9, 2011 at 9:44 PM , Blogger Amanda said...

This is great! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial!
Amanda - One Girl in Pink

 
At February 10, 2011 at 6:26 AM , Blogger Ruth said...

Love this idea. I love Pottery Barn and Ballards knock offs.

Ruth

 
At February 10, 2011 at 6:01 PM , Blogger Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said...

These are fabulous! Great job! Thanks for linking up!

 
At February 10, 2011 at 7:42 PM , Blogger Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

That is such a creative idea!

 
At February 11, 2011 at 6:17 AM , Blogger Becca said...

Charlie I love it!!! I'll be featuring this on BCD on Feb.21 st!

 
At February 11, 2011 at 9:05 AM , Blogger Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

how impressive and cute...love the ruffle liner!!

 
At February 11, 2011 at 5:01 PM , Blogger The Decorating Diaries said...

I really like these. I just used the hardware cloth to make a dress form and have been brainstorming other ideas to use it. I'll be trying this one.

Janet

 
At February 11, 2011 at 8:35 PM , Blogger FrouFrouBritches said...

I love these! I've been looking all over for the ones like Ballard's that don't cost a fortune. Thanks for the tutorial!

 
At February 12, 2011 at 6:26 PM , Blogger Natalie said...

I've been admiring these basket for awhile and love your detailed tutorial!! I have a roll of chicken wire in the basement... I wonder if that would work! Might just have to try it tomorrow!!
Thanks!
Natalie
http://aturtleslifeforme.blogspot.com/

 
At February 13, 2011 at 12:09 PM , Blogger Deb said...

I love your knock-offs! You did a fantastic job and a great tutorial too! Great idea!
Deb
http://splendidlycharming.blogspot.com

 
At February 13, 2011 at 12:56 PM , Blogger southernscraps said...

Fabulous! I would have never thought of that.

 
At February 15, 2011 at 3:08 PM , Blogger Lesa said...

I love this idea and especially love the liner you made for the basket! Suz at Inspiring Creativeness sent me the Versatile Blogger award and I'm sending it to you. Please visit my blog to get the details.
Lesa at Home-Frosting.blogspot.com

 
At February 16, 2011 at 1:19 PM , Blogger Leanne said...

Oh my gosh! These are so cool! I'm saving this tutorial for the future. I'm hosting We're Organized Wednesday this week and would love for you to join the party. http://organizeyourstuffnow.com

 
At February 17, 2011 at 10:53 AM , Blogger Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

What a knock-out knock-off! Wow!

I put this in my to-make file...

I'd be so happy if you could link this up to my party:
Creative Juice Thursday

 
At February 20, 2011 at 4:58 PM , Blogger April said...

uhm, I think this is the greatest tutorial I have ever seen! Imagine! I can make any basket in any size I want! Oh why does it have to be 7pm on Sunday night?!? i so badly need to run to hardware store!!!!!!!!! I would love love love if you would come link this up (and the liner tutorial too) @ my Sew Crafty Party!!! Yay...see stuff like this is why I blog! Take that grossly overpriced department stores! lol

http://wildflowersandwhimsy.blogspot.com/2011/02/sew-crafty-saturday.html

 
At February 21, 2011 at 9:38 AM , Blogger Van said...

WHAT A WONDERFUL IDEA!!!CONGRATS

VISIT: LIGHTTRIGGER.BLOGSPOT.COM

 
At February 28, 2011 at 12:46 AM , Blogger Wendy B. said...

thank you for such a clever idea. i had no idea i needed these so badly. i am sure to be making a bunch. and they will of course need liners right? metal and fabric come together ... two of my faves. thank you.
i also might go so far as to try some chicken coop wire too.
daring as that is!
xow.

 
At March 3, 2011 at 6:58 AM , Blogger laura@imnotatrophywife.com said...

love this! already a follower. What aisle do you find the mesh in? laura@imnotatrophywife.com

 
At March 7, 2011 at 8:44 AM , Blogger Erin said...

I love this! I recreated some Ballard Designs office file cabinets last week - originally $60 bucks for each basket and I made them for $20. You have such great ideas and I'm your newest follower! I'd love it if you'd follow me back: http://stillwaterstory.blogspot.com/

Again, you did a fantastic job with these!! :-)

 
At March 9, 2011 at 5:36 PM , Blogger longview said...

I just bought the hardware cloth today...can't wait to make this. You're sooooooo smart! Thanks for sharing

 
At March 16, 2011 at 9:30 AM , Blogger Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

I heart these!! Thanks for auditioning for OMTWI!!

 
At March 23, 2011 at 10:05 PM , Blogger Suzanne said...

Amazing and Beautiful -- a great combination!

 
At March 23, 2011 at 10:28 PM , Blogger Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

Fabulous! I love that you used staples! Who'da thunk it?! Brilliant job.

 
At March 24, 2011 at 12:55 AM , Blogger Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

Your baskets are so adorable! They are such a great knockoff for such a great price. I think I'll be making some of these. Thanks for sharing!

 
At March 24, 2011 at 6:20 AM , Blogger Kim @ seven thirty three said...

These are great! I love the lines with the little ruffle!

Stopping by from CSI.

 
At March 24, 2011 at 7:46 AM , Blogger Kara said...

Simply beautiful! I am totally in love with those pleated liners. Off to check out that post. :)

 
At March 24, 2011 at 12:26 PM , Blogger Catherine said...

Lovely! My favorite are the little ones with ruffled liners. :)

 
At March 26, 2011 at 6:22 AM , Blogger Jewel said...

Love, love, love it! Designer look on a truly affordable budget. Great tutorial, awesome blog!

 
At March 26, 2011 at 6:48 AM , Blogger Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Fabulous! I loved the ones in the PB catalog too, but yours are definitely the right price! Great work.

 
At April 1, 2011 at 2:13 PM , Blogger Kim said...

Great idea! I've been looking at these baskets in the catalogs for a couple of weeks but just couldn't justify the price. Check out my DIY project with mason jars at www.adodsons.net (blog post: redneck revolution)

 
At April 5, 2011 at 8:15 AM , Blogger Melissa said...

Love Love it! I want some! Yet another for my long list of to dos!

Melissa @juiceboxdreams.com

 
At April 18, 2011 at 1:02 PM , Blogger Kim @ seven thirty three said...

Thanks for entering the Knock It Off contest - don't forget to add a button so you don't get disqualified!

 
At April 18, 2011 at 1:39 PM , Blogger Amy (naptimecrafters) said...

These are AMAZING! Thanks for auditioning for American Crafter- good luck:)

 
At April 18, 2011 at 7:27 PM , Blogger Kerrie P. said...

Love the make your own basket!! Saw your post on Sunday and made them on Sunday!!! Fun & easy. Thanks!

 
At April 19, 2011 at 7:43 AM , Blogger UrbanCottageDecor.blogspot.com said...

Stopping by via "That's My Letter". They are so cool and I will be making some ASAP to hide the mulitple GI Joes and barbies that live all around my home.

Cheers!
Lisa

 
At October 31, 2011 at 8:23 AM , Blogger Adin B said...

That's very, very clever. My husband has some leftovers from his previous project and I sure hope I get the time to make some of these. Thanks for sharing. :)

Adin B

 
At January 14, 2012 at 6:17 PM , Blogger mamacyn said...

Love this!! you go girl the liners... OOOOH YA! you quite the DIY Diva!!

 
At January 15, 2012 at 1:32 PM , Blogger jo said...

lovely and clever......!!!!!!!!!!

 
At March 19, 2012 at 8:38 AM , Blogger Stacy said...

Pinning this! Thanks so much for sharing! We just moved and this is ideal for several things. Great tutorial.

 
At April 20, 2012 at 1:34 PM , Blogger Joe Fowler said...

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At May 10, 2012 at 11:39 AM , Blogger Krista said...

Great! And customizable. Are there any sharp edges, especially along the corners?

 
At May 10, 2012 at 1:15 PM , Blogger Serendipity. said...

YOU ROCK!!!!! Thank you!

 
At May 12, 2012 at 5:57 AM , Blogger Bennett, Katie, and Co. said...

just curious. How are these holding their shape?

 
At April 25, 2014 at 2:37 PM , Blogger AL491 said...

How would I work out dimensions for oblong baskets I'm a newbie to DIY lol thx

 
At April 25, 2014 at 2:37 PM , Blogger AL491 said...

How would I work out dimensions for oblong baskets I'm a newbie to DIY lol thx

 
At May 8, 2014 at 10:05 AM , Blogger alana bohni said...

I was wondering what to do with all my plastic, paper and gift bags. I decided I wanted to store them on the wall in my laundrey area, so I searched the net. Everything is so expensive, but I found your page, so awesome! I will be making these this weekend. Thanks!

 
At May 18, 2016 at 3:45 AM , Blogger max den said...

amazing post

 

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