Easter brings with it a long weekend and the perfect lull in busy schedules to indulge in one of our favourite pass times: a beautiful DIY project.
Our last crafty undertaking was such a resounding success that we decided to return to our tutor, Fran from Fall For DIY, for some inspiration for an Easter-themed homespun challenge. Meet her latest creation, the DIY cooper wire basket.
Use for table decorations on Easter Sunday, use as a worktop tidy and for knick-knack storage forever and beyond. Join us as she shows us how.
What you’ll need
- 5mm copper wire
- 5mm copper wire (0.8 will work too)
- Masking tape
- Needle nose pliers
- Wire cutters
How it’s made
1. Find a small dipping bowl and turn it upside down. Measure a piece of the thicker wire that is long enough to cover the overturned bowl from one end to the other with a couple of inches to spare.
2. Cut three pieces of wire the length just measured and lay them across the bottom of the bowl equally spaced in a star shape. Tape them together at the centre squeezing the tape into place to maintain the spacing.
3. Bend the wires over the bowl towards the lip and then bend them over into the mouth of the bowl keeping a tight tension to hold them in place. Add extra security with masking tape to stop them sliding as you weave. These wires form your spokes.
4. Measure a piece of the thinner wire around the base of the bowl, add a couple of inches to the length of this and cut it. Wrap one end around one of your thicker wires, push it down to the lowest part of the bowl without it touching the base.
5. Take the long end of the wire and take it over the top of the next spoke and then wrap it under and around the wire to secure in place. Don’t wrap it too tightly so that the spoke can’t be moved or too loosely otherwise it won’t hold in place. Repeat until you reach where you started. Wrap the wire over and under the start of your wire and cut off the ends.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5, moving up the outside of the bowl as you go. Before you reach the top remove the tape from the inside of the bowl, unfold the wire and take the bowl out of the wire. You should see the bowl beginning to take shape.
7. Turn the ends of your wire into a small loop with the needle nose pliers.
8. Wrap another section of wire around the basket as described in steps 4 and 5, then one final time, threading the wire through each of the loops we made in the ends of the thicker wires in step 7. Cut off any wire ends and file down with a nail file to stop them catching.
More down-time craft projects are waiting, right this way.