Chicken wire seems to be everywhere nowadays. I have used it in quite a few projects, and I love it! It’s cheap and easy to use. But, I’ve been eyeing some of those chicken wire cloches and egg baskets for a while now. So, I decided to try and make one myself.
Here is what I used:
1 wicker basket (if you have one with plastic or nylon weaving, I HIGHLY suggest using it; it’s much easier!)
A wire coat hanger
A pair of scissors
A pair of wire cutters
The other tools I didn’t end up using, but they made it into the “before” shot.
I took apart my basket by using a screw driver.
After I had unscrewed all of the sides, I was left with four wicker panels. Since I only wanted the wire frames, I went to town with a pair of scissors. Longest. Project. Ever.
This is what it looked like when I had cut away all of the wicker. Notice that I have only done one panel and this point, and look at the pile of debris in the back. This project is so messy!
What I had when I was finished.
I screwed the frame back together…
…wrapped chicken wire around it (ouch), and fashioned a handle out of an old wire hanger. I also cut a piece of wire to use across the bottom as support, so the contents would not bend the chicken wire. To make the dowel, I simply cut a 3 inch section of the cardboard from one of the wire hangers!
It looks a hot mess, but spray paint fixes everything.
I gave it a couple of coats of ORB (oil-rubbed bronze), and voila!
It’s not perfect, but that’s the fun of it. It also kind of makes it look old.
See? It’s kind of wonky, but whatev.
Doesn’t it look good with the new stain on the table? And notice the jute rug? I’ll save that for another post 🙂
Next time I do this (and I will!), I will use a basket that is NOT wicker to save time. I will also try to find some chicken wire that is a smaller grade, with smaller holes.
Other than that, I love this! It was rather time-consuming, and somewhat
dangerous painful, but I’m in love with the outcome!