Along with everybody else in the world, one of my new years resolutions was to spring clean the house. I am the first to admit that I am not the tidiest person! Along with getting rid of all the stuff I don’t need, getting the stuff I do need in some order was on the list. That means storage shopping! And storage can be expensive, especially the cool, industrial style wire storage baskets I was looking at. But you can get galvanised wire mesh on a roll quite cheaply at the DIY store, garden centre or even at the pound shop, so why no make your own?!
You will need:
-galvanised wire mesh with 2.5cm by 2.5cm / 1″ by 1″ square
-thick gardening gloves; I’m not kidding, this wire mesh is SHARP and will shred your hands if you don’t use gloves!
How to make a wire storage basket:
*the edges of wire mesh can be very sharp, I really recommend using thick gloves!*
1.We are going to cut out a flat ‘net’ (remember doing these with paper in school?!) of mesh that will fold up into a square basket shape. This is a diagram of my mesh net, which will make a basket that is 5 squares by 5 squares by 5 squares. The base (in red) is 5 squares by 5 squares, but the sides (in blue) are longer by a row (shown in green). We are going to fold that extra row over to make a nice smooth edge.
2.Now put on your gloves and start to cut the net out. I’m using fairly heavy wire cutters, not my little jewellery ones, as this wire is fairly tough.
3.Make sure that you cut as near as you can, so there are no long sharp bits of wire still sticking out.
4.Keep going until you have cut out your flat net.
5.Fold over the extra row on each side
6.Then fold up each of the sides. I also realised it was safe to take my gloves off at this point, which makes everything so much easier!
7.Cut a comfortable length of wire (mine was about 50cm) and use it to wrap around where two sides meet. You only need do a couple of wraps in each square. Repeat for the other sides.
8.And we are done!
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