Hey, there! This is Cher from Designs by Studio C with another super-easy DIY project! I know most of you are in full swing with your summer gardens and this project is perfect for gathering all of those delicious veggies you’ve been growing! This awesome little basket is constructed out of pallet boards, wire mesh, and jute rope…
What You’ll Need:
- 3 pallet boards
- ¼” galvanized wire mesh (aka Hardware Cloth)
- Jute Rope
- 1-1/4” brad nails
- Wood Glue
- Sandpaper (80, 120, 220 grits)
- Drill with an 11/32 bit (or a bit smaller than the diameter of the rope)
- Stapler and staples
Pallet boards are rough by nature so start by giving them a thorough sanding starting with the 80 grit sandpaper, then the 120 grit, and finishing with the 220 grit.
I cut the boards for the sides of the basket at 12” and the boards for the ends of the basket at 8” – you will need two of each for each basket.
Make a mark on each end at 4” in from the sides and 1” down from the top. Drill the hole in each end for the handle. Assemble the basket frame using glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. The end pieces will overlap the side pieces.
Cut the wire mesh for the bottom of the basket. I made cut the wire four squares wider than the bottom of the frame on each side, and cut a notch out of each corner. I stapled the mesh to the bottom of the frame.
Fold the sides of the mesh over the outside of the frame. I used a hammer to help flatten the mesh, then I stapled the mesh in place.
The handle is made by crocheting a chain with the jute rope. Make a beginning loop, then draw the rope through the loop making a chain the desired length.
Cut the rope and pull the end through the last loop to knot it. Thread the ends of the rope through the hole drilled in the ends from the inside, then knot the rope on the outside.
That’s it! Super easy, right?
The wire mesh makes it easy to rinse the veggies right in the basket because some of us (pointing the finger at myself) can’t wait to eat them! Fresh garden veggies – yum!
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