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A Tisket, A Tasket, Make a Supercool Basket!
Copycatting Country Living Magazine

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My niece snorted at me the other day when I showed her this latest DIY of mine. Not because she didn’t like the end result, but because I told her I copied it from one I saw and loved in Country Living Magazine.

“Did you ever think you’d see the day when you’d be looking at Country Living Magazine?”

She has a point. But I don’t think I’ve changed. I think Country Living Magazine has. Gone are the days of chintz and dancing roosters on the kitchen counter. There’s a certain country charm to every single one of the pages.

Without, you know … conjuring up images of Hee Haw.

I’d have to say it’s my all time favourite magazine right now. House Beautiful and Architectural Digest has some stunning design but … a lot of times I can’t imagine living in those rooms. Country Living however … I could move right in, throw a blanket on the couch and watch a movie. They do country chic. Elegant country decorating that always looks modern and up to date. Not corny or cheesy.

 

 

So when I saw this basket in the June issue I knew I had to make it.  Firstly because I loved it and secondly because it looked ridiculously easy to make.

I started out making a version that involved steam bending wood.  Then I decided if I was going to share this DIY with all of you … chances are only one of you would ever consider making anything you needed to steam bend wood with a homemade steam bending contraption.  So I  nixed that idea.

(if you’re that one person, let me know … we’ll talk)

 

Instead I found a way to make a reasonable facsimile out of everyday objects you can find quite easily. I found all of these materials in my potting shed.  But most of you will have to buy/scrounge/find a few of the materials.

 

You’ll need:

 

1 peach basket (local produce or grocery stores will have and gladly give you one. Farmers markets try to hold onto theirs but I’m sure you could persuade someone to sell you one for a couple of dollars.)

1, 12″ round cork mat I bought mine at the hardware store for $5, but they’re also available in craft stores.  Dollarama in Canada has 9″ ones for $2)

A long length of jute twine, string or bailing twine.  (again … available in hardware, craft or Dollar stores)

Hot glue gun

2, 1/2″ wood screws

Hardware Cloth or Chicken Wire  (available at hardware stores and sometimes garden centres)

2 wood paint sticks, or other thin, 1″ – 1½” scraps of wood cut to fit height of basket.  (15″ in my case)

Wire snips

Scissors

I N S T R U C T I O N S

1.  Carefully pull your peach basket apart.  All you’ll be using are the round, thin pieces of wood that go around the top and bottom of the basket.  Using your wire snips or a screwdriver pull the staples holding it together out.  Be careful to not break the long length of thin wood.

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2.  Cut a piece of hardware cloth to fit whatever sized piece of cork you have.  For a 12″ piece of cork your hardware cloth will have to be 38″ to wrap around it, by however high you want your basket.  I made mine pretty big at 15″  high.
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3.  When cutting your hardware cloth make sure you leave one of the long ends with the pointy bits still in tact.  You’ll be bending these over to act as support for the cork at the bottom of your basket.   Just bend them at a 90 ° angle with your thumb.
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4. Once you’ve bent the ends down, roll your hardware cloth into a tube and tie the edges together with a piece of string or jute.  (I started off using green coated wire thinking you wouldn’t be able to see it but changed my design midway through the basket to something where you would see the wire.  So I took it off and replaced it with jute string)
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5.  Stand your cylinder on the ground and place your cork bottom inside.

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6.  Make sure your tines are pressed up tight against the bottom.
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7. Hot glue the tines to the cork.  If you need to, shove something in between the hardware cloth and the cork bottom to keep it pushed up tight against the tines while you’re gluing it.  I’ve just used a bit of mulch.
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8.  Cut the ends of your peach basket strips so they’re straight.
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9.  Hot glue the strips along the bottom and top of your cylinder.  Use clamps if you need to to hold the strips in place.
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10.  Place a final wood strip around the inside of the top of the basket and hot glue it.
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11.  To finish the top edge of the basket (cause all that hot glue and wood is messy looking) just run a length of twine or string along the edge and hot glue it.  If your twine isn’t thick enough to cover the whole edge, just double it up and twist it.
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12.  Cut your thin pieces of wood or paint sticks to fit the height of your basket.  In my case, 15″.  Dab hot glue on each end … 
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… and stick them to the side of your basket.  Like so.

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13. Hot glue your final piece of peach basket wood to the sides of your basket, leaving enough for the handle.  Just eyeball whatever looks good for the length of your handle.

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14.  Since the peach basket wood is so thin, reinforce the handle by gluing another one or two pieces of peach basket wood to the underside of the handle.
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15.  Screw a ½ screw on the inside of the basket to hold the handle in place, so you aren’t relying on the powers of hot glue alone.
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And admire.
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I’m already planning on making another one of these.  Mainly because this one turned out a LOT bigger than I thought it would.  This one I’m going to use inside in the winter beside the fireplace for kindling and rolled up paper.

In the summer it’s on the porch with magazines in it.

The smaller one, I plan on making this weekend will be for gathering vegetables from the garden.

The difference between my basket and the one in Country Living, is the one in the magazine has “feet”.  But I decided I liked the look of the basket with just the two strips of wood along the sides where the handles run (as opposed to the 4 the basket from the magazine has).  To make feet for the basket to stand on I’d need to add 2 more strips of wood to the outside of the basket.  I didn’t wanna.  So I didn’t.

What I actually like better about my basket is it already looks old and worn. That comes from using an old, worn peach basket. Keep that in mind when you’re picking your peach basket out. If it’s old and worn that’s how your basket will look. If it’s new and clean, that’s how your basket will look.

Country Living.  Snort.  Not only am I looking at it, I’ve subscribed to it.  In more ways than one.

 


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98 Responses to A Tisket, A Tasket, Make a Supercool Basket!
Copycatting Country Living Magazine

  1. JebberA says:

    Agsin with the great creative stuff … Sheesh. I sure do admire your brain.

    • Karen says:

      It’s reallyyyyyy easy to make. Took a few days to figure out how to best do it, but not that I’ve figured all the stupid stuff out you should be able to make one in a jiffy. ~ k

  2. Oh yep, gotta make one for garden goodies! Thanks for the great idea. Oh, and I love Country Living too, your so right the images are always very live~able.

  3. Aimee says:

    It looks great. And now of course I have this need to go to the store and peek into a Country Living Magazine.

  4. Mary says:

    I have the wood steam bending contraption & have used it. Just saying. Love the basket.

  5. Lynne says:

    Can we do a tradesie ? You can sleep in my treehouse if you bring me this basket. Deal? DEAL. :)

  6. Diana says:

    It`s really nice! I would like to follow you wherever you will go-hihi
    but I`ve got one problem….
    in our whole country you can only get rectangular baskets. I have never ever seen a basked like yours:o(
    and now??? any ideas???

  7. Jill says:

    Country Living is my favorite magazine, and I don’t really consider my design style very ‘country’. As I was reading the supply list, I was thinking “wait, I think I have a peach basket AND hardware cloth in my shed!!! AND I have the day off tomorrow…Bwahahahaha! Thanks!

  8. Nicola Cunha says:

    It’s on my list now! Thanks Karen!

    Nicola in Montreal

  9. kathryn says:

    great “how to” Karen; i like your basket without feet. but you’re a bit contradictory re: your favourite magazine – either Country Life is your all-time favourite or it’s your favourite right now. come on, admit it, i think you mean all-time – reckon you’d secretly love a few back-up dancing roosters on your kitchen counter.

  10. It looks great and all… but if I managed to get my hands on one of the gorgeous peach baskets, I think I’d just call it a day! In the UK they definitely don’t deliver peaches in those. Not tacky, bulky, plasticky, or wasteful enough.

  11. mimiindublin says:

    It looks FAB! And great that you can make it in different sizes.
    I’m amazed at how you see something in a magazine and then set about making it, lol! I used to do that with knitted stuff, but it’s so long now I think I’ve forgotten how to knit.
    Mmmmm, maybe I should try knitting a basket?

  12. magali says:

    I think I’ll make this as a Christmas gift for my inlaws, they keep their wood in an ugly cardboard box!

  13. Brenda says:

    Genius Karen..LOVE. [I could be that one, already thinking of the possibilities, bending wood is more fun than you can imagine]

  14. AnnW says:

    Amazing! I don’t know how you think up all these things! Ann

  15. christine says:

    Fabulous,dahling.And since you showed us just how much work a blog was I really appreciate it.

  16. Beckie says:

    I just renewed my own subscription last night! *chuckles*

    your basket turned out nice =)

  17. Brenda says:

    I saw the same picture, and had the same thought to make one myself. Instead of a peach basket; however, I used 1 inch wide half-round reed as my inner and outer rims, and sea grass as the filler. I used an oval base, but I will try a round base on the next one. I too am using it as a magazine basket.

  18. mia pratt says:

    I love it, I’m inspired to try and make a variation on yours, since there are no peach baskets where I live. I’m actually a big fan of Southern Accent magazine, too, which is stuffed with fabulous cool and glam country beauty with a southern twist. There’s a bit of that Gone-with-the-Wind white-gloved debutante lingering within the covers but, like British aristocracy or Manhattan society, I enjoy a vicarious trip through a different perspective now and then. Thanks for this great post<:} Mia

  19. Erica says:

    Love it Karen!

  20. elise thomas says:

    Love it! I think I’m inspired to go find a Country Living magazine again, too :)

  21. JackieVB says:

    Funny thing about Country Living magazine, I just started flipping through it when I go to the hair salon. And I know I hadn’t bothered with it in years for the same ‘dancing rooster’ reason. (Even though I love rooster and chicken themed stuff in my kitchen.) Like the basket idea for the garden.

  22. You are amazing! I too love CL (although H.B. runs a close second.)

    Now, where to beg borrow or steal a peach basket in the desert? Hmmm.

  23. Melissa says:

    You make it look so easy.I’m pretty sure if I made this, someone would mistake it for an animal trap. That my four-year-old assembled.

  24. Laura says:

    You are just so clever! I love this.

  25. Dawna Jones says:

    I’m with you on Country Living! Magazines adapt to what the trend is and that one is no exception,although I am a modern lover I still think that magazine has a lot of beauty to offer!
    http://www.dawnajonesdesign.com/

  26. Carla says:

    A nice finishing touch would be to add a braid of twine or second round of cork to the bottom to keep the hardware cloth from snagging or scratching floors. A perfect rainy day project.

  27. Trissi V. says:

    That basket looks awesome! I tried making a chicken wire hanging basket a few months ago. The only way anyone could ever use it, is if they already had their tetanus shot.

    I think I may try my hand at making this next weekend.

  28. Tara says:

    You are so talented! Really. Love your blog!

  29. You know, I feel the same way about a lot of decor magazines. Beautiful rooms, but not really livable. I don’t want to feel like I’m in a museum when I wake up everyday.

    It turned out great!

  30. Trish says:

    You are so awesome.

  31. Val says:

    Hey Karen! Awesome job on the basket – - LOVE IT! I’ve got an idea for another project for you… how about making the same kind of basket but taller that will hold rolls of wrapping paper? Are you up for the challenge??

  32. charlene says:

    I totally agree with you about Country Living Magazine. I just picked one up last month at a friends house to glance at. It has changed,and I like it!!!! I also love your basket.

  33. Sarah A. says:

    This is great! And now I might also have to get a subscription to Country Living. I feel the same about Architectural digest, cool looking rooms but not very homey. Now I’ve just got to find a peach basket!

  34. Love this! I desperately need an umbrella stand for my mudroom, and despite lots of ideas nothing seemed right. I think this will work really well! Oh, and a suggestion in case the wire on the bottom scratches your floor you could always add another round of cork to make a wire-cork sandwich.

  35. Laura McG. says:

    That’s why we read your blog: you figure out all the stupid stuff for us! Couldn’t help noticing you have no weeds in your cracks….
    (Haha, just put that in here to try to get your site high-jacked again!)

  36. Marion says:

    I love Country Living! One of my friends from Las Vegas actually turned me on too it. Thanks for the basket instructions, I might try making this for my mom, she would love it!

  37. Shauna says:

    You are truly amazing! So many people look at a picture and say, “I could so make that”, but you actually do – successfully! I love this basket. I would just love to have a peach basket. I can’t imagine my local grocery store would have one let alone give it away, but don’t know till I try.

  38. Kathleen says:

    Have you ever heard of Garden and Gun Magazine? It’s not at all what it sounds like… features art and culture and cool stuff from the southern half of the United States… BUT…. would seem right up your alley.
    http://gardenandgun.com/
    I don’t even need or want a wire basket, but your post is so dang inspiring I might need to try it just to see if I can do it!
    Thanks for brightening my work day….

  39. Kim from Milwaukee says:

    Karen, you’re brilliant! I love this basket! It’s one that I hope my cats won’t decide to scratch on for a change.

    I’m wondering…what if I were to make those side pieces of wood a bit longer for feet?? Guess I’d have to add a couple on the sides for four feet…wouldn’t want it tipping.

    Now I’m off to find a bushel basket…hopefully one a cat hasn’t found first.

    • Karen says:

      Kim – Yes, that’s how you would make the one with feet. I decided I liked it looking more open. That’s why I didn’t go with the feet. ~ karen!

  40. Barbie says:

    Thanks Karen! I needed a veggie basket for my garden! I am SO gonna make this!

  41. Elle says:

    Stunning

  42. Shelley says:

    Karen, would wood edging that you use for counters work (if a peach basket isn’t available)?

  43. Laura Bee says:

    Oh wow, lovely, you’re going to get me in trouble…hubby can’t stand baskets. But I really love this.. Just going to pin it for now.

  44. kelliblue says:

    as my SILs tell me, “when doing country, you want to make sure it’s country with a ‘C’ not country with a ‘K.”

    I think that basket is definitely a C.

    And you get an A.

    So now that you’re weaving your own baskets, does this mean you are *officially* nuts???

  45. Karen says:

    Good job! Might have to make one of these as I just pulled a large roll out of the front pasture! Thanks for the inspiration.

  46. Brook says:

    Speaking of steam-forming wood, have you ever considered making a Shaker basket/box? For example:

    http://www.wooden-box-maker.com/making-Shaker-boxes.html

    http://bentwoodboxes.com/

    http://www.shakerworkshops.com/catalog/view/shaker-oval-boxes/Shaker-Oval-Knitting-Carrier/13C46

    They’re the baskets to which I compare all other baskets. Yours *is* very cool, by the way :)

    And the wire drum/wooden collar can also make a great form for a floor or hanging drum lamp.

  47. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    W0W Karen..I think this is one of your best..Love it..I love Country Living too..

  48. Janet says:

    Is there corn in that there basket? By golly it looks like it!

  49. Gayla T says:

    I just happened to notice apple baskets in my daughter’s garage a couple of weeks ago and asked here where they came from because usually you have to kill someone to get one. Her daughters grand parents on the other side retired from being a college professors to owning an orchard and they give her a basket of apples every year so……I know where I can get one. I don’t remember what we were talking about but a while back I told you that I know a woman who makes wire cages for a living so I can get the wire from her. Gosh, I might have to actually buy the cork. As for the HeeHaw in Country Living, I’m having a chuckle at a girl who has chickens in her back yard having an aversion to HeeHaw. HaHaHa He Haw! My favorite magazine now that they are all uptown is Romantic Living. It changed a lot, getting away from that awful Barbie Pink. Now why would Barbie Pink bother me when I’m buried under a mountain of Barbie-itis. School starts tomorrow and I get my house back. Yeeehaw!

  50. Kathy S says:

    Karen, I am inspired by your barrel with the fern on it and the broom – I have all of those and never thought to put them together on my front porch!
    I saw a picture in a log cabin mag yesterday with a small woodstove on the porch with a mum in it and thought – I have one of those in the storage closet in the basement and never thought to put it out on the porch either! Is there not an original idea in my head, or what!?

  51. Karen says:

    You made me giggle because I too never thought something like Country Living Magazine would be my favorite either! for added strength on the bottom, you could glue another cork trivet on, sandwiching the tines between the two?

  52. Karen says:

    I totally love this. I’m going yo try a version of it really soon.

  53. Brooke says:

    Brill.Iant.

  54. Emily says:

    Awesome, nice work. I feel like we all get caught up in “instructions” but in reality, although it may not be exactly what you are mimicking, you can kinda guess on a lot of things and even if it looks different, it becomes an original!

  55. Marilyn says:

    So cool. – want to try it soon

  56. Alex says:

    Seriously, first the bird feeders, now this? Stop. I have too many freaking craft projects in my basement and suddenly I am like omg Karen did it again. You are a terrible influence. In a good way.

  57. Jen says:

    I’m a big dummy and thought you were making the big barrell BEHIND the basket so I was confused for about 90% of the post.

    Then it clicked so I re-read it and it made awesome sense and I’m just a dumbass who ignores things in the foreground.

  58. I just found your website–I am instantly addicted!
    Such WONDERFUL, creative ideas…written with such humorous, incredible style.
    How refreshing!
    Cheers to a wonderful week!
    ~Lisa

  59. Heather says:

    I was thinking you could the embroidery hoops could be easier to use & easy to get they are already shaped

    • Karen says:

      Heather – You could, but I wanted to use things I already had around the house, plus I wanted it to look authentically old. You wouldn’t get that look with an embroidery hoop. I’m not sure … do they make embroidery hoops that are 12″ around? They might. That’s some big embroidery, LOL! It would work for a newer looking basket though. ~ karen

  60. Jae8888 says:

    That’s neat. Which issue of Country Living did you find that project?

  61. beth says:

    Yours is the funniest blog i’ve ever read! You are hysterical! Thank you for sharing all of it! I have been laughing for the last hour!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Beth. Feel free to pass that sentiment on to anyone and every you know. Even people you don’t know would be O.K. I mean, they might think you’re a bit of a whack job, but … that doesn’t really affect me so I’m O.K. with it. ~ karen!

  62. Beckie says:

    Ok this turned out very cool, what a useful item and very creative! I’ll have it up on my FB!

  63. evie says:

    i admit it… i too would just use the peach basket and call it a day.

  64. Finally, six months after you first posted this project, I’ve made my own basket! Mine is an umbrella stand instead of a magazine/kindling basket. Thanks for the great tutorial and the inspiration!

  65. Comet says:

    I am a bit late to the table here but–To steam wood –not in your tub either—get a piece of galvanized PIPE bigger and longer than your wood.

    Get the end pieces threaded. You can buy pre-made pieces this way or the store can do it for you if you need a really odd size–just make sure that your wood will fit in it both width and length wise. Get the SCREW ON CAPS for the ends.

    Wet your wood–and add SOME water to the tube when you place the wood in there. Not too much!

    Place your pipe on your grill or your fire or I would think one of the small burners like Karen used for the Maple Syrup project would do–and if it is too short prop up one end and then cook until you feel the wood is pretty steamed up. Make sure you are extremely CAREFUL when you open this and you should let it cool down some. Eye protection and body/hand protection needed here–just in case! Then remove your wood and when you determine that it is properly soggy to bend use some thing in the same shape and size to bend it around–or use a pattern–and tie it; clamp it; stake it–to let DRY and take he curve.

    I think this is from the Southern series done back in the 70′s of “old timey mountain ways” which titles I am sure I will remember oh about 3 in the AM. They tell you how to make ‘shine; baskets; weave–I am sure a quick Google would find these for you. Several volumes and all were as I remember amazing.

  66. Katie says:

    This is so awesome and I actually like yours more! Thank you for the tutorial :)
    ~Katie

  67. Nicole says:

    I love the basket!! I am going to try this for sure! I was looking for a way to make a Garden Hod but this is a close second! If you ever want to try a garden Hod for veggies in the garden I would love to see those plans too. Just a hint;)

    • Karen says:

      Hah! I was actually given the Lee Valley garden hod this winter when I spoke at a Seedy Saturday event. So I’m not sure I’ll be making one. :) It’s probably be easy enough. I’d start with bamboo, chicken wire or hardware cloth … Uh oh. ~ karen!

  68. Susan says:

    You are a genius! Thanks for the tutorial! I’m making one myself!
    Susan

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