Monday, May 9, 2011

Homemade Vintage Locker Inspired Basket

I have been wanting a vintage locker basket for awhile now
 but I couldn't bring myself to spend almost $20 for one.
 So, I thought why not try and make one.
 While cruising around Big Lots this past weekend
 I found these 2 canvas covered baskets for $5.



They have a metal frame and the canvas is velcro'd on.

I removed the canvas and measured some hardware cloth I picked up at Goodwill for $1.99.


I then took needle nose pliers and bent the cloth over the sides.
Doing the 2 larger sides first. Then the bottom. Then the 2 smaller sides.
I think it turned out perfect and only $4.49.
 I still have WAY more cloth to do the other basket if I choose
 and probably 2 more after that.
 What a deal for $6.99 total, huh?

44 comments:

{northern cottage} said...

turned out super cute! you are brave...I don't know that I could have cut up the new ones! your end result is great! worth the risk.

Amy Kinser said...

Great idea! I love when people think outside the box. Sometimes it happens with me but normally I am a pretty good copycatter.

Julie said...

Very nice. Great job. I think I have that same white urn on my new desk I just posted about.

Jill said...

Stopping by from Shabby Chic Cottage's Transformation Thursday. That is an awesome redo on the locker basket! It looks just like a vintage one.

New follower - off to read some of your other great ideas :)

Jill @ JunkyVagabond

Courtney said...

Oooo. What a great idea!! Looks so great!

Green Willow Pond said...

Love this idea! I have a question though. Did you trim away all the overlap and just bend the spokes around the metal bars? I don't see any overlap on your edges. It looks perfect!

Renee {Shabby, Chic and Charming} said...

This is really a great project! You'd never know it wasn't the 'real' thing.

I'm your newest follower! Hope you'll stop by and visit me soon at Shabby, Chic & Charming!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Great, great idea!! Thanks for sharing!

June@I will craft said...

Great basket. I'm loving the basket transformations I've been seeing lately. I think I'll be on the look out for hardware cloth or wire to make my own transformation.

The Uncluttered Lifestyle said...

As i read this I said out loud, "That is stinking amazing. I love it." I'm passing on to you the Versatile Blogger Award.

Jodi said...

Your basket looks amazing! I love the look of of the locker baskets too!

Jodi

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Such a great idea!! Would love for you to come share at Feathered Nest Friday- the party is up late due to blogger issues but is going on right now! Great job on this- I love it!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Ooooh, I LOVE this. I didn't like how floppy the plain hardware-cloth baskets were. This is a great solution!! Can you tell I'm excited??

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I have those bins (before). ;) They look amazing in wire!! Great price too.

Thanks so much for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. Hope you'll stop by Serenity Now again soon. :)

Audrey Pettit said...

Wow, how awesome! These turned out fabulous, and such a bargain, too.
Visiting from Feathered Nest Friday. TFS!

Jen said...

I love a great bargain!

Christina said...

I featured this on my blog today...you did an awesome job!!

http://christinasadventures2010.blogspot.com/2011/05/sunday-features-20.html

Jenny said...

That is awesome!

TheCraftInMe said...

So cool, you did a very nice job. I will have to try this!

The DIY Show Off said...

I love vintage wire baskets - you did a fantastic job! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity in the DIY Project Parade! I'm including a link back in tomorrow's highlights. ;)

Roeshel

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Wow, you did a great job on this, Deanna! It looks so much better! I need to find some baskets for a dresser I'm redoing {it's missing two drawers}. I'd love to find something like this for it.

Tiffany said...

Two thumbs up! I have plenty of those canvas baskets that just don't "go" anymore... now I have to find the wire.

Theresa said...

genius!!! Your new basket is fabulous! xoxox

alison said...

this is brilliant...and something i would not have thought of in a million years of trying...and perfect since i can't bring myself to fork out $20 for a basket either!

such a follow worthy project...i would love for you to link this to fridays unfolded this week!

alison
stuff and nonsense

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Totally awesome!

Pjjunker said...

Wow! It's so weird when I find out that someone was having the exact same thoughts. I'm stopping on my way home tonight to buy hardware cloth for another project and was thinking about making a basket, too but couldn't figure out the frame. Thanks for the tip! Hope our Big Lots has the baskets!

Elisabeth said...

How creative! Your basket is lovely.

Amy said...

I LOVE this! I am heading to the Home Depot and Big Lots today!!!!

Amanda said...

I have been wanting to find a way to make my own locker baskets! This is a fantastic idea! I love it! great job!
-Amanda

DomesticJenny said...

Great idea!

Melissa said...

Wow! Your basket looks fabulous!!!!!
So creative!

vintagemellie.blogspot.com

gail said...

wow!
catching you this week!
gail

Jennifer said...

I love this, I sat down and tried to construct a frame from my old dry cleaner hangers (I will eventually find a purpose for those) but it failed. I love love this idea. I am heading to my local big lots tomorrow!

Gail said...

Excellent idea!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Great idea! I have those same baskets. Now to find hardware cloth!

Full Circle Creations said...

Love it! Thanks for sharing!
Holly

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Cute!
love this idea...may be making me some baskets!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Deanna - Your baskets are super cool - such a brilliant idea. I love the wire locker baskets and your version is fabulous! Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase Party - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this Sunday. Have a wonderful week.
~ Stephanie Lynn

Katy said...

Brillant! What a great idea! Can't wait to go to Big Lots in my area and see if they have any of those bins :0) Blessings, Katy

Allison said...

That is a great idea!! Makes me thing of other things I can make with the hardware cloth.

Donna G said...

Just made one of these according to your tutorial. Worked out great. I am trying to figure out how to put a handle of some sort on it.

Lindsey said...

Did you secure the wire with anything? Or just wrap it around? ?

Jennifer said...

what a great idea! very inspiring...thanks for sharing!

Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos
http://decoratedchaos.blogspot.com

Craigslist Lockers said...

Nice low-cost vintage locker baskets!