Easy Chicken Wire Baskets

Happy $30 Thursday and August 1st!

For this round of $30 Thursday, I decided to make some chicken wire baskets that are both functional and pretty.

And they make me happy.

Easy Chicken Wire Baskets by The Wood Grain Cottage

They’re really easy to make… and cheap too!

Here’s how:

I started with a basic roll of chicken wire that I bought at the hardware store. The entire roll was around $15.

First, I rolled out the wire to my desired length and used a pair of metal wire cutters to snip it.

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Be careful… it’s sharp. Gloves are recommended.

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Then, I cut the corners of the wire with the chicken wire “grid”. I counted each “grid” and cut each side with the same amount.

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I cut each side of the chicken wire, making sure to leave a bit of extra wire on every side. The extra wire will be needed to connect everything together.

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I repeated the same thing on each side.

And was left with this:

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Then, I folded over each side and used a yard stick to make sure all the sides were straight…

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With the sides folded over, I used the extra bit of wire on each “grid” to attach all the sides together…

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Like this….

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With all the sides attached, I shaped up the basket by pulling or flattening the wire where needed.


I pretty much love them…

Easy Chicken Wire Baskets by The Wood Grain Cottage

And, they’re entirely versatile! Seriously.

Easy Chicken Wire Baskets by The Wood Grain Cottage

I’ve had the dark brown basket for a while, but I had the idea of adding a chicken wire basket to the inside. I’m simply loving the way they look together.

A lot.

It gives it that extra element of texture and color. It’s also a bit unexpected. And I love that.

Easy Chicken Wire Baskets by The Wood Grain Cottage

The square basket also works perfect to hold dinner plates… and I didn’t even plan that! A happy coincidence!

Easy Chicken Wire Baskets by The Wood Grain Cottage

The wire definitely wouldn’t be strong enough to support the plates on its own, but it’s that extra detail that makes all the difference.

Easy Chicken Wire Baskets by The Wood Grain Cottage

Easy Chicken Wire Baskets by The Wood Grain Cottage

These baskets are sooo simple to create…. but they look really fabulous…

Easy Chicken Wire Baskets by The Wood Grain Cottage

And even though it’s August, and very much still summer around here, I absolutely had to include a bundle of our freshly harvested wheat.

Easy Chicken Wire Baskets by The Wood Grain Cottage

I think I could look at this setting for a while…

Easy Chicken Wire Baskets by The Wood Grain Cottage

The breakfast nook is a pretty happy place these days… and ready for a party!

Easy Chicken Wire Baskets by The Wood Grain Cottage

Easy Chicken Wire Baskets by The Wood Grain Cottage

And there ya have it!

But really, these baskets could be used anywhere. I’m pretty excited about the possibilities…. They would look fabulous in a bathroom stuffed with towels and wash cloths or used as a welcoming basket for guests. Or they could be used in the office or craft room to organize all those goodies. OR, you could simply just make them to hang on the wall.

Endless possibilities, I tell ya!

And in true $30 Thursday fashion, April and Jen have created amazing projects too!

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April made this fabulous jewelry organizer… out of an old screen window…. say what? I love it!!

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And Jen will be sharing her project on Monday! Stay tuned!

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Lovely comments so far...

  1. It is simply gorgeous, Shayna!!! I don’t understand $30 Thursday…fill me in, if you have time:) Btw: I’m comin out 4 dinner!
    Blessings & <3

    • THANK YOU so much, M! $30 Thursday is on the first Thursday of every month and we each share easy DIY projects that can be done for $30 or less. It’s all about budget friendly projects! :)

  2. Cute, cute, cute! I particularly liked it used as a basket liner. It really shows up nicely against that brown basket.

    I’ve got some terra cotta pots filled with houseplants outside right now, and I think I’m going to corral them in a chicken wire basket. :-)

    Thanks for presenting such an easy and inexpensive idea!!

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

    • THANK YOU so very much, Marilyn! I love the liner too! It’s such a great contrast against the baseket!
      Your idea of making a basket to corral all your houseplants is brilliant! Love it! :)

  3. I could stare at that setting for hours too Shayna! wow! I can’t believe they are so easy to make and they look so pretty, I love how you add it against the brown basket and the one to hold the plates; wow, what a great idea! :-) love them Shayna and thanks for the ideas, now I need to find chicken wire too! :-)
    you continue to impress me with your projects!
    wish you a beautiful weekend too!

    • THANK YOU so much, Ingrid! You certainly spread a heap of sunshine on my day! I’m so happy you love them too!
      Have a fabulous weekend sweet friend! :)

  4. Love the baskets! Your table looks lovely too! Another great project in the books! :)

  5. These are great and as you said, the possibilities are endless. These would be perfect for extra linens in the guest room. Thanks!

  6. I love this Shayna! Sharing on Facebook today… and $30 Thursday is such a fun idea. I love how creative you girls are with so little money!! Awesome!

    • THANK YOU so much Krista! Every month I rack my brain to make something easy and economical! :) So happy you enjoyed it!
      Thanks for sharing on Facebook!


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