How to Make Cage Wire Storage Baskets
Keep your kids' rooms neat and tidy with wall baskets made from a lightweight roll of industrial cage wire.
- 25' roll of 1x1" galvanized cage wire
- wire snips
- measuring tape
- needle nose pliers
- picture hanging nails
Depending on the desired size of your basket, use a measuring tape to unroll the proper amount of wire.
As the roll of wire is unfurled, lightly press it down to flatten.
Once enough wire is rolled out and flattened, begin cutting the necessary amount with wire snips.
Create T Shape
In order for the basket to take shape, you'll need to create a T shape. The base of the T will become the back panel of the basket, and the top of the T will be the front and sides. For proper scale and proportion, the top of the T should be approximately 8 rows wider and 6 rows taller than the base of the T shape. Leave two symmetrically spaced wires uncut along the bottom of the T base.
Fold the front of the basket upward until the 5 extra rows are perpendicular to the rest of the flattened wire.
Fold each of the sides back until all 6 rows are perpendicular to the bottom.
With the front and the sides shaped, fold the back of the basket upward.
Once the wire has taken shape as a basket, make sure it's straight by adjusting the wire as necessary.
Use needle nose pliers to wrap the edges of the sides around the edges of the back.
Curl for Hanging
Create hook eyes from the symmetrically spaced uncut wires by curling them with needle nose pliers.
Hang and Fill
Place the baskets on the wall, then secure in place with hammer and picture nails (or a drill and drywall screws, if needed). Fill with books, magazines, toys and more.