This old wire trash basket that is so lightweight it was always getting knocked over and getting bent.
It likely came from the Dollar Store, but I bought it for 25¢.
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I was so inspired by the wire basket cloche that
Ellie of The Lavender Tub made, I decided to do this before my little basket got too beat up. I forgot to take a picture with it right-side-up. Hop on over and see Ellie's beautiful cloche.
Ellie used a glass cloche to shape her wire basket, but not having a glass cloche, I just shaped mine by hand.
Took my wire cutters and cut the bottom off.
Then squeezed the little wire triangles together ... just kept working all round and lower until I got the size and shape at the top that I wanted. You can use the help of needle-nose pliers to pull the triangles together if your fingers are not strong enough.
Just thin wire with a coating.
I took this finial off this piece that was part of a lantern ... hope I don't find the bottom part one day and wish I had the finial back.
I fitted the squeezed wire to this finial, about 3½" opening. then took some fine beading wire and laced it through to secure the shape.
then I placed the finial over the wire ...
and using a flat washer-like piece that fit the opening, locking the wire in the finial; then tied it all together with a piece of lamp cord pipe.
... but I could not stop there ... I decided to light it up and added a light socket.
... it would make a nice "chicken-wire" cloche light ...not really chicken wire ... but let's pretend.
Much easier to work with than chicken wire.
I sprayed the socket gray so it would blend better.
Added electric wiring and
... now I can light up my displays.
Thanks for stopping by ... hope this inspires you to repurpose something you have and make something pretty.
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