I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Easter has got to be one of my favourite holidays to DIY here on the blog. I’m not sure if it’s that we’re edging into those bright, spring days which are getting longer and warmer (finally!), or feeling like I have tons of energy after being drowsy all winter, but I’m enjoying the build up to chocolate eggs and cute bunnies day. (Which is what I like to call the big E)
For me no brand encapsulates this spring mood as well as Anthropologie. I am in LOVE with their fresh, new kitchen ranges and I took my cue from those gorgeous copper reds and oranges to make these simple and provincial DIY copper wire Easter egg baskets. Just perfect for a lazy Sunday brunch.
Materials: 1.5mm copper wire | 0.5mm copper wire (0.8 will work too) | Masking tape | Needle nose pliers | Wire cutters | Dipping bowl
Step 1. Find a small dipping bowl and turn it upside down. Measure a piece of the thicker wire that will cover the overturned bowl with a couple of inches to spare.
Step 2. Cut three pieces of wire this length and lay them across the bottom of the bowl equally spaced in a star shape. Tape them together at the centre squeezing the tape into place to maintain the spacing.
Step 3. Bend the wires over the bowl towards the lip and then bend them over into the mouth of the bowl keeping a tight tension to hold them in place. Add extra security with masking tape to stop them sliding as you weave.
Step 4. Measure a piece of the thinner wire around the base of the bowl add a couple of inches and cut. Wrap one end around one of your thicker wires, push it down to the lowest part of the bowl without being on the base.
Step 5. Take the long end of the wire and take it over the top of the next spoke and then wrap it under and around the wire to secure in place. Don’t wrap it too tightly to move the spoke wire but not too loosely or it won’t hold in place.
Repeat until you get reach where you started. Wrap the wire over and under the start of your wire and cut off the ends.
Step 6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 – moving up the outside of the bowl as you do. Before you reach the top remove the tape from the inside of the bowl, unfold the wire and take the bowl out of the wire. You should see the bowl beginning to take shape.
Turn the ends of your wire into a small loop with the needle nose pliers.
Step 7. Wrap another section of wire around the basket as described in steps 4 and 5. Then one final time threading the wire through each of the loops we made in the ends of the thicker wires.
Cut off any wire ends and file down with a nail file to stop them catching.