Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Wire Handle For Your Basket

I make a wooden handle from a toothpick. I use toothpicks a lot in my work! Cut off the pointed end and about an 1/8th of an inch from the end make a groove with a file, my file has sharp edges and a little rounded on the broad sides, you can use a triangle file, too. I round out the groove and move to the other end leaving a middle that's about 3/16 of an inch. Make another groove, don't cut off the handle yet.

With your trusty "T" pin make a hole in the center of the end of the handle, just a hole, don't go waddling it out or you might break your handle.

I use a hand drill I bought from Hobby Builders, it's called the mini drill and it's $12.49, #37800 and comes with bit sizes #52 - #74. I put the smallest bit in, #74, and start the hole.

Continue to drill, but hold onto the handle like I am in the picture, this way you can feel if you are going straight. If not, you can correct it. Drill through, and cut off your handle.

I reinforced my sides by punching a small circle, 1/8 of an inch hole punch, and gluing them to the inside of my basket in the middle of the sides at the top.

Using the "T" pin and a block of wood to support the side, pierce a hole on the sides, in the middle, at the top through the rim.

I used green paddle wire from the floral department, it's 26 gauge. Any wire you have that will fit into the hole in your handle will do fine. You can also paint the wire. Slip the wire into the handle and bend the whole thing around the end of your basket. Cut off to just a little past half the length of your basket. Leave enough to go inside and fold over.

Thread the wire into the basket and bend over to secure.

There is the basket with the twining and wire handle.

I hope you all give this a try, it's fun to weave them and fun to fill.



  1. Your baskets look fab, I really have to try one at some point :D

  2. ¡Me encanta! Entre a tu blog y no he podido salir de él, con tanta cosa por ver y aprender ¡gracias por la maravilla de tutoriales!! Eso habla muy bien de ti , por que no cualquiera comparte sus conocimientos ( ; ¡Felicidades!!!
    Ahora mismo te pongo en mi enlaces de blogs favoritos para no perderte la pista.

  3. The handle is perfect! Thank you for the tuto!

  4. wonderful tutorial, thanks! looking at the picture comes to mind, that if we could put two lids can be opened separately, we could make a picnic basket! do not you?
    thanks a lot!!

  5. Gracias por el tutorial, las cestas te han quedado preciosas!!
    besitos ascension

  6. fabulous baskets! I can't wait to try my hands on your tutorials!

  7. I would love to try it, hopefully soon!

  8. A great work. I love work with paper too.

  9. las cestas perfectas, el tuto genial. Gracias por compartir.

  10. Perfect work, so cute, I love them...

  11. What Happened.... All things paper did a post about you and your cute baskets - so we all had to come over and have a peek!

  12. Thank you for this tutorial . It's great!

  13. great baskets!! I like all! congrats!

  14. Just wanted to say thanks for the tutorial, and the inspiration....I've made several baskets in the past few days...off to post them on my blog here soon! Thanks again for sharing this!!!


  15. Fantastic baskets! They look so wonderful! ANd thank you so much for sharing with us how to make some of our own (=