Wire baskets are so extremely versatile, you should snatch them up whenever they're on sale. They can be easily transformed into side tables, pendant lights, plant pots, bike baskets, and wall shelves, and (in a pinch) serve as fire wood holders, shoe wranglers, blanket corrals, toy boxes, and even waste baskets. Here are 10 projects that make the most out of the beauty and utility of wire baskets, plus 10 wire baskets you just might want to buy.
DIY Wire Side Table by The Lovely Drawer (above)
The description of this project is irresistible: "an easy peasy side table made out of a bin and a chopping board." Other than wood glue, that's literally all you need!
DIY Wire Bike Basket by The Merrythought
Let your basket escape the office and see the world by affixing it to your bicycle with stylish leather straps.
DIY Hanging Planter by A Joyful Riot
Upgrade standard hanging blankets with peppy spray paint, pretty twine, and some coordinating or complementary beads.
Globe Pendant DIY by A Beautiful Mess
Two humble hanging plant baskets become a pendant worthy of mid-century modern decor, thanks to a quick coat of paint and a pendant light kit.
TRADIG Metal Chandelier by IKEA Hackers
This clever project is based on the no-longer-available TRADIG bowl, but you could recreate it using the wire fruit bowl of your choice.
Fresh Flower Pendant Light DIY by Paper & Stitch
Take your pendant light project a step further by weaving fresh flowers through it. For winter, evergreen branches, eucalyptus, and winterberry branches would be gorgeous and smell amazing.
Wire Basket Towel Rack by A Joyful Riot
So clever! The basket adds precious storage to the bathroom and handily holds a tower bar as well.
DIY Wire Basket Side Table by Momtastic
Spray paint a basket rose gold—or whatever hue suits your aesthetic, then top it with a glass round. A round of marble or other stunning stone would also be amazing.
Planter Switch by My Cakies
Large planters are generally very expensive and very heavy, so here's an alternative to terracotta: keep your plant in its plastic pot, slide it into a canvas bag (store bought or DIY), and pop it into a wire waste basket!
Make Your Own Pom Pom Basket by A Beautiful Mess
This DIY isn't exactly "how to transform a wire basket into ____" but rather "how to bring out the best in your wire basket." Aren't we all our best selves when we're covered with pom poms? You can make this ultra-fun piece with store-bought pompoms, or make your own following the instructions in this tutorial.