Here is what you will need for the project:
8" cake pan from Dollar Tree
Wire cutters (medium to large) or small hand saw
Paint if desired, I recommend if using fabric, would leave plain if using chicken wire or rustic material
Fabric ... I used a thin muslin, it was a remnant I had left over, approximately a yard wide and 3 yds. 4" (112") long
I ripped the muslin into 21 strips approx. 2" by 43" to use vertically and then 8 strips approx. 3 1/2" w by 43" long for the horizontal, you will have more end left over at the bottom of the horizontal strips and it will make a larger rose.
Needle and thread or glue
|Tomato cage, cake pan, round wood plaque, optional Ginger kitty|
Using wire cutters, cut ends of cage down to approx. 5" (It helps to have someone with strong hands do this for you) If you can't do it with the wire cutters, try using a small hand saw. Place the cage on top of the cake pan, center it and make a small mark in front of the wire. Using the ice pick, gently hammer it through cake pan just behind the marks. You may need to move the ice pick around in the hole just a little bit.
I used seven vertical strips in each section, 2" wide and 43" long. Placed them under the first ring, pulled them up and then tied them at the top ring.
Once I had all the vertical strips finished, I pulled the bottom wire tightly back into the curl, you can do this by hand or with the pliers.
Then I started weaving the horizontal strips over and under. I tried to make sure the strips ended up over the horizontal metal rods, then tied them. If you want to do roses, triple knot them because they will be larger roses and that makes a bigger center.
I decided to make roses out of the hanging muslin strips at the top and sides. I added extra roses in between to cover the rim.To do this I just tied on additional strips, knotted them and wound into roses. You could make bows or cut them and fringe them or?
Muslin roses are very easy to make. Tie your knots in the center, double knot or triple, then take one side, fold in half and wind it around the knot, secure it with glue or thread. Take the other side, bring it around the first side and secure again. You can vary how your roses look by the width of the strips,how you turn the fabric or by how you sew or glue it.
If you want a larger rose, add a wider muslin strip. Depending on how much work you want to put into this you could make roses and put them allll over the basket.
This basket would be good for holding wrapping paper, umbrellas, canes ... what else can you think of? It would look great using chicken wire, rope, burlap, flashing tin, a pretty patterned sheet or other material. I'm betting you can think of lots of things to use on it and lots of ways to use it as well.
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