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Project

Embellished Easter Basket

Introduction

Bejewel a basic, store-bought basket with colorful beaded handles for a holder as dazzling its Easter contents. The technique is easy, requiring little more than a basket, 20-gauge wire, and the beads of your choice.

Materials

  • Basket
  • 20-gauge wire
  • Beads
  • Awl
  • Needle-nose pliers

Steps

  1. Step 1

    To make a basket with two handles, use an awl to pierce a hole on one wall of the basket, 1/4 inch to 2 inches in from the side and 1/4 inch down from the top. Pierce another hole on the basket's opposite wall, and repeat for the remaining two walls.

  2. Step 2

    Thread an 18-inch length of 20-gauge wire through one of the holes.

  3. Step 3

    Create a loop with the wire through the hole, then wrap the wire around itself. Use needle-nose pliers to tighten the wrap.

  4. Step 4

    Thread the wire with beads, then secure the second cut end of the wire to the opposite hole using needle-nose pliers. Repeat the process to create the second handle.