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Wire Basket Sculpture Project

Time: 2-3 Class Periods
Difficulty: Moderate to Advanced
Cleanup: Soap & Water

Project Kit (see Products Used below steps)

Materials needed if not using Project Kit:
20-Gauge Wire
Wire Cutters
Tissue Paper in assorted colors
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Create a fun basket with tissue paper, wire and glue! This project also has an instructional video available!

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  • Step 1
    Using 20-gauge wire, create one circle for the base of the basket and one larger circle for the top rim.
  • Step 2
    Connect the two circles by adding wire ribs. Bend ribs to the desired shape to form the contour of the basket.

  • Step 3
    Add more wires for support, shaping the wire as you go, using 10-20 ft. total.

  • Step 4
    Fill in larger holes with more wire so the tissue is easier to apply. The spaces on this basket are about 1" to 2" wide. Note: If you want the wire frame to show when the basket is complete, plan to use lighter shades of tissue. Darker shades will hide the wire.

  • Step 5
    Mix 2 parts white glue with 1 part water. Tear off pieces of tissue and drape the tissue over the wire frame; then use a brush to saturate the tissue with the glue mixture.

  • Step 6
    Continue draping until basket is covered. Glue additional layers of tissue to the inside of the basket. Decorate the outside with shapes or stripes if desired.

Products Used