Celebrate nature’s bounty and make this easy DIY harvesting basket using pallet off cuts, chicken wire, a bicycle inner tube, and some sisal rope. It’s just the right size (39 cm long, 15 cm high, and 19 cm wide).

Freshly harvested veggies in a  DIY harvesting basket. This easy to make idea only takes an hour to put together and uses pallet scraps and bicycle inner. #ACraftyMix

It’s perfect for harvesting, washing, and carrying fresh, homegrown veggies.

Freshly harvested veggies in a DIY harvesting basket. This easy to make idea only takes an hour to put together and uses pallet scraps and bicycle inner. #ACraftyMix

What you need

  • 2  x 15 cm x 15 cm pallet off cuts (side pieces)
  • 2  x 39 cm x 3 cm strips of wood
  • 35.5 cm x 6 cm strip of wood (bottom of the basket)
  • plastic coated chicken wire cut into a 39 cm x 45 cm piece
  • 4 x wood screws
  • a thick sisal rope (about 1 meter)
  • a bicycle tube inner
  • A stapler gun and food-safe wood stain
What you need to make a harvesting basket- pallet scraps, chicken wire, sisal rope, and bicycle tube inner

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How to make a harvesting basket

It literally took me less than an hour to make the basket. Cut the pallets according to the measurements given above. Make sure the pallet hasn’t been treated with any harmful chemicals.

Cut two sides from the pallet wood

Seal the wood with a food-safe wood stain (we used GripSeal, a locally produced water-based sealer that comes in the most beautiful colors and it dries super fast)

Stain the wood

Cut the chicken wire and use a staple gun to attach the wire to the 39 cm strips of wood to form the sides of the harvesting basket.

Cut the chicken wire to fit around three sides of the cut wooden edges

Place the wooden strip that’s attached to the chicken wire on the wooden sides and screw them in as shown below. Staple the chicken wire around the outside edges of the side pieces to make the basket.

Staple the chicken wire all around the sides

Flip the basket over and screw the 35.5 cm piece to the bottom of the basket. This piece of wood isn’t strictly necessary, but it does make the basket more stable, especially if you’re adding heavier fruits and veggies.

Add a piece of wood to the bottom to stabilize the harvesting basket

Adding a handle

For the handle, I used sisal rope and a bicycle inner. Tie a knot on one end of the sisal rope and screw the knot into one side of the basket. If you have a willing fur baby helper, give her a kiss to say thank you 😀 This little beauty is always willing to lend a helping hand.

Tie a large knot on one end of the sisal rope and screw it into the side of the harvesting basket

Slip the bicycle’s inner tube over the sisal rope and then tie a knot at the other end. Screw this end to the other side of the basket. Sisal rope can be a bit harsh on your hands when you’re picking veggies, so the inner tube gives some protection.

Slip the bicycle tube inner over the sisal rope

The basket is ready for harvesting. Now we can pick our veggies and wash them off all at the same time.

Freshly harvested veggies in a DIY harvesting basket. This easy to make idea only takes an hour to put together and uses pallet scraps and bicycle inner. #ACraftyMix

I would love to hear what you think.

Freshly harvested veggies in a  DIY harvesting basket. This easy to make idea only takes an hour to put together and uses pallet scraps and bicycle inner. #ACraftyMix

Do you grow your own veggies? What do you use to harvest them?

If you like the idea of making your own harvesting basket, don’t forget to pin the tutorial for later.

Freshly harvested veggies in a DIY harvesting basket. This easy to make idea only takes an hour to put together and uses pallet scraps and bicycle inner. #ACraftyMix

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