Why are we not talking about how much fruit baskets affect our homes? Building this EASY DIY hanging fruit basket made my entire kitchen function more smoothly.
For years, I had this regular fruit bowl. It was kind of pretty and it…I mean… held some fruit, so I guess you could say it did the job. However, I always hated that it only took one bunch of bananas and two apples and the bowl was overflowing.
I wanted to be feeding my family a lot more produce, and this did not motivate that.
Plus, it had to sit on my kitchen counters or on my dining room table. And now that we live in a small apartment, both of those spaces are valuable real estate!
Then one day when I was on Pinterest, I saw a hanging fruit basket. I had seen hanging fruit baskets before, but none of them were functional for my space… except for this one.
I kid you not, half an hour later I was buying supplies at Lowe’s to build a DIY double hanging fruit basket.
There were a few hiccups to this project, so it wasn’t one of the easiest DIY projects I’ve ever done–but if you learn from my mistakes, it could be. Even still, it only took me about two days, $12 of wood and screws, $30 for two baskets, and TADA. My life is changed!
…Well, maybe just my kitchen. But I mean, the state of my kitchen generally reflects the state of my life, right.
Supplies You Need to Build a Hanging Fruit Basket
- Wood: I used 1x4s for the front, and 1x2s for the back
- Flat steel bracket: Instead of using 1x2s and adding to the depth of this shelf (like I did the first time), I recommend using steel brackets (OR — you can attach your wood pieces with pocket holes. This is a great option, but for this article I’m going to cover using a flat bracket)
- Nails or wood screws to put the wood together: They need to be long enough to go through the wood, if you use it, but not too long for your front pieces
- Wood glue (optional, but VERY helpful)
- Wood stain or paint: I used Varathane Dark Walnut
- Toggle bolts or wall anchors
- Screw hooks: These help you hang the baskets. If you order these online, you’ll actually have many more options of colors and sizes
- Wire baskets: You chose the style! I’m sure you can find them cheap from Walmart or even the dollar store. I was in a rush, so I got these baskets mine from Target for $15 each.
DIY Hanging Fruit Basket Tutorial
Step 1: Build the Frame
First, make sure you have all the wood you need and that it’s cut to the right measurements. I chose to cut my wood to different lengths and stagger it, but you could make yours a simple rectangle or any other shape you choose.
Once you have your wood placed exactly how you want it, take your 1x2s and line them up on the BACK of your wood. Then drill a pilot hole, then drill those screws into each piece of wood. Quick and easy.
Update April 2020: I recommend using a steel bracket for the back instead of wood. They both work well, but a steel bracket is thinner and makes the frame easier to attach to the wall.
You could also use pocket holes and wood glue to attach your pieces and forego the steel bracket completely.
Step Two: Stain or Paint
My favorite part!
For this one, I used Dark Walnut stain. I suggest using Minwax Pre-Stain, because it helps your wood soak up the stain better. However… at the time, I didn’t use any! I was WAY too eager to finish this project.
You can also paint the wood any color you want.
Step Three: Attach Basket Hooks
Obviously, attaching screw hooks is a super easy job. But before you go screwing them in, you need to check a few things.
1. Check Basket Placement
First of all, make sure you know exactly where you want your baskets to hang. Just place your baskets on your wood and make a small mark where the hooks should go.
Pssst. This picture shows why that step is important. If you just screw the hooks on first without checking, the baskets are going to look super wonky.
2. Check Anchor or Toggle Bolt Placement
You also need to check that you don’t put your hooks in a place that blocks your wall anchors or toggle bolts. If you’re attaching your hanging fruit basket into a stud (which I highly recommend!), you’ll have a limited area for the anchors. Therefore, don’t put your screw hooks in that spot.
Also, the screw head of your anchors or bolts WILL show on your wood. To disguise that, think about the placement of your baskets on top of that spot.
This is how mine looks. The basket covers the screws, so you can’t really see them. 🥳
3. Check Hook Opening
Finally, take a look at your screw hooks. The ones I originally got were basically closed at the top. Obviously, the basket wasn’t going to fit through that.
And sadly, there is no amazing tool or solution I used to solve that problem. Instead, my husband and I had to take turns using pliers and our brute strength to pull the hooks apart enough for the basket. It was pretty obnoxious, I won’t lie.
Sooo…. learn from my stupidity and just order hooks that aren’t like this! If you buy hooks online, you have a lot more options. For example, these hooks have a super wide opening that would have saved my poor little fingers.
4. Attach the Screw Hooks (Finally)
When you’re sure the hooks are in the right spot, just drill a small pilot hole and then screw those hooks in.
I just used my hand, but I plan to buy this Universal Grip Adapter.
Attach Wood to Wall Using Toggle Bolts
Ooookay. Toggle bolt time.
This was actually my first time using toggle bolts, because I’m really a fan of wall anchors. However, as I stated above, anchors weren’t an option for my DIY hanging fruit basket at the time.
I got plastic ones, purely because they were 3.5 inches long. They looked like this:
How to Use Plastic Toggle Bolts
The instructions I looked up to use toggle bolts did not tell me anything about this plastic kind. So when I opened the package and read, “Insert the bolt and then snap it off,” I was QUITE confused.
So here’s a simple layout of how to use plastic toggle bolts.
- Drill a large pilot hole. The package will probably tell you which drill bit size to use. I used 3/16.
- Insert the toggle bolt.
- Use the plastic tip to straighten it out.
- Push the plastic piece all the way into the wall, until it sits flush with the wall surface.
- There should be a long plastic piece sticking out from your wall. Move it side to side and it’ll snap right off.
- Screw the bolt into the hole, and walaaah.
I’m hoping to add a video tutorial to help with this soon, so let me know if you have any more questions about these plastic toggle bolts.
Hang Baskets and Add Fruit
Once your wood piece is secure on the wall, you can simply hang your basket on your hooks.
Then step back and admire your beautiful new DIY hanging fruit basket. This holds more than double what my old fruit basket held, and takes up zero surface space.
Plus, it’s SO BEAUTIFUL. I was hesitant to spend $30 on the baskets, but they were so worth it to make this as functional and beautiful as it is.
Turning your home into a place you love means identifying every little piece of your home that you don’t love or that just doesn’t work well, and this is a perfect example.
Put your DIY hanging fruit basket questions in the comments! I can’t wait to see what you do. 🙂
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