Step 1: Start with the Center
- For my center piece to start the basket I used a SS drain plate. The tabs on the bottom I bent outward in the middle to form a hook to hold the first row of garden hose.
- Pull an end of the hose from the center of the coil and lay it flat against the cutting board.
- With a SHARP knife or shears, cut the end off the hose at a shallow angle, about 20°, such that the pointed end is on the inside of the natural curve of the hose.
- With the point starting at one of the slots in the drain, wrap the hose around once and start around the second time to the outside of the first row.
- Fit a cable tie down through the second slot and secure it around both layers of hose so that the end of the tie points outward on the bottom and gently snug but do not tighten at this point.
- Keeping the first coil tight, repeat this every other slot 2 or 3 more places. This should give you control of the coils.
- Recheck and snug up the first row and tighten the ties in the order you started with but not so tight that you flatten out the coils of hose.
- Add ties to the skipped slots and continue around and around building up coils each lashed down to the coil before it. Normally, if you placed the tie on the same side of the tie in the previous row, you would end up with a spiraling pattern of ties. For the cactus, if you look closely you can see that I alternated back and forth to keep the rows of "spines" vertical and perpendicular to the center.
- Periodically check to be sure your rows stat evenly spaced.