Contributed by: Tijana, creator of the 'A Plentiful Life' blog Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert
I love summertime! Connecting with friends, eating great food and enjoying the weather. One thing we didn’t have was a picnic basket. We kept trying to pack up our food into a backpack, which didn’t work at all! I decided it was time to up our picnic game. Do you know how expensive a picnic basket is? I didn’t! They start at $50 and go up from there. Way out of my budget. I decided to head to my local Salvation Army Thrift Store to see if I could find a basket, although I didn’t find a picnic basket, there were a lot of different baskets to choose from. I ended up with a basic basket, but it was sturdy and actually fit quite a few items.
Now for the upcycle! I wanted to make the basket look old, so I used a grey stain I had leftover from another project, bought some items from the fabric store, and got to work.
MATERIALS: Basket, stain, pompom and tassel trim.
DIY: Paint the basket, and glue on the trim, easy as that!
Final product. I am so happy with how this basket turned out. It looks great for an outdoor picnic or party and has room enough for food, wine and glasses! Really all you need for a day in the park.
Basket (Salvation Army Thrift Store) – $2
Trim (Dressew) – $4
Stain and Hot Glue Gun – Already had this in my stash
Upcycled Picnic Basket Cost – $6
This basket only took about 5 minutes total to make, the real time was waiting for the stain to dry overnight. In the future I think I would sand the basket a bit it help it absorb the stain a little bit better. Ready to make your own Upcycled Picnic Basket? Head to your nearest Salvation Army Thrift Store and I bet you will have a lot to choose from!