DIY Picnic Basket

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!

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