I was so pumped to tackle this month’s Michaels Makers challenge, because this time around we were given free rein to make something inspired by Paris. If you don’t remember, we spent a few weeks in Paris a couple of years ago and I came back with my head absolutely in the clouds. One of my very favorite Parisian-y things to do was to pack a picnic and go eat in the park (preferably under the Eiffel Tower, duh), which led to my favorite all time picture of me and Mr. Lovely.
Le sigh. Take me back. As soon as Hank is up for a little international travel, you can bet we’ll be taking him there. But for now, I decided to put together a little picnic basket DIY so we can get our al fresco dining on, even in town. Michaels has a killer selection of baskets, so pick out your favorite and let’s do it.
- basket with hinged lid
- E-6000 (or your favorite mega-strong glue)
- large button
- upholstery thread
Make Time: 1 Hour (Plus Drying Time)
Start by figuring out what utensils you’d like to attach to the inside of your basket. I wanted to make space for a couple of sets of silverware, and a couple of champagne glasses. (Speaking of which, here’s a tutorial to make your own gold polka dot champagne flutes!)
Measure out the elastic so that it’s long enough to wrap around your glasses but keep them very snug. Snip off the right amount of elastic. Spread E-6000 on both ends and press the ends firmly into the underside of the basket lid.
Repeat the process for the other items you’d like to attach to the lid. For utensils, make a small loop of elastic by cutting about 2 inches and glueing the ends together. Then glue the loop to the lid in the same way you did for the glasses.
Use thick upholstery thread to weave through the front of the basket and through the hole of your button. Make a few passes to ensure that the connection is strong, then double knot and snip the ends.
Glue a loop of elastic to the underside of the lid of your basket, long enough to reach around the button and hold the lid taut.
Allow all of your glue to dry for at least 24 hours, or until it’s completely cured.
That’s all! Fill it with fun treats (champagne required) and get yourself on some picnics!
To see what other Paris-inspired projects the rest of the Michaels Makers whipped up, see the links below. And, here’s something rad: if you make your own Parisian-inspired project you can enter to win Michaels’ giveaway of a trip to Paris! Create a Parisian-inspired art, floral, baking or paper crafting project and upload a photo to www.paris.michaels.com through March 31. You can also share your project on social using #SpringtimeInParis #Contest. You can win a four-night trip for two to Paris, 1,000 euros, a VIP tour of the Louvre, private classes including sketching, floral arranging, baking and more! If you need a little Paris inspiration to get you started, take a look at some of the Springtime in Paris projects on Michaels.com. xoxo