DIY Picnic Basket

DIY Picnic Basket

DIY Picnic Basket

DIY Picnic Basket

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.

Materials

  • basket with hinged lid
  • E-6000 (or your favorite mega-strong glue)
  • elastic
  • large button
  • scissors
  • 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!)

DIY Picnic Basket

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.

DIY Picnic Basket

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.

DIY Picnic Basket

DIY Picnic Basket

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.

DIY Picnic Basket

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

DIY Picnic Basket

DIY Picnic Basket

DIY Picnic Basket

DIY Picnic Basket

  1. um WHOA. Hey did you cut your hair?
    Also, basket is super cute.

    • chelsea on said:

      Yeah girl! Lopped it off. The babe was getting a little grabby so I cut it short enough that he can’t reach it. 🙂

  2. What an adorable basket! I need to make something like this so whenever Spring finally shows up we can go picnicking!

  3. Marie on said:

    This is an adorable idea!

  4. dianna on said:

    What a great DIY project! also…loving the new haircut?!?!?!

    • chelsea on said:

      Thanks Dianna! Chopped it off for my birthday. 😉

  5. Carmie on said:

    Love this! I have been wanting a picnic basket but all the ones I like are super expensive. This might be a cheaper alternative!!!

    • chelsea on said:

      Definitely! And this way you can pick any basket that you love and just customize it. 🙂

  6. Veronica on said:

    It’s so hard to find the perfect picnic basket, making your own is so simple I can’t believe I never thought of it!

  7. jen on said:

    love, love this! what a clever use of an old basket. I know just the place to find a thrift store version and set it up for a Father’s Day picnic. Thanks for the inspiration! jen @ http://www.satsumadesigns.com

  8. Stef Arochi on said:

    THAT BICYCLE…FROM WHERE??!?!?!?!?!

    all caps cause its that awesome.

    • chelsea on said:

      Hi Stef! It’s a Pure Fix City bike. I LOVE it. 🙂

  9. This makes me dream of spring!! Too bad right now we have a foot of snow on the ground.
    Maybe in June, I’ll find a basket and recreate this!
    Abby
    happyfoodhappyhome.com

    • chelsea on said:

      It’ll be here before you know it! 🙂

  10. Marie on said:

    How fun! I can’t wait to hit the farmer’s market and buy some fruit and veggies and hummus to fill up the basket.

  11. Colleen on said:

    Where are your utensils from!? So beautiful!!

  12. Kait on said:

    This is so clever! I have a picnic basket that I love, but it’s not very functional and doesn’t have spots for everything to go. Definitely going to kick it up a notch and add the elastic holders to it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  13. Katie on said:

    I’m obsessed with that (gold) silverware! Where did you get it??

  14. Paula on said:

    Such a great DIY! Thanks for sharing

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  36. Sarah on said:

    How did I get my glasses through the bottom hole? Is the elastic stretchy enough to go through the flat bottom part of the glassware? Hope that makes sense! Lol thank you!

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