How to Make a Picnic Basket

If you don’t remember, we spent a few weeks in Paris a few years ago and I came back with my head absolutely in the clouds. As a matter of fact, 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 one of my favorite pictures of all time. So when we came back, I figured out how to make a picnic basket for a perfect Parisian-type picnic so we could pretend we were back there again. In case you dream of the same thing, we’re sharing our little tutorial here for you.

How to Make a Picnic BasketHow to Make a Picnic Basket

How to Make a Picnic Basket

The key to this project is that you don’t actually have to make the basket, you just find a really great pre-existing one and outfit it for picnicking. And that means that you can find a basket that’s perfect for your needs, whether it’s larger, smaller, or any shape and color you can imagine. As you’re planning how to make a picnic basket, consider your needs and the types of items you’d like to be able to store inside your basket. It also helps to thing about how you’ll be transporting it (bike, car, walking, and so on). That should help you narrow down the size and shape of the perfect basket.

How to Make a Picnic Basket

Materials

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!)

How to Make a Picnic Basket

Then, 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.

How to Make a 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.

How to Make a Picnic Basket

How to Make a Picnic Basket

Use thick upholstery thread to weave through the front of the basket and through the hole of your button. Next, make a few passes with the needle to ensure that the connection is strong. Finally, 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.

How to Make a Picnic Basket

Allow all of your glue to dry for at least 24 hours, or until it’s completely cured. If you’d like to add places to hold plates or larger items to the lid or sides of your basket, do so in the same manner that you added the elastic for the glasses. Plates hold well if you glue the elastic on in an “X” shape, because then they stay secure if your basket gets jostled around.

And that’s all! Fill it with fun treats (champagne required) and get yourself on some picnics! xoxo

How to Make a Picnic Basket

How to Make a Picnic Basket

How to Make a Picnic Basket

How to Make a Picnic Basket

51 thoughts on “How to Make a Picnic Basket”

  1. 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 🙂

  2. 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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