A Mini Picnic Basket – Wicker Upcycle!
Good day to you!
I’m here to share a summery project – a bright yellow mini picnic basket. Perfect for kids to use, or just to pack a small afternoon tea in…
Isn’t it cute? Plus the photoshoot meant an excuse for cake. Win-win!
I made this project as an entry into the Hillarys Craft Competition which you can see the details of HERE. There were four new fabrics from their blind and curtains collections to choose from, and Hillarys would send out a meter square of the one I liked so I could make it into something fun.
I chose the Daisy Pistachio fabric as I loved the bold pattern, and the shimmery grey background:
I went and bought a wicker basket from Hobbycraft. Of course you could upcycle an older basket, but I wanted to use one you could go and buy (if you are UK based) in case this project inspires you! This one cost £10 (HERE) but they did a couple of other sizes too:
I took the front buckles off as they came off easily, and I covered the hinges at the back with masking tape:
Next I spray painted the basket with Plastikote Gloss Multi-Surface ‘New Yellow’ paint. I did this on an old sheet, spread out in my garden – make sure you are in a well ventilated space if you do this. First I sprayed the inside of the basket and lid, plus most of the sides, then flipped it over and sprayed underneath the basket, and any of the sides which I hadn’t been able to reach before. It took 2 coats to get it looking a nice, bold yellow:
Here’s how it looked once dry:
Next it was time to make the liner for the basket. I don’t sew a whole lot so I went searching for inspiration online and came across THIS TUTORIAL at Home Life, and I based my liner on that. First I measured my basket and drew myself a little plan of what pieces I needed to cut, allowing for 2.5cm seams :
I cut them all out using pinking scissors:
Stitched the sides of the bag together first:
Made a rolled hem at the top of the bag:
Then added the base of the bag. It was a little tricky going around the corners, but I got there in the end! I also just added ribbons as the ties on the corners, as this material is on the thicker side, and my basket doesn’t have big gaps, so I figured ribbon would slide through the holes easier. It was easy to tie in, and I love that I’ll be able to take it out and wash it:
I cut a bunch of flowers out from the material:
And used my finger to rub some Mod Podge around the edges of the flowers to stop them fraying:
I used more Mod Podge to glue these around the top and sides of my basket to make it extra pretty:
Finally I wanted to make some place mats. I was running out of time so I just stitched two quick ones for now. My rectangles of material were cut at 37 x 24 cm, and I just folded & pressed over about 1 cm, stitching the two shorter edges down first, and then the two longer edges. They are going to fray too much for long term use so I will definitely be making some more when I have a bit more time:
Of course I needed to take some photos so that was the perfect excuse to fill the basket with some cake (passionfruit and coconut cake from Co-Op) and some milk:
And we headed to the play park for our pudding after dinner on a gorgeously warm evening:
It made two little people very happy:
Thank you so much Hillarys for the fabric and the excuse to go and eat cake at the play park, it was awesome!
Do you like to go on summer picnics? We often go to the beach with them, but then there’s the problem of sandy sandwiches!
Have a great weekend,
Disclosure: This post is an entry into the Hillarys Craft Competition 2015. Hillarys supplied a meter square of material, and the competition has a prize of £1000 for one entrant. All the photos and opinions in this post are my own.