Summer Camp: Picnic Basket

DIY Picnic Basket that is too cute for words! Kids will love this fab idea!
Welcome Campers! I’m Karyn from Sugar Swagger and I’m super excited to be a Summer Camp Counselor. Thanks, Toni!
When I think of summer I think…PICNIC! And since my family recently moved to California’s Central Coast we take advantage of the great weather, beaches and parks by picnicking. I thought this was a perfect opportunity to turn an ugly old suitcase into a fabulous and fun picnic basket that we’ll use all summer.
On our picnics I always include an easy treat that the kids can help make like Marshmallow Candy Popcorn Balls. We also plan an activity/game like “painting on location”:
This gave the kids an opportunity to observe and paint their surroundings. Even dad participated! Whatever you pack in your picnic basket or plan for your day – make it fun by including the kids.


When I started thinking about making my own picnic basket I thought I would come across a classic basket I could re-do but then I ran into a great thrift store find. I don’t sew so I need projects that avoid sewing or a way I can pull off a project without making a stitch. This project fits the bill.

I picked up this old suitcase for just $5! I also bought red spray paint with primer for plastic, blue trim tape, glue and two kinds of coordinating fabric. I bought 3/4 of yard of each and it was plenty.  I trimmed my suitcase with tape to cover all the silver parts I wanted to save then applied two coats of paint.

At first I thought I would hot glue the fabric in place but these glue products worked better. I used the adhesive spray to tack the fabric in place then I used Fabric Fusion to glue the fabric around the inside of the suitcase. I started at the top and folded the fabric under about 1″ so I would have a clean edge. I glued one edge of the suitcase at a time. When I reached a corner I tucked the fabric under and worked the extra fabric under to make a clean edge.
Here’s my finished unconventional picnic basket…shiny red and finished with fabulous fabric.
I found some plates, cups and bowls I purchased from Target to match my picnic basket. I love them…especially the small dipping bowls.
Happy picnicking, campers!



Posted on June 15, 2012
Categories: diy projects, diy tutorials & creative ideas, holiday awesomeness, repurposing, summer camp, summer camp

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  1. LeighAnn says:
    June 15, 2012

    Cute! I've got an actual picnic basket I'd like to line with fabric.

  2. says:
    June 21, 2012

    I love this idea. Kids, picnic and summer go hand-in-hand!!
    Thanks for sharing : )

  3. Carrie Pasfield says:
    July 16, 2012

    Cute cute cute! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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