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!