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Thrifted Picnic Basket Makeover
Hey Boo Boo, a pic-a-nic-basket! – Yogi Bear
I have a serious
problem love for picnic baskets. In fact, at one time I wanted to open a picnic store that would have had all things alfresco. The only problem with the idea? I was living in Arizona at the time and, although beautiful many months out of the year, it really gets I wanna die hot there.
Just in case I ever opened said store, I collected picnic baskets like a boss! Anytime I was at a thrift store, the search began.
Recently, I needed to tone the collection down to a less “I need to go to a support group!” amount so I turned to Facebook Marketplace; you can read my tips for selling on Marketplace here.
Many went to new homes quickly however this little guy got left behind in the adoption process.
I decided a little thrifted picnic basket makeover would be just the thing to give it a new home, but then again maybe I should keep it??????
So, you may be wondering why I would share a tutorial on a basket that is probably one of a kind. Well, I wanted to inspire you to give thrifted items a chance. Often they just need a little cleanup, or maybe none at all, and they are good as new!!! Less waste, more unique, and very budget-friendly. #alliamsayingisgivethriftingachance
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- Picnic Basket
- Drop Cloth
- Fabric Tape, this is exactly what I used and it works stupendously
- Lace Ribbon
- Box Cutter
If you aren’t familiar, each month we get together with some amazing bloggers to share our thrift style projects.
- First, I removed the old lining. TIP: When looking at thrifted items, and want to change lining/fabric, look to see how it’s attached and will need to be removed.
- I then attempted to paint the hearts. The material and stuffing were in super well so I thought using some fabric paint would be a good option – WRONG! I didn’t like it at all. TIP: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!
- The fabric and stuffing were removed from the hearts and at that moment I knew what it was like to be a dental technician. It was a bit tedious but a little Netflix and crafting did the trick.
- Painted the inside of the lid to try and mask the fabric seam and quickly decided that didn’t work so sanded to remove, most of it, after it was dry.
- Finally, I cut a drop cloth collar for the outside of the basket. Trimmed a piece of drop cloth at the edge. Attached it with fabric tape. I then applied a piece of leftover lace ribbon to the top of that using just little bits of the tape. TIP: The fabric tape is SUPER DUPER sticky! Be careful that you don’t have anything exposed or it will stick to other things like a lid to a basket…Oops, LET GO!!!!!
Now, this basket has a new lease on life. I considered, painting, staining, and adding more accessories, but in the end, the simple basket look seemed right. I better get the marketplace advertisement up before I change my mind.
MORE THRIFT INSPIRATION
If you enjoyed this thrifted picnic basket makeover, here are a few other thrifted posts for your enjoyment:
And don’t forget to check out the other amazing projects from our Thrifty Style Team:
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Rustic Shiplap-Inspired Wall Art by The Creek Line House
Ideas on How to Update a 15 Year Old Bathroom Vanity by Duke Manor Farm
Make an Auricula Theatre – Thrifty Style by Heart and Vine
Window Seat Refresh by DIY Beautify
Green Painted Outdoor Table by Cottage at the Crossroads
Patio Decorating Ideas on a Budget by I Should Be Mopping the Floor
Vintage Box Makeover by Bliss Ranch
Easy DIY Nightstand From a Thrift Store Stool by Chatfield Court
Decorating with Thrifted Silver by 2 Bees in a Pod
DIY Grain Sack Striped Farmhouse Tote by The How-To How
Thrifted Picnic Basket Makeover by Salvage Sister & Mister
DIY Magazine Page Place Mats by What Meegan Makes
100 Year Old Barnwood Shelves by The DIY Village