19 Homemade Picnic Basket Ideas You Can DIY Easily

19 Homemade Picnic Basket Ideas You Can DIY Easily
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Picnics are so much fun, but to make them perfect, you need to do it right, and that means having a beautiful picnic basket to carry your food, cutlery and glasses in.

Unfortunately, picnic baskets can cost a fortune, but you can save yourself a lot of money by making one yourself – and for anyone who want to try, here are 19 plans for a DIY picnic basket you can make at home.

1. How to Make a Picnic Basket

How to Make a Picnic Basket

If you don’t want to make the actual basket yourself, here’s a great plan that will teach you how to convert an existing one into something special for your outdoor excursions. Just find a regular basket that’s the right size for what you need and then follow the instructions in this tutorial to kit it out for your perfect picnic experience. This is a simple option that anybody will be able to copy, and as you can see from the photos, it looks adorable when it’s finished.

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2. DIY Picnic Basket from Thrift Store Items

Here’s a fun video to watch if you want to make a picnic basket without spending lots of cash. In it, these two YouTubers head to their local thrift store to see what stuff they think they can use. Then, when they find a few suitable items, they head home to turn them into a super cute – and highly original – picnic basket you’re sure to love. Check out their video to see how it went.


3. DIY Picnic Basket from At Home With Ashley

DIY Picnic Basket from At Home With Ashley

In this tutorial, we learn about this blogger’s efforts to convince her young son to eat now that he’s grown out of his highchair. She solved the problem by making him a fun eating set, and once that was done, she thought it would be a good idea to make a picnic basket to put it all in. Judging from the happy photos, it seems to have worked – and for anyone who has children of a similar age, it could be something interesting to try.

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4. Homemade Picnic Basket – Scrapwood Challenge

We love DIY projects that turn old scrap into useful or attractive items, so this was a video that really appealed. In it, this YouTuber shows us how he made a beautiful picnic basket from scrap wood. As he tells us, it’s far from a traditional way to make a basket, but it works perfectly – and if you’re up for a challenge, you can try copying his idea.


5. DIY Picnic Hamper

DIY Picnic Hamper

This is another plan for fitting out a basket you already own for picnics rather than making the basket itself. Simply select a basket – you can either buy one or make one yourself – and then change it into something truly spectacular by following this plan using only a few inexpensive materials. Theirs looks amazing – so check it out if you’re in need of inspiration.

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6. How to Weave a Wood Basket

If you liked the plan in #5 but you want to make the basket yourself too, this is a video tutorial you’re likely to enjoy. In it, you’ll learn how to weave a wood basket, which you can then kit out by following a plan like the one above. We’re sure that having made your basket yourself will make the food taste even more delicious, and this is a plan that demonstrates the technique for doing it.


7. DIY Picnic Basket from Oh Party!

DIY Picnic Basket from Oh Party!

The idea in this blog is quite different from most of the other picnic basket plans we’ve seen. In it, this blogger makes her basket from a scarf and some glue. It’s perhaps not a plan that many people would have thought of themselves, but the result is highly impressive. Want to know how she did it? Then head over to her blog to find out.

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8. DIY Picnic Basket with Matching Dress

Pretty picnic baskets are undeniably cute, but something that can make them even cuter is if you have a dress to match! If that sounds like an interesting idea, this YouTuber shows you how she did just that. Her picnic basket alone is fantastic too, so we’re sure lots of people will be keen to have a go themselves.


9. Make Your Own Floral Picnic Basket

Make Your Own Floral Picnic Basket

If you like flowers and pretty colors, this is a picnic basket idea you’re sure to love. In this blog, we learn how to make a fabulous picnic basket that could fairly be described as a work of art. You need to have a basket to begin with, but the rest is relatively simple – and if you care a lot about the way your picnic looks, this is a plan you’re sure to find interesting.

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10. DIY Summer Picnic Basket

In this video, this YouTuber shows us how she turned a reclaimed old basket from something plain and uninspiring into a romantic picnic basket to give to her friend as a gift. There’s nothing fancy about her plan – she just keeps everything simple, creating a basket that has a special old-style charm of its own. This is a basket that will remind you of simpler times, and if that’s the kind of style you like, this is an easy plan to copy.


11. Make a Cute Shoebox Picnic basket

Make a Cute Shoebox Picnic basket

Making a cute picnic basket doesn’t need any special or expensive materials – and in fact, it doesn’t even require a basket, as this blog shows us. In it, we learn how to make an adorable alternative to a true basket from nothing more than a shoebox. This would be an ideal choice if you want to make something for your kids – have a look and see what you think!

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12. DIY this Paper Picnic Basket for Delicious Adventures in the Great Outdoors

Here’s another wonderful idea for an inexpensive picnic basket, this time made from paper. It looks great and is so easy to make, and it will also give you a convenient way to carry your food when you go outside to eat. This was a video we enjoyed a lot, and we’re sure you will too.


13. DIY Insulated Picnic Basket with Napkins

DIY Insulated Picnic Basket with Napkins

If you’re serious about picnics, you need the right equipment – and if you want to keep food hot or drinks cold, that means an insulated picnic basket. The good news is, you can easily make one yourself – and this is the plan that will show you how to do it.

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14. Enjoy the Outdoors Picnic-Themed DIYs

When the summer months arrive, it’s time to start getting excited about picnics, and to make it even more fun, you can begin preparing your basket. There are plenty of ways to liven up your picnic gear, and many of them won’t even cost much money. And if you’re looking for ideas, this is a video that should give you all the inspiration you need.


15. DIY Picnic Basket from A Plentiful Life

DIY Picnic Basket from A Plentiful Life

As this blogger writes, picnic baskets can be expensive – think $50 for a cheap one and much more if you want something fancy. However, starting with just a simple basket and a few basic supplies, you can make one for far less – and this tutorial shows you a great way of doing it.

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16. What’s in my Picnic Basket?

If you want to know what to put in your picnic basket to ensure your day out is a big success, this is the video for you. In it, this YouTuber shares all her favorite tips and tricks about preparing for a picnic. She’s obviously a picnic pro because she thinks of everything – so give her video a watch to make sure you don’t forget any essential items!


17. DIY Modern Picnic Basket

DIY Modern Picnic Basket

As long as you have a suitable basket, preparing it for the perfect picnic is so easy. You just need a few basic supplies that you can pick up for next to nothing and you can create something that’s a match for any expensive basket from a fancy store. Want to know how? Then check out this blog for details.

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18. DIY Picnic Basket/Table

This is one of our favorite ideas for a picnic basket – because it’s a basket that converts into a table when you empty it. That way, you have something to carry your food in and somewhere to set it out when it’s time to eat. An ingenious idea and also not so difficult to copy. So why not think about having a go yourself?


19. Picnic Basket Upgrade

If you want a beautiful picnic basket, you don’t need to start from scratch. Rather, if you have an old picnic basket that’s gathering dust, you just need to give it a makeover to turn it into something far more appealing. That’s what this video is all about, and we think she did an amazing job. So if you’re looking for a shortcut to DIYing a beautiful picnic basket, this is a plan you need to see.


Loads of cute ideas for beautiful baskets

As you can see, there are loads of creative ideas for super cute picnic baskets, and seeing them all has given the urge to head outside for a long and lazy lunch in the fresh air.

It’s been a lot of fun finding these plans for you, so we hope you’ve enjoyed watching and reading them too. And above all, we hope we’ve helped you find the inspiration you needed to make a beautiful DIY picnic basket of your own.

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