When planing any of my parties am a big beliver in recycling things before spending a lot of money at party stores. You can be amazed at what you can find and re-use over and over again.
When I started to plan my son's Birthday picnic in the park party, I really thought it would be nice for every family to fill up a basket with their lunch, then to sit on the ground and have their own little picnic lunch.
As I was on a tight budget, I really didn't have the money to buy 20 real baskets. I noticed a friend carrying a free cardboard carry holder that she had just picked up at IKEA. The idea came into my head on how I could make use of the baskets and knew they could be used again after his party.
So this is a before and after shot.
(please excuse the iPhone photo)
Step 1. Choose the side you want to make the drop down picnic blanket side. I chose the side that had the little middle window looking side. Once you have chosen the side, you can cut both corners of that side to open it up. (Use scissors or a Stanley knife to do this)
Step 2. Glue down the Basket weave print onto the front and back of the basket. I have included the free printable here of the weave. Cut up brown craft paper in A4 size and place them though the printer and trim them up a little before gluing them on.
- Hole punch the two top corners of the flap and both sides of the front of the box. This will be where you can tie some string to hold it closed.
Step 3. Is to glue down the cardboard flaps on the inside of both sides of the box. On the top of the image above you will see the flaps I am talking about.
- Glue on your little picnic blanket onto the inside flap, you can Download Free Here. You can even stick on a piece of clear contact to make it a little water proof.
Step 4. This option is up to you, but I made use of the little window which was already on the box and added a little thank you note to the guests.
This photo is a in action from my friends Instagram photo on the day.
Already to be filled..
That is me on the side setting up the table..
The Birthday Boy who turned 4.
Hope you enjoyed the Tutorial!!
I will be also sharing with you soon on how I have made use of one of the left over baskets which I have turned into a Art Activity box for a little boys Birthday gift on the weekend..
Please feel free to share any images if you ever make one..