Picnic season is upon us. As a matter of fact, July is National Picnic Month! To celebrate, we're working on projects all month that are best enjoyed outdoors. Today I'm here to show you how to transform a regular straw tote bag into a handy backpack, perfect for bringing an outdoor lunch to the park. Keep reading to see how this picnic basket backpack was made.
If you're anything like me, you have a running list of projects you want to try. Things you save repeatedly on Pinterest, ideas you scribble down in the back of your planner, or maybe you just keep a mental list in your brain. Clothesline baskets have been on my want-to-try list for forever, and this week I took the plunge. After conquering the first one, I want to make a million of these clothesline baskets. A million! Additionally, I'm loving the simple stripe in this basket. We're exploring all things Scandinavian this month, and this basket fills the bill with equal parts monochrome and texture.
Can you have enough baskets? I don't think so. Here is a fun and easy way to upcycle those super inexpensive thrift store baskets you can find anywhere.
Put old t-shirts, fabric scraps, and discarded bedding to use with this fun -- and functional -- DIY idea!
We are a bit strapped for closet space here in San Francisco –- the verdict is still out on if it’s because I have a shopping problem or the fact that our 1906 apartment has tiny closets! I had been on the hunt for a practical way to store excess blankets and pillows when I came up with the idea to make a fabric basket.
Well, THESE are awesome! I'm not a big basket person usually, but I would definitely make an exception for these DIY beauties.
Ryan from The Blooming Thread designed this gorgeous felt rose basket and shares the how to with the world. Kinda reminds me of Curbly's own foldable gift box project. For
'Tis the season of cocoa and gift baskets, so there couldn't be anything more appropriate to combine them. The marriage? Dee-light-ful! The folks at Fiskars tell us how they did it, using Fiskars products, of course, but a bit of free hand cutting could produce equally cute results if you don't have all the suggested tools on hand. Here's a few things you'll need to start construction:
- a small wicker basket
- card stock for trim, several...
Jeffery Rudell never ceases to amaze me. Today he shows us how to weave a basket out of newspapers. A cleverly ironic way to recycle newspapers that will store newspapers waiting to be recycled!! LOVE it!
What will you need to make one? These items:
A simple tutorial for folding a basic paper basket.
I'll take mine full of fresh spring berries, please.
Diane's recycled-from-boxes Easter baskets couldn't be a more perfect home for our Frugal Easter Eggs. Seriously, how ingenious is this? Packaging boxes woven into the cute, free and recyclable baskets?? Fabulous.
In my on-going effort to clothe naked baskets everywhere–well, at least in my house–I decided to try crocheting basket liners. If you decide you’d like to make one of these, I’d suggest using yarn that doesn’t snag easily. A sturdy 4ply acrylic works great.
Since baskets vary considerably, you use the basket itself as a pattern, fitting as you go. To start, you’ll want to make a panel–or a circle, as the case may be–to fit the bottom of the...
If assembling a moss hanging basket seems a bit intimidating, take a look at this video. The procedure is easy and the result is gorgeous!
Portable file totes are a great way to store papers, but they’re generally very utilitarian. However, if you want a more attractive and inexpensive alternative, you might want to convert a straw handbag or basket into a personal file cabinet. The whole process took me about ten minutes and cost–no kidding–$2.50.
What you’ll need:
A straw tote or basket that will accommodate letter or legal-sized manila file folders (I found the perfect straw tote...
As Memorial Day is just around the corner, that means so is picnic season. For everything dining al fresco, amble on over to picnicfun.com, which just happens to be having a 25% off Memorial Day Sale. Their fully furnished baskets start at around 40 bucks and end at about a thousand.
For a romantic outing for two, is the Aegean Deluxe Travel Picnic ($44), which includes plates, flatware, corkscrew, cutting board, cheese knife and salt and pepper...
A few years ago, I heard Martha give a tutorial on how to assemble a housewarming gift based upon the basket given to George and Mary Bailey in "It’s a Wonderful Life." Basically, you find a lovely basket, fill it with decorative ‘grass’ and add a loaf of bread, a container of salt and a bottle of wine. You then write or print out in a fancy font the following:
Bread! That this house may never know hunger
Salt! That life may always have flavor