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DIY Suitcase Picnic Basket

Paige Paige Eat, Holidays, Home & Family, Play

Summer is coming and it’s the perfect time to plan the perfect picnic!  I LOVE picnics…Even just last week, we had friends visiting from Australia and we took them to Malibu Wines for a picnic.  There is nothing quite like enjoying friendship, good conversation, great background music, and of course…yummy picnic items.  Since you are always sitting on the floor, it’s always important to be prepared.  A picnic basket is great…but a picnic suitcase that can hold all of your goodies PLUS become a table when you are there takes your picnicking to the next level…also – it’s really cute!

For me, picnics aren’t just about the food.  It’s about making great memories with wonderful friends…and truly taking time to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

You Will Need:

  • Hot Glue Gun/Glue Sticks
  • (4) Four 2”x2” Square Dowels (cut lengths will depend on size of suitcase)
  • Vintage Suitcase (or one that looks vintage)
  • Screwdriver or Screw Gun
  • 1” Drywall Screws
  • 4 Folding Leg Brackets
  • Fabric Gift Bags (assorted colors and sizes)
  • Plastic Cups, Cutlery, Plates, etc. – service for four
  • Velcro Dots
  • Nylon Strap Cord or similar straps
  • Scissors
  • 4 Narrow Hinges (OPTIONAL DEPENDING ON SUITCASE)

How-To:

1. If suitcase only opens up 90 degrees, remove hinges and add narrow hinges.
2. Measure the space that you have for your legs.
3. Cut legs depending on size of suitcase.
4. Attach one side to the folding leg bracket. Do this for all four legs.
5. Take the leg bracket and attach it to the inside of the suitcase. Screw in place. You may want to add a little hot glue to make sure they are sturdy.
6. Assure that all the legs fit inside the suitcase when closed.
7. Take gift bags, Velcro and straps, and start attaching them to the inside of both sides of your suitcase. These will hold plates, cups, cutlery, etc. Make sure to figure out layout before gluing and attaching.
8. Fill with goodies and enjoy your new DIY Suitcase Picnic Table!

TIPS:
1. Using vintage suitcases (or even decorative ones) are essential because they are made of wood, thus it is easier to drill and screw into them than a regular suitcase.
2. Using a vintage suitcase, you will find that they usually come with a hinge on the side. If yours does, remove that mechanism. The new decorative suitcases, however, do not fold all the way open, so take off the hinges and add a narrow hinge instead.
3. If you buy the 2”x2” at the hardware store, they will cut the wood for you.

This DIY is perfect for summer and will help make those wonderful memories in years to come. For more summer DIY inspiration make sure you visit us at Home & Family and share with us all of your crafts and DIYs on Instagram and Twitter @paigehemmis 

XOXO,

Paige

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