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Upcycled Picnic Baskets for Home Decor

When the seasons are quickly changing and spring turns into summer, that makes me think outdoor adventures. One of my favorite ways to spend time with my loves is a picnic. The other strong affinity I have is for baskets. Yes, I’m a basket addict. Are you? So it was no surprise when I spied this set of small picnic baskets at the thrift store that I grabbed them to come home with me. How about we have an upcycled picnic baskets adventure today?

Thrifted Picnic Baskets Before | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Unfortunately, these baskets are a tad too small for my family of 8 to make use of for our needs. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t have some DIY fun to make them cute for someone else, right?

DIY TIME

First, let’s take a closer look. One of the baskets has hinges a third of the way in the lid. It’s by Peterboro Basket Co and is super cute. Out of the two, I’d say this one is better made. However, it does have stains and wear to it in various places.

Peterboro Picnic Basket | prodigalpieces.com

Next, the second one is from a hospital that, I believe, is given out to new mom’s after having a baby. Then, if you peek under the lid it has the logo displayed. Likewise, I also use one of these same baskets for my embroidery. So handy!

Inside Picnic Basket Lid | prodigalpieces.com

So, aside from just those minor flaws or wear, they are ready for a makeover. I’m all about having fun making them new. You can see how I made a table out of this one, and an insulated picnic basket from another one HERE. Plus, I like to crochet my own too. Baskets are da bomb!

DIY TIME

First, in order to get the baskets ready for a makeover, I use my orbital sander to take off the wear and finish on the lids. Then, each top got a soaking of the reactive stain for Aged Wood. Reactive means it’s a natural stain that reacts with the tannins in the wood to age naturally. My goal is to create a days-gone-by look.

Staining Upcycled Picnic Baskets with Aged Wood Reactive Stain by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Then, once the stain cures I apply a coat of paint to the base of one of the baskets. We all can use some color fun in our lives, right?

Painting Upcycled Picnic Basket Base | prodigalpieces.com

Last, but least I add some stenciling to jazz up the tops. You know I love me some typography! Plus, I have enjoyed using this grain sack stencil on upholstery, wall decor, and more.

Adding Stenciling to Upcycled Baskets Top | prodigalpieces.com

THE REVEALS

Finally, here’s my duo upcycled picnic baskets in their new looks. Which one suits you best?

Farmhouse Style Upcycled PIcnic Baskets with Stenils by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #home #homedecor #cottage

DIY Repurposed Vintage Picnic Baskets by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #vintage #home #summer

The blue one has the aged look with gray wax and a French postage stamp on top. Also, inside is painted the same.

Postage Stamp Stencil on Upcycled Picnic Baskets by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #home

Inside Blue Picnic Basket by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #home

SECOND BASKET

Next, is the Peterboro basket that I basically aged with stain, black wax, and the grain sack stencil. Likewise, the interior is the same as the exterior.

Grain Sack Basket Top by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #home

Inside Grain Sack Basket by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #french #farmhouse #home

Who’s ready for a picnic? It’s definitely been beautiful weather here, flowers are in bloom, and the sun is shining. I’m game!

Summer Time Picnic with Vintage Upcycled Baskets by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #summer #picnic #basket

French Farmhouse Picnic Baskets Upcycled by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #picnic #home

If you like to own either of these baskets, you can find them and more available in my online shop. (SOLD) I’m always adding new things, so stop by and see!

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In addition, do pin and share my upcycled picnic baskets to inspire others. You know there are picnics just waiting to happen!

Dynamic Duo! These two vintage baskets are ready for a makeover. Upcycled Picnic Basket are fun. Come see at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #picnic #basket #home

Up next, one of my daughter’s wants to give this Queen Anne side table a refreshing new look. See the after HERE.

Queen Anne Table Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

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Comments

  1. Rebecca - NC says

    Adorable!! I especially like the painted one. I would never have thought paint could make such a difference! That’s so cute, you could easily leave crochet, sewing, knitting or craft supplies out without anyone being the wiser!! 😂💕

    • Larissa says

      That’s my kinda thinking. I love to use functional storage that is part of decor, not just box-store boring. 🙂

    • Larissa says

      So good to hear from you, Paula. Thanks! I’m a sucker for all things basket. 😉

  2. Cheryl r Atkinson says

    Such cute baskets. I think I like the painted one.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! I like both for different reasons, but the hinged middle top is a fun change.

  3. Diane says

    I think I like the blue one the best too 🙂

    Keep up the great crafty projects! You inspire us all!

  4. susan says

    They’re both so cute but I’m partial to the painted one! Can you share the link for the postage stamp stencil? Love it!

    • Larissa says

      It sure is fun to dress these up. I got the stencil at a local hardware store (I love to support local), but it is by DecoArt.

  5. Little Debbie says

    As a collector of hobbies.
    This idea suits me to a T!
    I can hide my different projects in
    progress with know one the wiser…😉

    • Larissa says

      You are definitely a kindred spirit! haha! Yes, for sure.

  6. Marie B. says

    Very nice picnic basket upcycles, Larissa, and I love them both!

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