Picture of Portable Park

I love thrift store shopping and often come across items that just don’t seem to move. The slide carousel is #1. Coffee makers are a strong second. And number 3, is old briefcases. I guess no one wants to look behind the times when it comes to business, so there they sit. I can’t stand to think of anything being left out, so I put my thinking cap on and came up with a way to get them back into circulation . I introduce to you the Portable Park for all your picnic time needs.

If you have a loved one who works in a concrete jungle and doesn’t have the opportunity to go eat with nature, this is just the thing for you to make as a surprise lunch kit. Not super practical for everyday use, but great as a pick me up for a day known to be full of tough meetings. And then once you’ve had your fun, just put it in a window to see if you can keep the grass growing for a little patch of park inside.

*This is a 're-post' of a project I did in 2009 as a guest writer for Design*Sponge:

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replayreb9 months ago

I thought you should have won the contest. It was the most Spring-centric entry and definitely the most original. Keep 'em coming!

bajablue9 months ago

Love this!

rickysp89 months ago

Wow!! Very fun I would love to see your tiny lawnmower ;)

Ariexis9 months ago
wouldn't the grass die? im guessing you would want to keep it facing a window and water a couple times a week but the water may ruin the briefcase right? Astroturf would last longer but not have the same feel and smell.....
timfiredog10 months ago
Ok, this is just fantastic! My 11 yr old daughter says "awesome" so anything winning approval of her get 3 thumbs up.
Paige Russell (author)  timfiredog9 months ago

Please tell your daughter 'thank you'! : )

This is so awesome! For some reason, from the first picture, I convinced myself this was miniature! I've decided this should be named Portable Personal Picnic Park because I love alliteration!

Paige Russell (author)  Penolopy Bulnick9 months ago

Alliteration is by far one my favorite forms of writing fun! I agree that that should have been the name. : )

Misac-kun10 months ago

don't forget some ants in the grass to share your meal with.

Paige Russell (author)  Misac-kun9 months ago

Wouldn't be a picnic without 'em!

timojloo10 months ago
When you close the lid and hold the suitcase by the handle, doesnt the turf move around?
Paige Russell (author)  timojloo9 months ago

Hi! Sorry for the slow response. If you find a case that doesn't have a lot of extra space in between the lid and the grass, it actually stays quite nicely. I didn't have an issue with this one. Happy making!

ntaylor159 months ago
Wow 10000000 stars this rocks totally voting

Brilliant! You win! :)

threeoutside10 months ago

What a cute idea! I'll never go through the thrift shop with quite the same mind-set as before...LOL my friends better look out, they all might be getting something like this! Well done!

Cody687510 months ago
kspeaker10 months ago
hello this is amazing
bob303010 months ago
Very cute and certainly worthy of my vote. Thanks for posting this "Spring Inspired" instructable.
cjs129810 months ago
one of the cleverist things i've seen ob Instructables.
Mielameri10 months ago
What a wonderfully whimsical idea...and a great way to chase away the concrete jungle/winter blues!
billbillt10 months ago

very cool..

jmwells10 months ago
Actually NASA has done a similar thing, tho I'm told it was AstroTurf. Don't want an astronaut freaking out up there. The Air Force put larger similar ones only bigger in bomb shelters for the same reason. Still, a great idea tho. Great work.
ZebraComet10 months ago

Really really cool, nice job!

sunshiine10 months ago

Now how clever is this? Awesome!