Look good and feel good with this trendy, on-point backpack that doubles at a picnic basket. And? It's made from materials you already have at home. Impress friends and dates with The Wearable Picnic Basket as your ultimate picnic companion.
You know you need it. Let's get started.
Step 1: Materials You'll Need
- Cardboard box (I suggest Amazon's medium-sized: 18.5in x 13.25in x 6.5in)
- Two old leather belts
- Mod Podge (or some other paintable sealant/adhesive)
- Duct tape
- Exacto knife
- Measuring tape
- Items you want in a picnic basket (cheese, crackers, cards, magazines, napkins, beer)
- Elastic ribbon
- A small stick
- Hot glue gun and spare glue sticks
- Large cereal box
- Empty cardboard beer 6-pack holder
Step 2: Box Cutting
The body of your backpack is made of a cardboard box. Depending on how big you want your picnic basket backpack, you can choose any box you like. For the purpose of the instructions and measurements moving forward, I'll be using a medium sized Amazon box (18.5in x 13.25in x 6.5in) which fits the body of most picnic-goers.
- Cut all seams of the box and remove small flaps.
- Sitting the box tall-side up, cut front and back faces diagonally as shown.
Step 3: Install the Front Lock
You'll need a way to secure your valuables!
- Measure 10in from the bottom and make four punctures in the box.
- Tread elastic ribbon through each set of holes on each side and tie securely from the box.
- Test with the stick and ensure that the elastic is tight enough to hold.
Step 4: Adding the Straps
This is the most fun! Find two belts that are roughly the same size and width. From there:
- Size the belts to be even (if needed use a backpack in the house to do so as a guide).
- Make four incisions in the box, two horizonal slits in the top and two veritcal slits in the bottom (my horizonal slits are 15in from the bottom and spaced from the center as shown, my vertical slits are one inch from the bottom of the box).
- Lace the belts through and position the buckles in the location of your choosing (I like the look of them being outside).
Step 5: Structurally Securing
Because this item will be on the road and in weather, take time to make sure it's structurally secure.
- First, take two long 1in strips from your cardboard cereal box and use hot glue to line the bottom and outside of the backpack with hot glue.
- Use the duct tape to reinforce all inside corners and beautify the insides of the box to your liking with duct tape if you want a metallic look on the inside.
Step 6: Inside Customization -- Card Holder
You have a choice to customize the inside of the picnic basket as you wish. If you'd like to make a playing card holder:
-Use 1in-wide strips from the cereal box and and wrap around the cards to size.
-Hot glue the overlaps and hot glue the cereal cardboard to the inside of the pack.
Step 7: Inside Customization -- Beverage Holders
This is a fun way to use 6-packs!
- Take your beer 6-pack holder and cut out the sides to reveal just the center two beer holding spaces.
- Hot glue the back of the holder and place in the middle of the box between the straps.
- Because of the weight of the beer, only one beer can be held here (cardboard will rip) so use the second holder for a light item, like holding napkins.
- Use a different single holder that you cut out and hot glue place it in the corner of the box for the second beer.
Step 8: Inside Customization -- Crackers and Cheese
Following the way you made the playing card holder:
- Wrap extra scrap cereal box or 6-pack cardboard around the items of interest and make pockets or slings to fit the items.
- Hot glue those to the sides of the wall and let dry thoroughly before use.
Step 9: Weaving the Top
The woven top pays homage to the traditional picnic basket in a stylish way. It also allows for breathability of your items and it is hinged on one side for easy access of items while wearing.
- Cut out 6 1in strips length-wise on in your large cardboard box (should be no less than 20in long).
- Cut out 16 1in strips from the remaining materials (should be no less than 9in long).
- Tape the long strips down in 1in increments.
- Use the shorter pieces to weave (intersperse strips as shown).
- Once your weave is complete, lay duct tape on the table and place the weave on the center line of the duct tape. Wrap around to seal on all 4 sides.
Step 10: Attaching the Top
This can be tricky. You ultimately want a top that opens on one side so that you can access your items. You secure half of the weave to a fitted piece of cardboard which you hog glue to one of the sloping surfaces of the top.
- Use a flap of the cardboard which you cut off from your box early in the process. Cut to make the length shorter so that it fits flush to the sloped surface.
- Apply hot glue to the top of the sloped surface and place the fitted cardboard here.
- Then glue that piece of sloped cardboard and apply the weave.
Step 11: The Glossy Topcoat
Protect your pack from the inclement weather and elements! Paint on a coat of Mod Podge over the woven section for a nice shine (and protection).