I had the best time at the Raleigh Flea Market this past Saturday! One of the treasures I found was this beautiful old picnic basket! I have been searching for several years for just the right picnic basket, and was so excited to find this one and for a great price, too!
I have had this project in mind for years, just waiting for the right picnic basket to come along:
It involves the picnic basket &...you guessed it!....Chalkboard paint!!!!!!
I painted a couple of coats on the inside of the lid. This way when you lift the lid to get out your goodies everyone can see your fun message!
I used Chalk Ink markers made just for chalkboards (found @ Michael's or on Amazon) to write about the fun things you do on a picnic! This would also be cute for writing your picnic menu, or a quote or love note!
The cool thing about these Chalk Ink markers is they don't smudge, so the writing doesn't come off till you clean it with water or a little ammonia based cleaner! Perfect for this project....your message won't be erased by the yummies in your basket!
No lid on your picnic basket???
Just get a small chalkboard, drill 2 holes in the top of the wood (or just use your trusty hot glue gun!) and tie it with ribbon to the front of your basket!
Tuck in some pretty fabric to line your picnic basket, and fill with:
mouth-waterin' yummy goodies
pretty vintage little plates you found thriftin'
some binoculars for bird watching
a frisbee or bubbles or deck of cards
a good book or magazine to gaze at
a couple of plastic grocery bags to hold dirty dishes on the way home
and your camera to capture the memories!
My girls are home on track-out (they go to a year-round school....9 weeks tracked in school, then 3 weeks tracked out...all year round....yes, they get additional holiday breaks, and yes we LOVE it!) so I'm heading to the kitchen now to pack a yummy picnic lunch for the family!
Isn't this project fun?!!
Let me know if you try this too!
ps--Thank you SO much to everyone for the dear birthday messages y'all left me yesterday! It totally made my day :)!!!