homemade picnic basket • A Subtle Revelry

homemade picnic basket

The last project I am sharing from our summer evening picnic is perhaps one of my favorites. I had a pretty scarf in my closet that was a bit rejected and unused, so I decided to turn it into a picnic basket! It lent the perfect touch of handcrafted style to our summery day and cost almost nothing to make. A fun project for the warm and long days ahead.

To make the picnic basket I cut off a square of the scarf and drenched it in a 1/2 glue 1/2 water mixture. I used an old gift box as my mold and once the fabric was wet I laid it out on the box. I spent a few minutes shaping it around the box and turned in the ends to secure the fabric on top of the mold. I let the whole project dry for about 48 hours and gently pulled off my dried, stiffened fabric box.

I opted to leave the edges raw on my final version, it just seemed right for summer:) You could turn them in and fabric glue if you want a more perfect finish. Once the box was complete I filled it with tiny summer sandwiches and enjoyed it’s refreshing whim…

Photos by Jackie Wonders for a subtle revelry.



  1. What a great idea. You could use doilys too! So cute!

  2. Shasta

    1 August

    Yum! How creative!

  3. very married

    1 August

    do your great ideas ever end? I would have never thought of this!

  4. Rebecca

    1 August

    Wow Victoria, seriously, you think of such original ideas! This is beautiful, creative and so practical!!

  5. Victoria

    1 August

    Oh my… You are all so sweet today. I have been laid up sick this morning and just popping on and feeling your encouragement has made a world of difference:) Thanks!

  6. Loving this idea!

  7. Lena

    1 August

    What a charming picnic, and such a yummy snack!

  8. claire

    15 August

    I like this a lot! Thanks for sharing the how-to :)

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  12. What wonderful idea! I have a picnic play date tomorrow at a strawberry farm and wish I had enough time to make my very own scarf picnic basket. Maybe I should make one now so it’s ready for next time . . .

  13. Your scarf basket is beautiful, how clever of you! I have this linked to my picnics post as well today, thanks for posting your tutorial!

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