DIY picnic basket, lunch box & flask upcycling project


Have you seen this month’s issue of Reloved Magazine yet? If not, quickly get yourself a copy from WH Smith, Sainsburys, Tesco or Costco, because my picnic project is in the magazine with an impressive double-page spread (and 3 further pages of step-by-step photos, too!) Yes, I’m seriously excited! Not one but three of my DIY upcycles were featured so I thought I’d show you a sneaky peek at what you can expect to see. The step-by-step guides to make this picnic set is in Issue 44 of Relovd so please check it out while it’s still on the newsagents’ shelves this week. There are three elements covered in this issue; sewing a liner to turn a bike basket into a picnic basket, giving a flask and lunchbox a makeover, and painting on a pretty floral design – something I’ve never attempted before but that was SO easy to do.We took a trip to the beach to take these lovely photos of the finished project and I’m very proud of how the images turned out. And we had a lovely picnic lunch at the same time, yum! That is, until a big red setter came over to investigate and snaffled all the meat from our picnic, eek! The DIY itself was one of the most involved – yet easiest – projects I’ve done so far. I actually think I’m going to paint more kitchen and home items using this paint-dipping technique because it looks so impressive yet it’s just a few dots of colour grouped together. I’m no artist yet I was able to paint a design that looks pretty-much exactly like I hoped it would, phew!Sewing a basket liner is also pretty easy if you do it the lazy way, like I did! I just draped the fabric over the upturned basket, pinned the corners together and stitched up the 3D shape. Any fabric would work for this project, so I used some pretty patterned cotton fabric I had saved ‘just in case’.Anyway, you can see all the step-by-step photos and read how to recreate it yourself at home in Issue 44 of Reloved magazine. It’s still available in the shops right now so rush out and grab yourself a copy today! Thanks guys 🙂

Author: Cassiefairy

Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.


  1. Thank you so much Sarah, I’m pretty chuffed! I know what you mean, I’m so up for a picnic next time the sun is shining! 🙂

  2. Yay, congrats on getting featured in the magazine! How awesome! I really love your photographs on the beach 🙂 The design that you painted on the flask and the lunchbox is so lovely! I really want to go on a proper little picnic x

    Sarah | Raiin Monkey

  3. Yay thank you Becky! It was really fun to make 😀

  4. Love the flask and lunch box design – so pretty!

  5. Thanks so much Dianne, you are very kind! Ooh yes definitely have a go at the DIY – and send me the link when you do! 🙂

  6. I love this it is so pretty! The staging of your photos is fabulous by the way, I think I will have a go at revamping my own flask now I will be sure to link back when I do, also I really love the old bike. x

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