Saturday, January 19, 2019

Upcyled Tin Picnic Basket with Stencil

The Picnic Basket was such a thoughtful gift from my sweet sister and her husband.
Absolutely delicious ! I am sure she picked it knowing that I would just love
the tin basket....and I did.

She knows I save everything : )

 The size of the basket is perfect to reuse, the basket weave
is printed and the handles are made of wood. It is very nice quality.
The picture below shows the basket. I did not paint the lid. I liked the original color.

Picture and Description from Harry and David Catalog-
Still available on line

Picnic Basket Gift Tin
  • Approx. 6 Royal Riviera® Pears (2 lb 3 oz)
  • Sharp white cheddar cheese (4 oz)
  • Olive oil and sea salt water crackers (4 oz)
  • Dry salami (8 oz)
  • Spinach artichoke dip (12 oz)
  • Roasted almonds (4 oz)
  • Signature truffles [coffee, cherry, raspberry, almond, all dark, double chocolate] (4 oz)
  • Tin container, 11.5 in L x 7.75 in W x 6.7 in H
  • Net Weight: 4 lb 7 oz

    I used one of my favorite stencils from
    Cathe Holden's- Inspired Barn at
    I looked through my Acrylic paints to match the blue and taped off  the label area.
    I was excited and did not stop to take a picture! Sorry
    After the base color dried I taped down my stencil.
     I like to use painter's tape because it is less sticky and you don't want to damage your stencil.
    Remember- You can always use tape to block off or cover areas

    that you do not want to paint.
     I used a color that was similar to the basket weave tone.
    Use a stencil brush and off load your paint,
    so your brush seems dry- less is best!
    After my stencil work dried on one side I turned it around
    and did the other side.
    After everything was dry, I sealed the new label area with
    FolkArt's Home D├ęcor WAX  in the color- Antique
    A small amount goes a long way.
    Just a bit on a soft rag is all you need.
    You can use clear wax or skip this step.
    I wanted to darken the color of my paint for a better match to the lid.
    I loved the blue color, but if you don't the lid can be painted any color.
    Rustoleum spray paint with primer is what I would recommend if you change the color.
    Vintage Tin Picnic Baskets are hard to find and expensive.
    This is my alternative look for less : )
    I'm not sure but I think this project is upcyled, recycled AND repurposed !!!
    Let me knew if you like how this turned out-
    Thank you so much!
    Xo Lisa S


    1. That stincel is perfect. You did a great job!

    2. Love how it came out and love how you displayed it!!

    3. came out great. it looks perfect the way you display it with the other basket. xo- maryjo

      1. Thank you, MaryJo
        I loved your sweet comment! I am so glad you were here!
        xo Lisa S

    4. Love that shoe container,looks big enuf to accommodate some of my boots.Our very small walk in closet is cluttered with boots and shoes,no place to keep them. Will get on IKEA, see if I can find this shoe keeper. We don't have an IKEA here close by anywhere.We live few miles west of Grand Junction,CO. Even when we lived in San Diego area they weren't open there yet, doggone it.

      1. Keep and eye open and one might come your way.
        This won't hold shoes unless you are a Barbie Doll :)
        But it will hold paperclips and such !xo Lisa S

    5. Great upcycle, Lisa! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

    6. This is a wonderful upcycle, Lisa and it will be featured tonight on my blog. Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJs!

      1. Ann
        oh Thanks so much! I appreciate this so much- xo Lisa S

    7. Super cute! Thanks for sharing at To Grandma's House We Go DIY, Crafts, Recipes and more Link Party. I pinned this! Hope to have you join us again next week.

      1. Sheri,
        Thanks you for the sweet comment! I hope you have a great week! xo Lisa S

    8. Great re-purpose Lisa. Featuring when my link party opens up tonight!

      1. Carol,
        Oh thank you so much! I am thrilled! I appreciate you so much. xo Lisa S

    9. Such a great upcycle!!! And, loving that desk! I have one that looks just like it!
      ~Emily @

      1. Thank you so much! You have the same desk! That's awesome.
        I have often thought of painting it. Is yours painted ?
        I always leave mine open too, do you? xo Lisa S



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