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« on: June 22, 2011 06:42:24 PM »

When I first saw the birthday picnic suitcase from fun.kytime, I knew I had to make something like it.

Here is what inspired me.
http://fun.kyti.me/index.php/2011/04/birthday-in-a-suitcase/

And here's my version. It's a Luau picnic basket!


Materials Used:
old suitcase
spray paint
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Whatever you want to put into your basket!


My first thought was what kind of fabric to use. I thought that if I put regular fabric in, that once I used it, the fabric could get stained and then it would look messy. So I went with oil cloth-easy to wipe up any messes.

I gutted the suitcase (save the pieces, you will use them later)


I spray painted the outside of suitcase with regular spray paint. It took several coats and some time for it to completely dry.

While my case was drying, I took the fabric pieces and used them as a template for oil cloth.



I cut out the top and placed it in to make sure it fit.


In order to get the oil cloth to fit the bottom, I cut a piece big enough to overlap the sides. I then cut diagonal slits in all four sides for the fabric to sit inside the box.



You can either staple or hot glue the oil cloth into the case. I tried both and found that the glue gun worked better.

I had a little bit of the suitcase still showing, so I added ribbon around the edge to hide it.


Now for the fun part! Deciding what to put in my basket/case


Once I decided on what to put in it, I decided on placement. I took my glue gun, velcro and ribbon and secured the plates and silverware.


Again, on the bottom, I decided placement and used ribbon and my glue gun to secure the items. I didn't like the way it looked with just the naked ribbon so I added flowers to cover the connection


Of course I had to add a little tablecloth/blanket and sunglasses. Don't forget the umbrella and swizzle sticks!

I also thought the outside was too plain, so I glued some flowers to the front. I might put some hula girls on it.


There you have it! A luau picnic basket! I'm ready for my tropical destination...and so are the pups!



PS-my dear husband wanted to let everyone know that those are his hands in some of the shots, not mine. Hee hee!
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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2011 06:51:27 PM »

This is a really cool idea! What a great way to breathe new life into an old suitcase.  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2011 06:54:04 PM »

I love this idea! (I just knew your arms were not that hairy!) Great job!
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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2011 07:07:57 PM »

This is a great idea! I love the choice of fabric inside the basket.
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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2011 07:08:26 PM »

HA HA! Here are few more close-ups. Thanks for the compliments!



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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2011 07:26:04 PM »

Are you SURE you're not the person in the third photo? lol. you did a good job converting it to a b-day kit.
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« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2011 09:15:27 PM »

this is amazing! Now I must find an old suit case... and some checkered fabric.  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2011 09:39:33 PM »

I couldn't love this more Smiley. Thank you for the tutorial!! It looks like such a fun project. I especially appreciate that there is a special spot for a bottle of booze Smiley.
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« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2011 09:52:12 PM »

I couldn't love this more Smiley. Thank you for the tutorial!! It looks like such a fun project. I especially appreciate that there is a special spot for a bottle of booze Smiley.

 Grin I made sure that strap was adjustable depending on the booze on hand

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« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2011 07:30:42 AM »

Amazing Cheesy I love the colours used, soooo 60's Cheesy
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