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:
glue gun and sticks
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!