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Styled Eats: DIY Picnic Baskets and Free Printable

This is the next post in my new series Styled Eats that focuses on how to package and make food pretty. This brilliant DIY picnic basket is the work of Alexis Birkmeyer. The materials to make this are really simple. Here we used an extra heavy butcher paper but you could even use poster board or a flexible cardstock. You just trace the template, cut it out and fold. So easy! If you wanted to use these for a bigger party I would call together some friends to help make them. These are a special detail that you can add when you are entertaining but they don’t feel fussy or too precious. Find the full instructions and more photos below.

See full instructions and free printable after the jump.

Materials Needed: Free Printable Template, posterboard or extra thick butcher paper 18″ x 24″ for each bucket, exacto knife (or scissors if you aren’t worried about straight lines.) For the picnic here we also used these food bags, some wooden baskets, and pretty napkins.

Step 1: Print out free printable (click here to download) and cut it out.
Step 2: You trace the template four times onto the 18″ x 24″ heavy paper. Starting in one corner trace the template with the handle at the top and facing inward. Flip it like a mirror image and trace again. Flip it from the bottom and trace again. Trace it to the side one last time. (See photos for reference.)
Step 3: Once it is traced cut it out.
Step 4: Take the two sides with the slits and slip them over the corresponding handle to create a sweet little picnic basket.
Step 5: Fill with goodies and serve to your guests.

Concept + Photos + Styling by Alexis Birkmeyer for Oh Happy Day

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  1. Adventures in Dressmaking

    April 17, 2012

    What a great idea! I would maybe do something similar using old heavy paper grocery bags. I hate when I don’t have enough canvas bags so have to get them. Such a cute DIY!

    • jordan
      • jordan
      • April 17, 2012

      Hi Suzannah– We tried paper grocery bags and they are a little too small. If you wanted to make the bucket size smaller you could reduce the the template size.

  2. Lisette

    April 17, 2012

    What a clever and functional idea. I will have to try making these.

  3. Angela Marie

    April 17, 2012

    How fun! Too bad picnic season will be over soon here in Arizona (if it isn’t already). I will have to try this next year <3

    – Angela Marie @

  4. Michelle A

    April 17, 2012

    So clever and darling. A great way to use up wrapping paper too!

  5. Sarah

    April 17, 2012

    Are you kidding me about the wooden baskets? A set of 240? I love those things, but most people wouldn’t buy 240 of those, even if they are a bargain at $214.

  6. Kacie

    April 17, 2012

    These are so fantastic! There is NOTHING better than a Parisian picnic, but a picnic in general is pretty fabulous too!


  7. jillian

    April 17, 2012

    how cute – and practical! i can’t wait until it stops raining in scotland so i can try this out!


  8. Stacy

    April 17, 2012

    Love these! Will try them with some sturdy but pretty Christmas paper for office presents. Thank you.

  9. Jane

    April 17, 2012

    Love the look of these. You could also fold one like this which I tried, and you can glue the handles for a stronger grip.

  10. karolina {confetti+cookies}

    April 17, 2012

    This is sooo cool. I plan to make post-bday picnic for friends. These would be perfect! Thanks for sharing!!!

  11. Hanneke

    April 17, 2012

    that is such a cute idea!

  12. Sarah

    April 17, 2012

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this. I’m so thankful you love picnics as much as I do. There isn’t enough content out in the blog world giving good picnic ideas =)

    – Sarah

  13. paola@love+cupcakes

    April 17, 2012

    So clever! I LOVE picnics and I can’t wait to give this a try :)

  14. Miya

    April 17, 2012

    I cannot wait to try this with my little foodie. My allergies are not as excited…
    Great idea!

  15. marci

    April 17, 2012

    I love this idea! I think I’m going to do this for our little gal’s second birthday party! thanks for this clever idea!

  16. Jessi

    April 17, 2012

    Great idea! I can’t wait to try this with our friends :)

  17. HEIDI

    April 17, 2012

    just brilliant, too bad I have to wait a while till picnic season starts in Poland!

  18. Sarah

    April 17, 2012

    I’m sorry that I complained about your wooden baskets. They are way cool. I just think there’s gotta be a better source for them than buying so many.

  19. engquist@see what i sea designs

    April 17, 2012

    I just did something similar this past weekend for Easter celebrations. We made our own baskets out of paper bags..was a huge success. These picnic totes are absolutely darling though! What fun they would be for bringing gifts to a friend.

  20. Jennifer McCaffrey

    April 17, 2012

    Absolutely love this!!! What a great idea, and so pretty!

  21. kayla

    April 17, 2012

    This is such a cute idea! thanks for sharing :)

  22. bevy

    April 17, 2012

    awww, i like it so much! makes me want to go on a picnic right this second! and drink lemonade, yum!

  23. Kathryn Cumming

    April 17, 2012

    I love the idea of individual packed lunches for a picnic… just like school again!

    I did something similar here….

  24. nonchalant green

    April 17, 2012

    Picnic in May. Thx for the DIY Picnic Baskets Free Printable!! My Friends going to LOVE it!! :)

  25. Hannah

    April 17, 2012

    Oh this is such a cute idea! i love picnics ♥

  26. EllenQ

    April 17, 2012

    Wow. Genius, just genius.

  27. Viv

    April 17, 2012

    This is a really cute idea! :)

  28. Robync

    April 17, 2012

    These are so cute! I can’t wait to make them for a picnic in the park eek!

  29. kim

    April 17, 2012

    wow – that looks like fun! great idea guys!

  30. Lo

    April 18, 2012

    Thanks a lot for this very good idea!
    I’ve never seen this kind of paper, as thick as yours.
    Do you find it in Paris?

  31. aloÿse

    April 18, 2012

    I want the sun back to try to do this!!!
    Simplement adorable.

  32. Amanda | Little Door On The Sound

    April 18, 2012

    Wow what a creative idea! How do you make such awesome templates?? It’s so amazing. I’m very inspired to go picnic-ing with the fam this weekend!



  33. The slow pace

    April 18, 2012

    What a wonderful idea! I love picnics and I can’t wait for Spring to come!! Yeah, where I live it’s still Winter umpf…

  34. Katie

    April 18, 2012

    So cute. Think it would be fun or next weekend brunch.

  35. Quindome

    April 18, 2012

    Wow! These are really cool. I am kind of blown away by how cute you could make these for a party with a printed heavy card stock!

  36. Michelle

    April 18, 2012


  37. miniNigella

    April 18, 2012

    your DIY are always THE best……I love love love this one !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. sara walk

    April 18, 2012

    ADORABLE! Im inspired to picnic now

  39. Morgan

    April 18, 2012

    Love this idea! With all this warm weather – what better way to spend the day than soaking up the sun and bring along a picnic?!

  40. Morgan

    April 18, 2012

    Love this idea! Very eco friendly and what better way to spend these hot days we’ve been having than to soak up the sun and bring along a picnic!?

  41. carole

    April 18, 2012

    Such a cool idea, but then I have come to expect it from OHD. I love that it is nota time consuming project and can be tossed at the end of the picnic. No toting home and dealing with the remains of the day! Always a plus in my book.

  42. Erin

    April 18, 2012

    This is absolutely darling! Definitely trying this out once summer arrives!

  43. Daniela

    April 18, 2012

    Hi! Such a cute idea…I’m curious where all the other accessories come from? Love the napkins, the sack for the potato chips, the grape container, etc…Thanks!

  44. Irene

    April 19, 2012

    Super cute! I really love picnics!!

  45. WhileHeWasOut

    April 19, 2012

    Lovely, I’ll try to make one of these to serve as the gift bag for the home-made home-spa goodies for my friend’s birthday. Thank you for the tutorial!

  46. Kate Martin

    April 19, 2012

    Thank you for the great template!! I reduced the size to 70% and it fit almost perfectly on a 12×12 piece of card stock. I’m going to send a muffin and yogurt for my DD teachers for breakfast tomorrow. Thanks again!!

  47. Sweet Harvest Moon

    April 19, 2012

    Absolutely LOVE this! Amazing idea!

  48. Marie

    April 19, 2012

  49. Aneta Kudasik

    April 20, 2012

    So pretty! I hope to make these very very soon!!!

  50. Rachel

    April 20, 2012

    Your creativity is inspiring! Thank you for sharing this post — I can’t wait to try this out on the next warm weather day in New York.

    Thanks again!


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