When I think of the perfect summer afternoon, the first thing that pops into my head is a picnic! I like to head to the port to watch the boats, and people walk by. Packing a few snacks in my picnic basket and bringing along my friends, makes for a lovely day.
The other day I was thinking about going for a picnic, and was going through a checklist of the things I would need. I already have a cute picnic basket that is perfect for carrying all my delicious snacks and drinks. I usually use an old blanket, but I thought that this year I would buy a new one. After searching online and finding over priced items (as usual), I decided I could easily make one.
Using a few materials I created the cutest (in my eyes) blanket, as well as added an extra bonus aspect to it. The best part about creating your own blanket is that you’re not limted to size or design.
Lets get started, you will need the following:
A Drop Cloth / Paint / Scotch Guard (optional) / Yarn / Wood Pieces / A Zipper / Hot Glue / A Pencil
Start with your drop cloth. Measure out the size you want. It can be as big as you want or any shape that you want. I decided to keep the raw edges of mine, but if you want you can hem the outside of the blanket.
Use fabric paint to create a design that you want along the perimeter. You want to leave the centre empty. I painted banana leaves with 3 different shades of green.
Who doesn’t love a pom-pom trim? Create some pom-poms using different colour yarn, and space them out accordingly.
To attach the pom-poms, cut a little slit in the blanket and tie.
Using foam, cut out squares to line up the height and width of a checkerboard. Usually boards are 8×8, but I created a smaller one, because I didnt want the paint to overlap the leaves.
Use the foam squares as a stamp once you’re happy with the layout. Pick two different colours that go with the theme of your design.
For the gameboard pieces, I found these round wooden pieces at the craft store. I gave them a coat of paint in the two different colours as well.
Now you’re probably thinking, “Well thats cute, but how am I going to carry these pieces around?” Not to worry, we are going to create a little pouch using a zipper and some hot glue. Simply cut out a piece of fabric that can be folded onto itself and still have room for all your pieces. Glue the zipper to one side and then the the other. Open the zipper half way, and glue the sides. Once everything is dry flip inside out (through the open zipper).
Your little pouch should look like this, and have enough room for your pieces.
To attach your pouch, add some hot glue to the back of your blanket and the back of the pouch near one of the ends of the blanket.
Add scotch guard to protect your paint and blanket, and you’re ready to use!
I hope you give this DIY a try, a special thanks to my cute model! This DIY is also a two part project, so check back next week to see part 2! Be sure to follow me on all my social media, and share!