DIY Wood And Leather Handled Picnic Basket

tea towel

It’s a sweltering, undeniable fact that we’re smack dab in the middle of summer. Yet, the other truth is that pretty soon our favorite craft stores will be pulling out their seasonal supplies ahead of the holiday season. Crazy! So, now’s the time to make sure you pencil in all of those summertime traditions you hope to check off your list, including hitting the grass for a blanketed meal outdoors. Today, DIY extraordinaire, Courtney Weston, is here to show us how to give a plain basket an update for this outdoor dining season!

rivet setter


  • Wood basket
  • Leather strap approximately 36 inches long
  • Rivets and setter
  • Hammer
  • Fabric for liner (Courtney used two tea cloths)
  • Scissors
  • Drill
  • Heavy-duty hole punch
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread


  1. If your basket comes with a handle, remove it.
  2. Measure two inches in on the right side of the length of the basket and mark where you want the rivets to go. Repeat this on the left side and the parallel length of the basket.
  3. Drill through the wood to make a hole for the rivets.
  4. Cut two straps approximately 18 inches long. Cut a curved shape on each end of the straps.
  5. Using the holes as your guide, mark on the leather where to punch the holes for the rivets. Using the heavy-duty hole punch, create two holes on each end of the straps. Follow the directions on your rivet setter to attach the rivets.
  6. For the liner, cut two long strips from your fabric measuring the same height of the basket. Use your basket laid on top of the fabric as a guide. Place the basket on top of the remaining fabric and cut around the bottom.
  7. Sew the edges of the long strips to the bottom section. Make sure the right side is facing the right side of the bottom piece.
  8. Sew the sides of the strips together and place in your basket. Using hot glue, attach the top of the liner to the top edge of the wood basket for a clean line.
  9. Optional: Cut a 2.5-inch piece of leather, and using a leather sewing machine needle, stitch around the edge. Attach to the middle of the basket with hot glue to add a small special detail!

stripe tea towel

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Author: Carrie Waller

Carrie is the writer, stylist and photographer behind Dream Green DIY, and also is the features editor for Glitter Guide. Follow along on Instagram!