A Crafty Mix


Turn an Old Handbag into a Picnic Caddy

I’m not really a handbag kinda girl. Well that’s not strictly true, I’ll buy a handbag and use it until it falls apart and then reluctantly buy another one.  Hey I get attached to my handbags, my life’s in there. Just recently my trusty “el cheapo” big, black bag started coming apart at the seams. Probably because I had the kitchen sink in there, but that’s a story for another day 😎

The only designer bags I’ll ever own are the ones under my eyes 😉
A broken handbag

I think I need a new handbag

Parts of the handbag still looked good and were worth saving, like the handles.

Cut the handles off

Saving the handles

Add some pallet off cuts, a few sparkly bits and an old wire basket and you have all you need to make a picnic caddy.

Recycled Picnic caddy

Recycled picnic caddy

The wire bits on the side are from a basket that’s has been lying around in our kitchen cupboard for years. I have no idea where we got it. I just cut it in half and sprayed it black.

Wire basket

Cut an old wire basket in half

To make the picnic caddy, we cut the pallet off cuts into two pieces measuring 16cm x 14cm and two pieces measuring 19cm x 14cm (to convert to inches you can use this handy little app). The pieces were glued and screwed together to form a box. We also added two bits of wood to the bottom of the box so that the cutlery wouldn’t fall out and sprayed the box black.

Making the box

Making the box

We used galvanized fencing staples to attach the handbag handles and we drilled four small holes on the side of the box and hammered in the wire baskets, one on each side.

Attach the handles and the wire basket

Attach the handles and the wire basket

Add some bling and insert the tin cans in the box.

Add the tins and some pretty decorative bits

Add the tins and some pretty decorative bits

The wire baskets on the sides are perfect for storing condiments and serviettes.

Close up of the wire rack

Close up of the wire rack

And the re-purposed handbag handles make it easy to carry.

Ready for a picnic

Anyone for a picnic?

Recycled picnic caddy

Recycled picnic caddy

Okay so I’m off to buy a new “el cheapo” handbag at the China Mall.

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Categories:   Craft Tutorials, Home Decor Crafts, Trash to Treasure


  • Posted: March 2, 2017 21:42


    Michelle, this is such a marvelous idea! I like how you cleverly added all the pieces to make this a handy little caddy.
    • Posted: March 3, 2017 06:19


      Thanks you so much my friend
  • Posted: August 31, 2016 20:18

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Oh how creative! I love this idea, this would come in really handy for cookouts with the family. And I'm like you I use my hand bag until I have to buy another, so it would be great to be able to give it a second life.
    • Posted: September 1, 2016 06:52


      Thank you Linda, I just can't get it over my heart to get rid of something that carried such a big part of my life, so the old handbags have to stay ;-)
  • Posted: August 26, 2016 19:28

    Sarah - Craft Invaders

    This is a fab idea - we love BBQ's and I am constantly backwards and forwards carrying bits and pieces - we're having one tomorrow and I'm wondering if I can get one made before then!
    • Posted: August 27, 2016 07:09


      Oh you need to make one Sarah. We use ours every single weekend when we have a braai, and you know how much use South Africans love to braai;-)
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    • Posted: May 19, 2016 07:53


      Thank you so much for the feature. Tausend dank! <3
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  • Posted: April 4, 2016 02:23


    Love it! That's using your brain and saving money! Going in style!
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  • Posted: March 2, 2016 22:54

    Amy Renea, Looksi Curator

    • Posted: March 3, 2016 07:52


      Thank you Amy :-) I had so much fun doing it and we've used it every weekend since it was made
  • Posted: March 2, 2016 02:24


    Love this repurposing idea. Pinning now. (found you from Roadkill Rescue)
    • Posted: March 2, 2016 11:07


      Hi, Susan. Thanks for the pin. RoadKill Rescue rocks
  • Posted: February 23, 2016 13:42

    Collin Clarkson

    I really like the idea, especially the tiny compartment for the serviettes.
    • Posted: February 23, 2016 14:25


      Ahhhh Thank You Collin :-)

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