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. The only designer bags I’ll ever own are the ones under my eyes 😉 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 😎

A broken handbag and tin cans

Parts of the handbag still looked good and were worth saving, like the small straps, which we repurposed into the most epic dresser makeover ever and these handles.

Save the handbag straps

When you add some pallet offcuts, a few sparkly bits, and an old wire basket you have all you need to make a picnic caddy 😉

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How to use a handbag to make a picnic caddy

To make the picnic caddy, we cut the pallet offcuts 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. Just look at my hubby being speedy Gonzales 😀

Cut the scrap wood or pallets to size

The pieces were glued and screwed together to form a box shape.

Glue and screw the side pieces together and check if the cans fit

We also added two bits of wood to the bottom of the box. Nobody wants their cutlery dropping out the bottom 😀

Cut two planks for the bottom

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.

Cut the wire basket in half

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

Add the handbag straps to the sides of the picnic caddy

To finish off, add some bling, insert the tin cans in the wooden box and fill with cutlery. The picnic caddy with repurposed handbag straps is all done 😉

Recycled picnic caddy

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

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….. and serviettes.

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And the repurposed handbag handles make it easy to carry.

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Anyone for a picnic?

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Barnwood Decor of OKC | Barnwood Craft Wood for DIY Projects [100% Authentic Reclaimed Weathered Wood] Rustic Weathered Reclaimed Wood Planks for DIY Crafts, Projects and Decor (6 Planks - 24 Inches)
Purse Strap Replacement Guitar Style Multicolor Canvas Crossbody Strap for Handbags (37#)
CVHOMEDECO. Mini Metal Wire Storage Baskets Desks & Shelves Organizer Trinkets Container, Great for Store Spices, Gifts or Giving. Set of 3. (Square Rusty)

And if you prefer to buy rather than DIY, then maybe these beauties will appeal.

Sale Gourmet Basics by Mikasa Loop Picnic Plate Napkin and Flatware Storage Caddy, Large, Antique Black
Galvanized Metal Caddy with 4 Compartments, Kitchen Utensil Holder, Metal Caddy, Picnic Caddy, Rustic Farmhouse Galvanized, Multipurpose Storage Bin, Metal Garden Planters- Aqua
Trademark Innovations 12' x 11' Rattan Tabletop Serveware and Condiment Organizer and Caddy (Black)

Okay so I’m off to buy a new “el cheapo” handbag at the China Mall. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

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