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Recycled Handbag Picnic Caddy

By: Michelle Leslie from
Recycled Handbag Picnic Caddy
Recycled Handbag Picnic Caddy
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Put an old, broken handbag to good use this summer by turning it into a picnic caddy. The Recycled Handbag Picnic Caddy combines pieces of a handbag, a wire rack, some tin cans, and more to create an organized place to store silverware, condiments, and other supplies for your next picnic. These recycled project ideas have many compartments on the outside and inside to keep you from losing things. Paint all of the elements of your DIY picnic caddy the same color to make it look like new!

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsPaint, Recycled Materials

Primary TechniqueDIY Craft



Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Old handbag
  • pallet off cuts
  • empty tins
  • wire basket (optional)
  • spray paint
  • Wood glues and screws


  1. Cut the pallet off cuts into two pieces measuring 16cm x 14cm and two pieces measuring 19cm x 14cm. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Put the tin cans inside to hold your cutlery and it's ready to be used.

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This repurposed and up cycled project is a dandy! You could also opt to visit the dollar store for some plastic containers of all sizes to use in this project if you don't have the can sizes you need, or to make it a bit lighter with plastic vs metal if you wish. You could also make this into a sewing or craft caddy so you can create projects when you travel! Great inspiration and idea!


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