How to create a bicycle crate out of a vintage picnic basket

Rear bicycle crate from a vintage picnic basket

Remember when I got my bike way back at the start of the year? And I committed to cycling everywhere for 30 days despite being utterly terrified?

Well, I kept my commitment and guess what? Somewhere during those 30 days, I suddenly wasn’t scared anymore. Other cyclists and cars and pedestrians were no longer so terrifying. I started cycling on the road, my legs and lungs got stronger and I fell more and more in love with cycling.

One of the main reasons I bought my bike was to make grocery and market shopping that little bit easier. I don’t have a car, so my legs are my main mode of transport. As the little basket at the front of my bike doesn’t have a huge carrying capacity I needed an additional something on the back to load all my goodies.

I spent months searching for just the right rear rack. I wanted something with a lid, it had to be the right colour and it had to be stylish. Turns out, everyone else seemed to have a similar idea and I couldn’t find anything available that wasn’t in excess of $100. Pricey!

Then I stumbled across a DIY to make my own out of a picnic basket. Ding ding ding ding!

A quick scout around Etsy and I had hooked myself up with a vintage metal picnic basket for about $25 plus postage.

Rear bicycle crate from a vintage picnic basket

I lined up my ultra-handy girlfriend to teach me how to use her drill and together we attached the basket to my bike. Within minutes (yes, minutes!), I had my very own vintage bicycle crate.

Rear bicycle crate from a vintage picnic basket

Rear bicycle crate from a vintage picnic basket

Rear bicycle crate from a vintage picnic basket

I love this picnic basket. It fits loads of goodies inside and the lid means I can cycle as fast as I like without worrying that I’ll lose anything. Plus it is ultra-original. Nobody else has one like it and when people comment on it, I love to tell them I made it myself.

Turns out Mimi loves the picnic basket too…

Rear bicycle crate from a vintage picnic basket

Rear bicycle crate from a vintage picnic basket

Rear bicycle crate from a vintage picnic basket

If you’d like to make your own bicycle crate you can find all the details over at Elenor’s blog.

The winter weather and a recent back injury has stopped me from cycling as much as I wanted to over the last month and a bit but I’m so excited to get back out there now that spring is on its way.

I’d love to know… do you cycle?

Alana

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4 Responses to How to create a bicycle crate out of a vintage picnic basket

  1. Leah H August 29, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    Aww, the bicycle is gorgeous! And the new basket all come in ultra-handy. I especially love it when kitties decide to help with crafternoon!

    • Alana August 29, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

      Totally! Kittens are the best crafternoon helpers xx

  2. Renae June 5, 2016 at 6:27 am #

    Is it sturdy? I’m debating between this and a wooden box

    • Alana June 9, 2016 at 8:07 pm #

      So very sturdy, lovely. I love it. I especially love that it has a lid so I can close things in which means they don’t go flying out when I ride over bumps in the road. xx

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