2 July, 2012
I love holiday serving pieces and this basket is a fun one.
In Better Homes and Gardens (July 2003) there was a flag painted wicker picnic basket (It was a For Sale item.) that I HAD to make. The picture went into my Patriotic file (no Pinterest in those days ;). I made it within the next few years (Should have dated it. Atleast I still have the picture.)
I had a vintage Red-Man Basket that was perfect.
I started by by taping off the stripes and star background. I used star stickers as reverse stencils and spray painted my blue background. I used tape and plastic and spray paint to paint my red and white stripes. I used a light coat of spray paint to let the original dimpled pattern remain defined, and very lightly stained it.
I painted one handle blue (left one) and the other one red. I finished it with a clear spray to protect it. I re-spray it every spring.
I keep it filled with paper/plastic plates, cups, silverware and napkins. (I store the extras in the basket when I put things away in August.)