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American Picnic Basket

A simple wood picnic basket transforms into a pretty and patriotic carrier with this painting project. This basket is perfect for bringing snacks to 4th of July fireworks.

American Picnic BasketDetail below


DecoArt Products Required
Americana Acrylics

  • DAO1 - Snow (Titanium) White
  • DAO3 - Buttermilk
  • DAO8 - Yellow Ochre
  • DAO11 - Lemon Yellow (transparent)
  • DAO18 - Country Red
  • DAO52 - Avocado
  • DAO56 - Olive Green
  • DAO63 - Burnt Sienna
  • DAO67 - Lamp (Ebony) Black
  • DAO80 - Russet
  • DA140 - Red Violet
  • DA163 - Honey Brown
  • DA166 - Deep Midnight Blue
  • DA215 - Peony Pink
  • DA233 - Wild Orchid
  • DA255 - Bahama Blue
  • DA257 - Bleached Sand
  • DA274 - Carousel Pink
  • DA276 - Razzle Berry
  • DA277 - Spa Blue

Americana Drying Time Extender

  • DAS1 - Brush 'n Blend Extender

Americana Spray Sealers

  • DAS13 - Americana Matte Spray


  • 1" flat brush
  • 12 flat brush
  • 6 flat brush
  • 10/0 liner brush
  • Water container
  • Palette or plastic plate
  • Paper towels
  • Tracing & transfer paper
  • 1" painter's tape
  • Vintage picnic basket, stained
  • Pattern


NOTE: Allow to dry between steps.

  1. Use 1" flat to basecoat left section of basket top Deep Midnight Blue and right side Buttermilk.
  2. Use painter's tape to mask off stripes. Paint open areas Country Red. Remove tape.
  3. Load 12 flat with Drying Time Extender. Pick up Burnt Sienna on one corner of brush. Shade edges of Buttermilk stripes.
  4. Trace and transfer designs.
  5. Paint stars Yellow Ochre and buttons Country Red.
  6. Paint ants, Russet; banner, Bleached Sand; cupcake base, Spa Blue; frosting, Peony Pink; cherry, Country Red; olive, Olive Green; cheese cube, Yellow Ochre; grape, Red Violet; toothpick and small basket, Honey Brown; watermelon slice, Razzle Berry and Olive Green. Paint ant hands and feet assorted colors as desired.
  7. For stars/buttons: Use 6 flat brush and Russet to shade inside button recess. Highlight edges with brush mix of Yellow Ochre and Country Red. Add small comma stroke highlights of Snow White. Use brush handle end and Deep Midnight Blue to place two dots in button centers. Use liner brush and Snow White to add thread. Use brush handle end and Lemon Yellow to dot stars. Use liner brush and Deep Midnight Blue to paint stitches.
  8. For ants: Use 12 flat brush to highlight ant bodies with Wild Orchid. Use liner brush and Lamp Black to add eyes, mouths, legs and antennae. Add Snow White to eyes. Outline ants with Deep Midnight Blue.
  9. For cupcake: Use 12 flat brush to shade under frosting with Bahama Blue. Use liner brush and Bahama Blue to stripe base. Shade frosting with Razzle Berry and highlight with Carousel Pink. Highlight cherry with Peony Pink. Add stroke highlight with Snow White. Use liner brush to paint sprinkles multiple colors. Use liner brush and Deep Midnight Blue to outline and add detail on base.
  10. For olive: Shade olive with Avocado. Outline with Deep Midnight Blue.
  11. For toothpick: Shade grape with brush mix of Deep Midnight Blue and Red Violet. Add comma highlight with Peony Pink. Outline grape, cheese, and toothpick with Deep Midnight Blue.
  12. For basket: Paint fruit with Razzle Berry and Olive Green. Outline and add details with Deep Midnight Blue.
  13. For watermelon: Add Snow White stripe; add Deep Midnight Blue seeds and outline.
  14. Trace and transfer lettering on banner. Use liner brush and Deep Midnight Blue for lettering. Outline banner and paint posts with liner brush and Lamp Black. Add Bahama Blue flags.
  15. Mist lightly with Americana Matte Spray to seal. Repeat allowing to dry between coats.


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The art on this patriotic picnic basket is spectacular! In love with this design, and the crazy ants, especially the one with the cup cake! These are some great detailed instructions too! As another option, you could paint stars and white stripes with glow in the dark paint, or with silvery glitter paint for some extra pizazz! Thanks for sharing!


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