Wicker Picnic Baskets

Even the most average, everyday items can be used to provide decorative interest within the home. Take the wicker picnic basket as a great example. These baskets are primarily used for outdoor gatherings but they look very stylish in an indoor setting too.

The traditional way to pack and carry all of your food and dinner items is to use a wicker picnic basket. There are a few reasons why they remain the most popular type of picnic basket in use, even after many years when there have been countless attempts at replacing them with more modern alternatives such as plastic boxes and collapsible bags.

Not only are picnic baskets made of wicker quite light in weight, they are also very sturdy and will withstand the pressures of cramming them with lunch items and other sharp objects. They are easy to carry thanks to the way in which the handles are set onto the body of the basket. The classic wicker picnic basket features two handles that are spaced on either side of the middle of the basket sides ensuring an even distribution in the weight of the basket that is being carried.

Wicker Picnic Basket Options

Among the various types of wicker picnic baskets available are a few distinctly different options. The first is the traditional rectangular picnic basket that is closed with a couple of lids to protect the contents. This is the type of wicker picnic basket that might be referred to as an antique wicker basket and would have been most commonly used during the 1950s. Take a look at the example displayed below as an example of what we are talking about here.

A variation on the larger rectangular picnic basket is a smaller round wicker picnic basket. Like the rectangular version you are very likely going to find these baskets with a pair of lids that are fixed in the middle of the basket allowing them to be opened from the rim. These baskets are usually carried with a single handle and while they may look particularly attractive are not going to be capable of carrying as much as the rectangular baskets. That being said, they are still provide a great deal of storage space.

Classic picnic baskets may also look very much like wicker trunks from the outside. These picnic baskets may be carried using handles placed at either end. When you open these picnic baskets they are usually hinged on one side of the trunk giving you easy access to the content. Many of these baskets have been set up with loops and straps fixed to the inside lid so that cups, plates and cutlery may be stored securely. Some of these baskets have been very well thought out and masterfully designed and are definitely well worth picking up so that you are sure to be completely organized on your next family picnic.

While the main reason for buying a wicker picnic basket may be to provide you and your family with a handy container to use when picnicking, many of them are decorative enough to use as display storage items around the house. The simple elegance of a wicker basket is something that will add value to a well furnished, traditional country styled room. It is then a simple matter of taking that basket and packing it with your picnic items when you head out for your day outdoors.

Collecting Antique Wicker Items

Wicker furniture and wicker baskets are very popular and for good reason; they have been around for centuries and they are beautiful, versatile items. They are handcrafted giving them added uniqueness; they can be easily maintained as well.

Since these items are so unique and many of them are also passed from one generation to the next, chances are that you might come across some interesting antiques. They will make for wonderful additions to your home and will give character to any room in a house. Another useful item to have is a wicker basket; they come in a variety of shapes and sized and can be used for virtually anything. From storing books and magazines to showcasing fruit in the kitchen; their uses are limitless. Repairing them is not difficult, although it might be a bit time consuming. You can add varnish to better protect your items as well and avoid excess dust from accumulating. If you enjoy collecting antiques you can also learn the art of weaving your own; there are many good online resources that will guide you through it and you can even take classes and learn first hand from an expert. The benefit of creating your own wicker items is that you can decide on the shape, size and color.

If you own a wicker item like a white wicker basket, be sure to properly look after it. Remove dust regularly with a damp cloth or a vacuum cleaner, using the soft brushes. Also wipe any spills immediately to prevent stains and keep away from damp areas; mold is difficult to remove once it has set in. They can last for years with proper treatment. With these factors in mind you can easily build yourself a wonderful collection of wicker items and add value to your home when collecting antique items made of wicker.

If you are going to look for wicker baskets, it might be a good idea to buy a set of them. Nesting wicker baskets provide a great opportunity to match a series of storage containers together to form a cohesive look for the room. The great thing about buying nesting wicker baskets is that you are likely going to pay less per basket than if you were to buy each basket separately.