For your last blast of summer, I made a watermelon tin to hold items for a picnic with instructions I found at http://www.familycorner.com/homegarden/crafts/watermelon_picnic_caddy.s html on the Web. While I was unable to find a papier-mache picnic basket that the directions call for, I found a tin pail a great substitute. Also, these instructions are less complicated.
Metal pail with handle
Red, green and black acrylic urethane water-based paint for outdoor use (available at craft stores)
Sponge brushes and flat paint brushes
Clear acrylic sealant (optional)
Cover your work surface with newspapers. Use a sponge brush to paint the outside of the pail with red paint, leaving the top rim unpainted. Let dry.
Use a sponge brush to paint the lid and a flat brush to paint the top rim of the pail green.
Paint small black "seeds" in a random pattern on the outside of the pail with a small flat brush.
As an option, you can spray a clear sealant on the can to resist scratches.
Fill with plastic tableware and other necessities and store with the lid on until your next picnic.