How to make a Grilling and Picnic Caddy

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During the Summer, we love to grill and enjoy picnics, but there is nothing more aggrevating than making 15 trips in and out of the house before we even can sit down to eat. Then after dinner, more trips into the house, carrying everything back in.

While during a recent trip to Walmart, Doug and I were looking around for something to hold some grilling supplies. Unfortunately, we didn’t find what we wanted, but we decided to make one ourselves. And I thought you all might enjoy it!

It’s super easy, let’s gather our supplies…

  • Large rectangle basket {found near the crafts & floral supplies}
  • 3 dowel rods {found in the craft aisle, 1/4 inch $.37 each}
  • White Paint {found in the craft aisle $.97}
  • Krylon Polyurethane Matte Finish {in the paint section $3.24}
  • Foam brushes {in the craft aisle $.97}
  • Sugar Jar {found near the kitchen accessories $.97 each}
  • Salt & Pepper Shakers {found near the kitchen accessories $.47}
  • Tablecloth {Better Homes & Gardens Plastic $3.00 on clearance}
  • Plastic plates {left over from my Picnic basket}
  • Napkins and silverware {in the party section $.97 each}
  • Grilling Supplies that you have on hand or purchase them.

I bought everything at Walmart.


  1. Paint all of the dowel rods and let dry.
  2. Measure each to fit the basket, mark and cut to fit.
  3. Spray basket with Krylon to protect it from the weather

Picnic Caddy…

  • Plates, Napkins and Silverware
  • Condiments
  • Salt & Pepper

A simple swap out of the tablecloth, plates and napkins {found near the party section}…makes it perfect for a 4th of July Celebration.

Grilling Caddy…

  • Fill the sugar jars with Seasoning Salt, Kosher Salt or other seasoning that you like to grill with
  • Grilling Utensils
  • Towel & Grilling Mit
  • Barbecue Sauce and basting brush
  • Meat thermometer
  • Salt & Pepper

I think this would also make a great birthday gift or even a gift for a wedding or shower. You could change the size of the basket and make a baby shower gift.

Disclosure: This post is part of a campaign I am participating in with the Walmart Moms. Walmart has provided me with compensation  for this post. My participation is voluntary and opinions, as always are my own.

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    1. So glad you liked the basket Brenda! You can total steal the idea 🙂

  2. I have a sugar jar that we don’t use, and now I know a perfect use! Thank you so much for posting about this. 🙂

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