How to make a homemade Christmas gift basket
Christmas is just around the corner and this year I’ve decided to make my own Christmas gift baskets to give to my friends.
Cane baskets, bamboo baskets, porcelain bowls, crystal bowls or ceramic bowls can be used to make a gift basket. I've selected a set of baskets made from cane.
Size and shape of baskets
Cane baskets come in different sizes and shapes and I've chosen oval shaped baskets. Rectangular and square shaped cane baskets are ideal for making Christmas gift baskets too. If you're unable to find a store near you that sells baskets you can find them online. Amazon has some lovely baskets you can purchase online which are ideal for making gift baskets.
Lining the basket
Baskets already lined with fabric and padding are readily available in most stores. But in my case I have to line and pad the basket myself since pre-lined and padded baskets are not available in the area where I live. I have not included the measurements of how much cloth, wadding and ribbon I’m using for each basket. The fabric store I went to cut the pieces into the exact size I needed to make the gift baskets after taking the measurements from the empty basket I had with me.
You will need:
- Cane basket
- Tissue paper
- Dried lavender flowers (2-3 tablespoons)
- Needle (size 7-10)
- Ribbon (small)
- Ribbon (Large)
- Fabric glue
- Colored or white Cellophane (a piece large enough to cover the basket from top to bottom)
I'm using tissue papers which I've crumpled into medium sized balls to pad the base of the basket. I've placed two layers of crumpled balls of tissues (closely packed together) inside the basket. On top of the tissues I've sprinkled dried lavender flowers.
Wadding & Cloth
Place a piece of wadding inside the basket to fully cover it including the edges.
The cloth I've chosen to line the basket with is velvet having a deep maroon color.
Before cutting the cloth first measure how much is needed to cover the inside and edges of the basket. This can be done by taking the cloth and gently inserting it into the basket. Use pins to join the cloth to the sides and edges of the basket. Then thread the needle and neatly stitch along the places of the cloth which were joined to the basket by pins removing each pin as you sew. Choose a ribbon which goes well with the cloth and cover the edges of the basket with the ribbon. Use fabric glue to do this.
Place the piece of cellophane on the table and rest the empty basket at the center of it. Fill the basket with the gifts. Once this is done gather the ends of the cellophane and tie it at the top with a large ribbon. The gift basket is now ready.
I’m making a total of 6 gift baskets. 3 of the baskets will be for my friends whereas the balance 3 will be for their kids.
I’ve chosen the following gifts to be placed in each of the gift baskets I’ve made for my friends:
- A box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates
- Body Scrub
- A set of bath loofah sponges
- Body Lotion
- Body wash
For their kids I’ve decided to put the following gifts:
- A bookstore gift voucher
- Stationary which includes pens, pencils and erasers
- Toblerone milk chocolate bar
- Snickers bar
- Mars Bar
- Pringles can
- Packet of Oreo cookies
© 2011 Suranee Perera