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Monday, November 16, 2015

How to create gift baskets like a pro

Remember my post last week, when I discussed tips to save money on Christmas gifts? One of those tips was to create your own gift package alternatives. 

So, today I'm sharing a small tutorial on how to create amazing gift baskets at a very small cost and using materials we all have at home. You can save money and the end result will be just as attractive as the more expensive store bought alternatives.


how to create gift baskets like a pro

Have you ever noticed how often those cute Christmas baskets of beauty products cost a lot more than the price of the individual items inside? Well, now you have the perfect solution for this problem.



Start with the set you want to fill the basket with. I went with beauty products too (because I needed to wrap them for an upcoming birthday), but you can do this with any other set of items, from kitchen utensils or food to office supplies.

how to create gift baskets like a pro

You'll need a small basket to hold the items (ideally, with the sides a bit higher than the one below, but I was reusing one I already had at home so I had to make do). A small bucket or a cute bowl work too, depending on what you're putting inside. What else? A roll of cellophane paper (mine had small orange dots in it, but regular transparent works just the same) and matching ribbon.

how to create gift baskets like a pro

I added a bit of glitter paper to the bottom of the basket, more to cover the holes in the bottom than for embellishment, but the end result looked rather nice.

how to create gift baskets like a pro

Place the items inside, tastefully organized. If necessary secure with an elastic or adhesive tape. I added a few styrofoam stars I had in my craft closet as an afterthought, just to cover the empty spaces and add a bit of flair, but that's totally optional.

how to create gift baskets like a pro

Next, cut a large square of cellophane and place the basket in the middle.

how to create gift baskets like a pro

how to create gift baskets like a pro

Pull the corners of the cellophane up, adjusting in nice pleats as you go, until all the basket is enclosed in the cellophane.

how to create gift baskets like a pro
 
how to create gift baskets like a pro

Secure the cellophane in place with an elastic (optional, but will help you to adjust the ribbon around without the cellophane slipping through your fingers).

how to create gift baskets like a pro

how to create gift baskets like a pro

Place the ribbon around the top and tie a knot. Then, if you want, cut some extra bits of ribbon and tie them in place too before you create a bow. Of course you can just add the bow, but this way you'll have a lot more ribbon cascading through the gift basket, not just two lonesome tips.
 
how to create gift baskets like a pro

how to create gift baskets like a pro

how to create gift baskets like a pro

Adjust all ribbon ends to the same size (or not, depends on what you prefer) and add a gift tag.
 
how to create gift baskets like a pro

I made a tag using my Sizzix and the rest of the glitter paper I placed at the bottom of the basket, but any other tag will work.

how to create gift baskets like a pro

Yay! Your gift basket is finished!

how to create gift baskets like a pro

It's easy, it doesn't take longer than ten minutes as long as you have all the materials with you, it looks great and it's almost inexpensive. Win win all the way!
how to create gift baskets like a pro

 
For other original and inexpensive gift package ideas check out below:

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2015/05/felt-or-fabric-envelope-gift-package.htmlhttp://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2014/12/the-handmade-christmas-lined-burlap.html
http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2015/05/from-plain-to-fabulous-upcycled-gift.html

http://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2015/04/upcycle-cereal-box-to-gift-bag-tutorial.htmlhttp://keepingitrreal.blogspot.com.es/2015/10/diy-reusable-gifts-bags-tutorial.html


And remember, becoming creative with homemade gift packages can help you save a lot of money!

Have a wonderful week,

keeping it real, craft blog

36 comments:

  1. SO adorbs! Love this idea for gifts!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  2. Hi Teresa,
    Thanks for sharing this gift wrapping post at our Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

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  3. Very nicely done and you saved a ton of money!

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    1. You're welcome! Thank you for stopping by!

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  5. I love making gift baskets too, you can always get so much more for your money than the bought ones. Great little tutorial :-)

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

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  6. Thanks for the tips- love the way it turned out!

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  7. Hey Teresa,

    What a cute gift basket! I love the idea and the simplicity. Thanks for sharing.

    I was "parked" by you on Party in Your PJ's, and I'm glad to find your site.

    Hope you have a blessed day~
    Melanie

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    1. Thank you Melanie, I'm so glad you stopped by!

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  8. Such a cute little gift basket and it's so much more personal when you make it yourself instead of buying a generic one from the store.

    Thanks for linking up!

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  9. These are great tips- especially the cork!

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  10. I've been wanting to work on my gift basket making skills, especially with this time of year. Thanks for sharing!

    I found you at funklypolkadotgiraffe.com

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    1. Thank you for visiting Lexie, I'm so glad you found us!

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  11. Great tutorial for making lovely gift baskets. They are always a nice gift to give.
    Thanks for sharing at Turn It Up Tuesday,
    Bev

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  12. I love giving gift baskets because I love getting them! They just look so fancy and cool, and creating your own like this allows you to fill it with just the right things! Pinned #fridayfrivolity

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  13. I am useless at gift baskets this is great - thank you for sharing on Pin Worthy Wednesda

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    1. Thank you Amber. They're really easy to make!

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  14. Gift baskets are such a fun idea! Always love opening and discovering the wonderful things inside! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Surprises are always great! Thank you for stopping by Jann!

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  15. How cute! I know we will be doing a lot of this very soon! ;) #SmallVictories

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    1. Thank you, and good luck with your baskets!

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  16. Great Tip! Thanks for sharing on My 2 favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again this Thursday (Dec. 1st) Have a great week! Pinned!

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    1. Thank you Elaine, and thanks for reminding me about the party! I'll be there for sure!

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    2. Teresa- You were The Most Viewed at the last party and will be a feature!! Thanks again for sharing!! I'ts great!

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  17. Such a great gift! Your basket looks fantastic, and I love the addition of the stars. :) Thanks for sharing with us at Friday Frivolity... I hope you come again this weekend! Pinning and tweeting.

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