We at Elegantly Expressed use a lot of different kinds of git baskets. Decide what the basket 'theme' will be first, then look for a sufficiently sized basket, and purchase all the items for it.
- Cut 2 yards of cellophane and lay it on the table surface, right side down, and place the basket in the middle of it.
- Arrange all items inside the basket; you can place a cloth napkin or paper doily in the bottom.
- Ensure that breakable items are secured or wrapped in cloth or tissue to prevent breakage.
- Position tall items in the centre, with medium items on the outside, and small ones in between. Individually-wrapped candy sprinkled throughout the items, adds a nice sweet touch.
- Gather up the cellophane, pulling up the short sides first, then longer sides, and secure with a long twist tie. A helper is great for this step.
- Add the ribbon, making a nice bow with long curved tails. Or attach a ready-made bow. No need to remove the twist tie.
- Attach the gift tag with string or tape it to the front cellophane.
- If one of the short sides of cellophane is gaping, you may be able to adjust it by pulling gently on the top section, or secure with a small piece of clear tape.
- Resist the urge to 'play' with the cellophane to get it just right - the idea is to gather the cellophane which produces an array of varying sizes of cellophane 'petals' - a unique 'bouquet'. If the 'petals' are too long for your liking, you can trim them with scissors.
- Cellophane is sold in either clear, colored, print or festive. The clear with a small gold pattern is very versatile for any occasion.
- Ready-made bows are great for taking the hassle out of making one, but make sure that the size is right for the basket - a large basket requires a larger bow. Likewise, don't hide a small basket with an over sized bow.
- Other items can be used instead of a basket, such as a casserole dish, pie plate, serving bowl, or gift box bottom. If the basket or container has very low sides, you may require a helper to gather up the cellophane.
- The gift tag can be attached by a string from the gathered bow, or taped to the front of the basket.
Its a great activity with your kids and family. For a professionally done Gift Basket, do come to us. We pack and ship baskets all over the US