Lining homemade gift baskets can transform even the simplest basket into a work of art. The simplest basket can be decorated as much or as little as you like, according to how much time and money you want to spend on gift basket making ideas.
Before you go shopping for your next basket and gifts, take a walk
through your house to see what you can find. Go into that room where you
put last year's gifts, the gifts you didn't really like. Yes, we all have those!
These might be gifts you have received and just put away, or you may have bought a gift or two in that sale last week because they might come in handy. You know what I mean.
Put some of
these gifts together, and buy a few more gifts if need be. These can be made into wonderful gift basket making ideas, made especially for your family or
But first, to make a gift basket look good like the store bought gift baskets, you have to line the basket with some kind of paper, filler or fabric.
Below are just a few great gift basket making ideas on how to do this.
How to Line a Homemade Gift Basket
Homemade gift baskets needs to be filled or lined with something
so the items have something to sit on. Also, it gives the impression there are more gifts than there actually are and the basket looks fuller.
These fillers are very inexpensive and
most of the time you can find them in your own home.
When it comes to lining your gift basket, there are lots of different things you can use. Below are a few examples of what you can use and also some ideas for covering the filler with tissue paper, colored shredded paper or other decorative materials.
Those fillers for homemade gift baskets can be:
White paper, shredded.
Newspaper, scrunched up or shredded.
Styrofoam Chips. Sometimes when you get parcels delivered with fragile items inside, they are surrounded with these white Styrofoam
chips. Keep them, as they make excellent fillers.
When ladies buy handbags, they are stuffed with grey or white
paper, excellent for the base filler for a gift basket.
Garbage liners are great for lining floral baskets, so the flowers or plants can be watered.
Floral foam, sometimes called oasis or floral brick. There are
a few different kinds: dry floral foam for artificial flowers, and a wet floral foam for fresh cut flowers.
Those fillers can be covered with:
Tea towels, ideal for a baked cake gift basket or any homemade food gift basket.
Colored tissue paper. Scrunch the tissue paper in between the
gifts. Tissue paper brings color to a gift basket, good for a children's
gift basket, toiletry gift basket or a gourmet gift basket, wedding gift basket........
Thin fabric is excellent for covering fillers. A
tartan fabric could be used for a Christmas gift basket, baby fabric for a baby gift
basket, pastel colored fabric for an Easter gift basket or a gift basket for Mother's Day or Valentine's Day.
Artificial ice cubes would be great for a beer gift basket or a wine and cheese gift basket.
Shredded paper or plastic. Shredded plastic (also known as gift basket grass) comes in all colors, great for jazzing up a fun gift basket. Also, good for filling in between gifts.
Green moss. This is used when making a basket filled with bulbs, plants or herbs in pots. Excellent filler.
Now that we have covered the basics of how to make gift baskets, below are a few examples and some instructions on how to line your homemade gift baskets with different liners.
Place a garbage bag (a black or white garbage bag will do) inside the basket. Trim the plastic to the rim of the basket.
If you can see the garbage bag through the basket put a little
moss in between the basket and the plastic.
If the basket is round place a plastic plate or silver foil plate in the bottom to act as a saucer for extra protection.
Fill the basket with soil if you are using bulbs, plants or planting fresh herbs.
If you are using plants already in pots, fill the spaces in between the pots and on top of the pots with green moss. This is available at craft or gardens centers.
How to Line Gift Baskets With Fabric
If you are making a sewing gift basket, knitting or crocheting gift basket, picnic basket or Baby Gift Basket, it would look nice lined with fabric to make it look homely and pretty.
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Measure the inside of the basket (top to bottom and around). Cut the fabric to those measurements plus 10 inches bigger for the top, fold the fabric over 1/2 inch at the top and sew or use your glue gun to make a small fold (hem) all the way around.
Make a small cut in the hem. Get a piece of elastic wide
enough to thread through the hem. At both ends of the elastic fasten a
safety pin. One safety pin will help you thread the elastic through the
hem and the other ensures you will not lose the other end as you are
When you have threaded the elastic through, sew both ends of
the elastic together. Finish by pulling the lining over the basket. If
you do not want to use elastic, thread a piece of ribbon, fabric or rope
through the hem (depending on what look you what to achieve) and tie a
bow as in the picture above.
How to Fill Gift Baskets with Styrofoam Chips
Styrofoam Chips. Sometimes when you get parcels delivered with delicate
items and they are surrounded with these white Styrofoam chips, keep
them, as they make excellent fillers for your homemade gift basket ideas.
If you are filling a bucket or a basket for Father's Day
or any other occasion, fill the basket or bucket with Styrofoam chips
to 1/2 or 3/4 full, depending on how tall your gifts are, and cover with
tissue paper, shredded paper or some other decorative paper.
Put a layer of shredded paper on top and nestle your gifts in between the shredded paper. Artificial ice cubes
would be great for a beer gift basket or a wine and cheese gift basket.
Homemade Gift Baskets are perfect gifts for you to make and give any time of year. Making homemade gift baskets for your family and friends is so much fun. So give it a go!
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