Learning how to make a gift basket is a great hobby that anyone can enjoy. By teaching yourself how to assemble a gift basket you can save a lot of money on birthday gifts, holiday gifts, and so on. Once you’ve mastered the art of gift basket assembly, you even have the option of making a little extra money from a hobby that you enjoy.
In this article, we will look at the basic materials needed to assemble a gift basket. Of course the contents that go inside your completed gift basket is entirely up to you and the theme you select. The items we have listed are for basic gift basket assembly and will apply when learning how to make gift baskets in general. (Specific gift basket themes are located at the bottom of this piece)
Materials needed to assemble a gift basket:
Container – The container you select will have a big impact on your completed gift basket, so choose wisely. For the most part, a container that is approximately 6″ – 8″ in depth will work out well for gift basket assembly. However, if your completed gift basket will contain several tall items, your container will need to be deeper to support their weight.
Basket fill – When you first begin to learn how to make a gift basket, you may be overwhelmed with the various types of basket fill available. Basket fill can be made of various materials, but it has been my experience that paper basket fill works best for filling empty spaces in the gift baskets. It is available in many different colors to fit any gift basket theme.
Styrofoam or florist foam – You cannot make a gift basket without Styrofoam or florist foam. These items will create the base in which you insert your gift basket contents. Styrofoam has the benefit of being less messy, but florist foam is less expensive. The choice is up to you.
Hot glue gun – A hot glue gun is an essential material needed for gift basket assembly, as it will hold the base in place without ruining the container. It will also be used for holding ribbon, bows, and other embellishments in place.
Glue Dots – Glue Dots are invaluable part of gift basket assembly as they hold everything in place. They will stick to virtually any surface and leave no sticky residue when removed. Glue Dots are available in various sizes and tack level (adhesiveness) and profile (thickness) to suit any purpose. I recommend medium to high tack and high profile for gift basket assembly.
Ribbon – No gift basket would look complete without an attractive ribbon. Wire ribbon is easy to work with, and a smart choice for those that aren’t skilled in bow making.
Shrink Wrap – Shrink wrap is placed over the completed gift basket and ‘shrunk’ with a high-setting blow dryer to fit tightly against the basket for a finished look. Shrink wrap is available in large sheets or fitted bags. It has been my experience that the fitted bags are much easier to use, but will be more expensive. (If desired, shrink wrap can be omitted entirely or substituted with tulle)
Decorative items – To give your gift basket a finished look, insert decorative items such as artificial flowers, hard candy, etc., in empty spaces of the basket.
Now that you know the materials needed to assemble a gift basket, try your hand at gift basket assembly with any of these easy gift basket ideas:
Gardener’s Gift Basket – Learn how to make a Gardner’s Gift Basket for under $ 20.00.
Coffee Lovers Gift Basket – Learn how to make a Coffee Lovers Gift Basket for under $ 25.00.
Golfer’s Gift Basket – Learn how to make a Golfer’s Gift Basket he’ll love for under $ 25.00.
Healthy Gift Basket– Learn how to make this healthy gift basket for family and friends.
Pampering Gift Basket – Learn how to make a pampering spa gift basket she’ll love.
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