I'll be giving several food gifts for Christmas this year, and I am loathe to spend more on a container for my gifts than the gifts themselves. I'm also making a real effort to use things I have on hand rather than spending more money.
A few days ago I saw this super cute tutorial for making a gift basket from a grocery bag, but I immediately knew two things. 1.) It would be time consuming. 2.) It doesn't seem sturdy enough for heavy gifts or shipping through the mail.
I think I've solved both issues with this little project that took about 30 minutes (and my time will be considerably less now that I've worked out some initial problems).
Cut the flaps off a cardboard box and make sure the bottom is securely sealed.
Wrap the box with burlap (or material of your choosing) in a similar fashion to wrapping a gift using hot glue to attach the edges to the inside of the box.
Lay a contrasting fabric inside the basket and cut into a large rectangle allowing for 2-3 inches of overhang.
Tuck the raw edge under by about an inch and glue each corner. Then, working from the center of each side of the box, glue the raw edge under pinching as you go to gather the excess.
Trim the box as you wish with ribbons or bows. I lightly tacked wired ribbon around the box with hot glue tucking under the raw edges, and made a simple rosette out of gathered lace.
The way you package a gift can change its value, even if only in the perception. It's worth a few extra minutes, and if you look around you probably don't need to spend much to make your gift look extra special.
Over the next two weeks I'll be sharing my recipes for several holiday food gifts.
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