This year, be prepared and get some giftbaskets done in advance - way ahead for Christmas.
This is a re-post from last year- but you wil really enjoy this project and it's the right time of year to get this done! So get going and enjoy!!
For your Christmas gift basket you will need:
2 pots of home-made jam ( see ideas and recipes page ).
1 cardboard box ( an empty Whiskas 12-pouch catfood-carton will do just fine- an empty Felix- cardboard box is OK, too, I am not partial .)
Two or three handfuls of hay - you will find this in a petfood shop and /or a country store , like SCATS http://www.scatscountrystores.co.uk
1 roll of brown packing paper - from the post-office or a stationary shop.
1 Pretty ribbon( about 2 meters long ) from for instance : East of India-see: http://www.eden247.co.uk/ribbon-merry-christmas.ir?cName=east-of-india-gifts-home-ribbons-by-east-of-india
How to make the basket:
Lower the height of the cardboard-box by cutting the top 7 or 10 centimeters off with scissors.
Roll out about 1 meter of the brown paper - cut this off, and put the cardboard box on it, so the paper forms a lozenge under the box- see below.
Spread glue with the glue-stick on the 4 sides of the card-board box and press the brown paper against the glued sides.To do this, hold one hand within the cardboard box, and with the other hand press the brown paper hard against the outside of the box so it sticks to the glue and the cardboard.The paper will stand up in peaks - if it is too high, cut it off a bit.
Put some hay on the bottom of the box. Put both pots with jam in the card-board box , and put them both in at an angle, one pot to the left, one to the right.
Fill the rest of the space in the box with the hay so the jam-pots can not move about and are wedged tight.
Fold the brown paper back a bit like below.
If it comes away from the cardboard, use a bit more glue and pressure to secure it to the cardboard box.
Secure a ribbon all around the middle of the cardboard box so it sits between the pot of jam to the right and the pot of jam to the left.
Knot a pretty bow on the front of the gift basket.That's it! You're done!!
Congratulate yourself and have a stiff drink or a cup of tea- or whatever you may fancy.
Have a great rest of the week!!
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