You’re not talented, can’t boil water, and always turn to a friend to sew on a button.

Still, you want to make gift baskets because they look pretty and you can pick up the perfect items for that upcoming birthday or wedding that no one else will buy.

That’s a great reason to make your own gift baskets. Congratulations on your decision to explore your creative side even if you think you don’t have one (yes, you do!).

Here’s how you get started.

1. You know the gift basket occasion (birthday, new home, etc.). Now, decide what you need to buy to make this soon-to-be beautiful gift. You need a:

  • Basket
  • Shred
  • Paper
  • Foods and/or Gifts
  • Glue dots (high tack)
  • Cellophane
  • Clear Scotch tape
  • Bow

You can get all of these items at stores you already know. If you own a nice, sturdy basket and aren’t using it, that can be the choice for this gift.

If you don’t have a basket, visit one of the popular craft stores to buy one along with the shred, cellophane, glue dots, Scotch tape (you might already have this at home), and bow. It’s okay if you don’t know glue dots. The craft store people will show you where they are.

The paper you need is supermarket grocery bags (two or three). You can also use newspaper; however, the ink on newspapers can transfer onto your hands which isn’t a bad thing, but do you really want that ink on your skin?

Once you have the basket and paper (grocery bags), crush the paper between your palms before placing it into the basket. You want enough paper to fit into all of the basket and just below the top edge.

Put the shred (whatever color fits the occasion) on top of the crushed paper. Now you have a foundation for the foods and gifts you’ll put into the basket.

Your first gift basket, so easy!, by Shirley George Frazier. All rights reserved.Decide where to place the foods and gifts so they look presentable on top of the shred. Press the items down into the shred but not so hard that you break the items! You’re positioning everything and making space for it all.

Once you know where you’ll put everything, use the glue dots to temporarily hold each gift and food to other gifts and foods. The glue dots are the anchor that helps to keep everything in place (now you know the secret!).

When you’re happy with the final gift basket design, it’s time to close the basket, foods, and gifts together with cellophane. You can also use shrink wrap to close the gift, but shrink wrap may be difficult at the beginning, so we’ll stick with cello.

Wrap the cellophane around the gift, close the sides using the Scotch tape, and then tie the bow around the cellophane to enclose everything.

You’re done – congratulations!

You’ll find videos that help you create your perfect first gift basket on this site and on the YouTube Gift Basket Business channel. You can also learn to turn your gift basket hobby into a gift basket business when you take the online gift basket class.

Everyone at the party will envy your talent when you show up with that beautiful gift basket. What questions do you have about your first time?

Shirley George Frazier
In the gift basket world, all roads lead to Shirley George Frazier, the industry's reigning expert and international authority. Shirley is chief basketologist at Sweet Survival LLC and author of the industry's best-selling books, How to Start a Home-Based Gift Basket Business, The Gift Basket Design Book, and Marketing Strategies for the Home-Based Business. Shirley works with retailers of all size and home-based entrepreneurs to successfully sell gift baskets to their chosen clients. Shirley is also a frequent speaker at events and instructor of the popular online course, Start Your Own Gift Basket Business. Contact Shirley to speak at your event or call 800-640-8521 to schedule a consultation.

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