By kredenna from Springtown
These darling baskets are so beautiful and bring a certain air of Victorian times to your crafting. A very nice gift for someone special who adores the Victorian Era. It takes a bit of time yet it is such an enjoyable piece of history and has that special air of freshness.
Approximate Time: 2 hours
Please read all directions before starting.
(If you have gathered lace it would be easier to use and you can skip this step.) Next take a contrasting color of lace and make gathers with it as well. (Again, gathered lace is a time saver.)
The wonderful thing about this basket is you can use any color scheme and achieve a beautiful basket. The embellishments really finish the item off and make it stand out from the norm.
(My embellishments were simple, but they achieved the look I wanted.)
By Gem from VA
You are going to put the sugar and tea bags in the plastic bags but you might even find a pretty jar to put it in at your local thrift store. In a pinch, a small jar recycled from bullion or baby food could be recycled with a small bit of lace put around the top. On thrifty fun, there is an article about reusing old tins. The directions would be the same for painting the lid of the jar before you hot glue on the lace.
If your Mom is not into trashy romance novels, check out the used bookstore, garage sales or church sales for a more appropriate book.
First fill your basket with shredded paper from your shredder. Now nestle your items in. Tuck in the silk flowers and babies breath. Add a bow or ribbons to the handle.
Tip for the citrus sugars: Grate the peel from all the lemons, oranges, limes, grapefruits (whatever citrus fruit you use) as you eat them. Make into sugar immediately and store it for future use.
By Debra Frick
I sell candles, votives and body products and would like to make up some baskets for Mother's Day, birthdays, etc. Can someone give me ideas, as to what to put in a basket? Do you only use baskets and where do you get them? Do you wrap them in cellophane? I have never done this before, but would like to try my hand at it.
Thanks for your help!
Mary Bachert from Ontario, Canada
I'm making gift baskets for my two sisters and my Mom for Mother's Day. I found some recipes for "gift jar" hot chocolate and tea mixes. I will put in a couple of those, some homemade muffins, homemade butter spread and a couple of candles. I purchased baskets at a second-hand store for $1 a piece and I will decorate those. The possibilities are endless when it comes to gift baskets! I,m also going to include a few fresh flowers.