Have you ever wanted to put together a beautifully wrapped gift basket but just didn’t know how to wrap it or where to even start? Maybe it’s your first time making a gift basket? It can be overwhelming especially when we really want it to look amazing, right? Well in this post we’re going to show you, step by step, how easy it can be wrap up a gift basket like a pro!
Step #1 – Your Supplies
To create a good gift basket you’re going to need some basic supplies: a gift box with removable lid, clear cello basket bag (instead of the cello wrap on a roll), newsprint packing paper, some tinsel cord, a pull bow and some colored basket shred.
Step #2 -Your Container
The container that you chose for your gift basket is very important. It needs to be sturdy, attractive and easy to work with. For this gift basket, instead of using a boring wicker basket (as is so typical for gift baskets!) we decided to use one of our 2 piece gift boxes that measures 7″x7″x4″. These boxes are quite rigid and not only make great gift basket containers but they’re also reusable as storage boxes after.
TIP: You can either place the lid under the box or behind it. We chose to go with the lid behind for this example.
Step #3 – Your Base
For a good base, we like to use unprinted newsprint packing paper. The newsprint is stiff, inexpensive and helps to fill the bottom of your container so you use less of the colorful basket shred. The packing paper also helps to keep heavy things (like jars and bottles) in place so they don’t get damaged and prevents them from sinking down to the bottom of the box (you want to see the products!)
TIP: Don’t use actual newspaper! The ink comes off and can mess up the inside of your container as well as the contents inside your gift basket.
Step #4 – Your Filler
Once you’ve got your newsprint packing paper in place, sprinkle some colorful basket shred on top. The color choice is yours but we usually recommend using a complimentary color (that matches the ribbon or bow) or a neutral color so your products stand out.
TIP: Try to stick with just 1 color for your filler. Combining 2 or more colors can be distracting and take away focus from the products in the gift basket.
Step #5 Your Products
When placing your products in the gift basket, keep in mind a few things:
- How is your basket going to be viewed? Just from the front or all the way around? In our sample gift basket, we decided to make the basket viewed just from the front, which is why we put the lid at the back of the box. You then want to “layer” products smallest to largest, from front to back (this way, small items can lean against the tall items in the back)
- If your gift basket is to be viewed all around, you would then put your lid under the box with the taller products in the center and the smaller items around the edge.
TIP: Consider the shapes and sizes of the products when you’re purchasing them. Try to vary them as much as possible which will make it easier to fit into the gift basket.
Step #6 – Your Basket Bag
Once you’ve placed all your products in the box, it’s time to put the box into a clear cello basket bag. These bags make wrapping up a gift basket quick and easy! Though not all baskets or containers will fit into a preformed basket bag, if yours can then do use one as they are much easier to then the traditional cello wrap on a roll. Secure the top of the cello basket bag with a length of tinsel cord or twine. We usually like to tie at the top of your tallest item in the gift basket. This helps keep everything secure inside and the cello wrap looking nice and crisp (not like someone sat on it!!)
TIP: Basket bags aren’t just for gift baskets! You can use them for hard to wrap items such as blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, stuffies and more.
Step #7 – Your Corners
You’ll notice in the previous photo in Step #6 that the corners of the basket bag are sticking out on the sides of the box. You MUST tape those under the box, yes, it’s a MUST! It’s the quickest way to make an average looking basket look amazing! It also helps keep all those products in their place. The last thing you want to do, after all this effort, is give a gift basket that looks like it’s been rolling around in your car trunk!
TIP: Use clear tape instead of frosted tape…it looks so much better!
Step # 8 – Your Bow
Ok now you’re almost done, you just need a bow for that finishing touch! The bow is an important part of the overall presentation of the gift basket so it needs to look really good. Above, we’ve shown an example of a black pull bow (top photo) which is easy to use especially if you’re not good with tying bows. In the bottom photo, we used a custom printed satin ribbon bow, which is hand tied. Here’s a super easy tutorial on how to make these perfect bows. This is a bit trickier to do but looks amazing, especially on corporate or special event gift baskets.
So, there you have it. Simply follow these 8 easy steps and you’ll become a gift basket making pro in no time!