2nd Annual Handmade Holiday Link Up

2nd Annual Handmade Holiday Link Up
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Monday, October 24, 2011

Upcycling: strawberry basket to gift basket

The gift giving season is around the corner and now would be a good time to start preparing so you’re not racing around at the last minute. Planning ahead can also be a huge cost savings.



One item I like to give is homemade fudge. I wanted to come up with a fun and economical way to package my fudge this year.


Enter the plastic strawberry basket. My mother makes amazing homemade strawberry jam during the spring and summer. The jam goes quickly but strawberry baskets pile up. 


To make these baskets I wrapped twine around the top edge of the basket, inserting the twine through the holes and gluing the ends to the inside.

I cut out kraft paper and glued the pieces to each side and secured the corners with additional pieces of paper. I wrapped a piece of fringed muslin around the top edge to hide a little bit of the green plastic peeking through and added a “homemade fudge” tag. The fudge is wrapped in cellophane and a piece of fabric finishes off the gift basket.


This photo has nothing to do with making the gift basket but I love these measuring spoons I used in these photos. They say “dash”, “pinch” and “smidgen”.  Fun!

I’ll be making more of these baskets so I can have them ready to fill for the gift giving season. 


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Hope to see you tomorrow at the Inspiration Board Link Party.
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Photobucket UndertheTableandDreaming  Childmade Tip Junkie handmade projects    Tickled Pink at 504 Main  

25 comments:

  1. This is a fantastic basket, looks great!

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  2. So pretty, & VERY economical! I'm totally allergic to chocolate (GRRRR!) but I wouldn't even CARE if it came in something so pretty! That container would be a lovely addition to a kitchen counter or small side table! You always amaze me with your beautiful ideas!

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  3. YUMMY ( and no, I'm not just talking about the fudge although of course you know I'm all over that!) ) What a gorgeous transformation.

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  4. Your basket looks lovely enough to be the gift itself. I make fudge for gifts at Christmas and use tins I find at Goodwill. I like you basket better. And I love those spoons - how cute are they?

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  5. such a fabulous idea. gifts of food are wonderful and even more special in a pretty package. Adding your cute measuring spoons as photo props just made me smile! They are particularly sweet :)

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  6. such a beautiful upcycle - I hate tossing those baskets, but they pile up over the summer! I might have to try covering some.

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  7. Hi, Carolyn
    I just love this idea. I will have to try this out next time. Thank you for sharing.

    Vanessa

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  8. Perfect upcycle idea! And just in time for gift giving season!

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

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  9. Adorable packaging!! Love it and will be pinning it!!

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  10. They turned out great. What a clever idea.

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  11. Ahhh I'm loving this idea of using a strawberry basket to transform it into an awesome gift basket! great idea!

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  12. These are just the cutest gift boxes.

    Smiles

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  13. Such a cute idea! I would love to receive this as a holiday gift.

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  14. love this idea! always thinking of ways to use those baskets in a grown-up way, and you've done it! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

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  15. What a beautiful gift! I would love to receive a package like this. How thoughtful!

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  16. what a great idea...thank you for the inspiration

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  17. Another pin-worthy and "must-do" inspiring project!

    Perfection!

    Jenn

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  18. I absolutely love this idea. Such a great DIY project and it turned out so cute.
    Sarah
    www.budgetfriendlydecorating.com

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  19. I can't stop thinking about this gift basket! I featured it today on Sew Woodsy!

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  20. Love it! I end up with tons of those in the summer and had yet to think of a good upcycled project for them. Sadly mine all ended up getting recycled but I'm excited to save any more coming into the house.

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  21. 멋진 생각이에요! good idea!

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