Those of you who have been following me for a while may have noticed that I didn’t create my own Christmas gift wrap/packaging this year. Over the past several years, I’ve come up with some sort of handmade gift wrap each year.
Last year was the stenciled packages.
And the year before I used some I.O.D. stamps to decorate my packages.
One of my favorites was in 2018 when I was inspired by Venetian velvet.
But this year I just didn’t come up with any super creative ideas for wrapping all of my packages.
However, I did put together a couple of gift baskets that I thought would be fun to share. Neither of them have a predominantly Christmas look to them, so I figured it would be OK to share them even though Christmas is over.
Here’s what I started out with.
Did you know that they have these cute little cardboard pots at Hobby Lobby?
I did not. Until I saw them there that is. And if you shop when the paper goods are half off, they only cost $1. That’s cheaper than a gift bag.
Plus there is the added bonus of being able to get crafty and decorate it however you want to.
I went fairly simple with mine. I first painted it in Dixie Belle’s Silk paint in Anchor, and then I added one of I.O.D.’s Traditional Pots transfers.
This made the perfect container for a gardening themed gift. I just tucked in some garden gloves and gift card to our local nursery.
I added a star shaped tag that I purchased ages ago on Etsy.
I wish I had kept track of who the Etsy vendor was so that I could share that with you (and so that I could order more myself, this was my last one), but unfortunately I did not.
Next up is this fall themed metal basket that I found at the thrift store.
I don’t know where this came from originally, but my guess is Hobby Lobby, or somewhere similar. Have you noticed that items like this from Hobby Lobby often look like they were created by someone for whom English is a 2nd language? Is it just me? Do you know anyone who calls it a “pumpkins patch”?
Well, regardless, the graphic itself was a little cheap looking anyway. So I sanded it down and then painted the bucket using Dixie Belle’s Anchor. I then added one of the JRV mini stencils to the front of the bucket.
My neighbor asked me to help her put together a gift basket for her boss. She provided the fillings.
I decided to work with the gorgeous amber color of the bourbon by adding some brown tissue paper.
I dressed it up a little using the I.O.D. Crockery stamp and some VersaFine Clair ink in Pinecone.
There were a few gift cards and smaller items to be included so I decided to tuck those into a drawstring burlap bag. My friend Sue had given me a stack of these bags knowing that I could dress them up.
I used a few of the 6″ x 6″ stencils that I’d purchased for the kid sized shovel that I shared a week or so ago. They ended up being the perfect size for these bags too.
With the addition of a cheese serving plate and a book with tips on pairing wines and cheeses, the gift basket was complete.
I always enjoy pulling gift baskets like this together, how about you?
I hope I’ve given you an idea or two for your next gift basket!