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October 4, 2011

Make Your Own Halloween Gift Baskets, Hampers and Care Packages

Make Your Own Halloween Gift Baskets, Hampers and Care Packages.

Halloween has always been associated with orange and black, now known as the universal Halloween colors. These are associated with the popular symbols like jack-o’ lantern.
Aside from the decors the colors, and the symbols, Halloween has been made even more fun and interesting by the many activities that have created a unique modern tradition, which festivities are usually celebrated by gatherings of family and friends, trick-or-treating, fancy dress and more recently Halloween Gifts and Treats.

This lens will give you a few ideas on how to create the perfect and unique gift basket, gift hamper or care package for any individual in most any circumstance, from a hostess gift basket and a treat hamper for your little one, to a care package or gift basket (which doesn’t necessarily actually HAVE to be a basket but even a box – see ideas below) for your teen or loved ones who will not be with you over the Halloween festival.

Gift hampers are extremely easy to assemble, but the final result looks stunning – a true labor of love (without the ‘labor’). Suitable for any occasion, gift baskets can often be just the solution when you can’t decide on a particular gift item. You can use different shapes of baskets or boxes, with or without handles, and the size depends on what you want to put into it.

The only limitation is your own imagination…

Steps on How to Create a Beautiful Gift Basket, Hamper or Care Package

Decide what the basket ‘theme’ will be. Then look for a sufficiently sized basket, and purchase all the items for it.
Cut 2 yards of cellophane and lay it on the table surface, right side down, and place the basket in the middle of it.
Arrange all items inside the basket. You can place a cloth napkin or paper doily in the bottom. Ensure that breakable items are secured or wrapped in cloth or tissue to prevent breakage. Position tall items in the center, with medium items on the outside, and small ones in between. Individually-wrapped candy sprinkled throughout the items adds a sweet touch.
Gather up the cellophane, pulling up the short sides first, then longer sides, and secure with a long twist tie. A helper is great for this step.
Add the ribbon, making a nice bow with long curved tails. Or attach a ready-made bow. No need to remove the twist tie.
Attach the gift tag with string or tape it to the front cellophane.


Cellophane is sold in either clear, colored, print or festive. The clear with a small gold pattern is very versatile for any occasion.
Ready-made bows are great for taking the hassle out of making one, but make sure that the size is right for the basket – a large basket requires a larger bow. Likewise, don’t hide a small basket with an over-sized bow.
Other items can be used instead of a basket, such as a casserole dish, pie plate, serving bowl, or gift box bottom. If the basket or container has very low sides, you may require a helper to gather up the cellophane.
The gift tag can be attached by a string from the gathered bow, or taped to the front of the basket.
Another alternative is to use the “heat shrink” cellophane that is left over from winterizing your windows. This will shrink with the heat of a hair-dryer to form a perfect fit and look like those gift baskets bought in stores. Of course, use only a full sheet from a kit that is extra and left over. It it rather expensive to buy and use a kit for this purpose.
If one of the short sides of cellophane is gaping, you may be able to adjust it by pulling gently on the top section, or secure with a small piece of clear tape.
Resist the urge to ‘play’ with the cellophane to get it just right – the idea is to gather the cellophane which produces an array of varying sizes of cellophane ‘petals’ – a unique ‘bouquet’. If the ‘petals’ are too long for your liking, you can trim them with scissors.

Things You’ll Need

Basket – Sufficient for the items (Or a beautifully decorated box – this can be achieved by a collage-like covering or by covering with Halloween themed paper)
Cellophane – A roll or at least 1.5 to 2 yards or meters
2-3 Yards of wired ribbon or a ready-made bow
Gift Tag with string to attach
Twist tie, or rubber band to ‘gather’ the wrapping
Items to insert in the basket
Bag of individually wrapped candy
Edited and adapted from an article provided by wikiHow, a wiki how-to manual. Original wikiHow article on How to Create a Beautiful Gift Basket. All content on wikiHow can be shared under a Creative Commons license.


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