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How to Wrap a Gift Basket

Making a gift basket should be easy and fun, but it can be tricky to wrap the basket. Here are tricks on how to wrap a gift basket, so it looks like a pro did it!

Tips to Creating the Perfect Gift Basket

Place taller items on either side of the basket to add symmetry. 

The tallest items should be placed toward the back of the basket, so all items are visible inside the basket. 

how to wrap a gift basket
Kitchen Themed Basket

Add Paper Filler 

Then place tissue paper underneath the smaller items toward the front of the basket. 

Tissue paper or another filler will help fluff up the basket and prevent items from falling to the bottom of the basket. 

Color, Texture, & Pattern

Look for items with color to brighten up the basket and make it look more interesting.

Then find an item with texture and an item with a pattern to complete the look.

The items don’t all have to be overly practical, but they should keep the theme in mind. 

Now that you have organized the items nicely in the basket, it is time to wrap the basket and add a bow on the top.

Gift Basket Inspiration

Here are similar items to make your own gift basket.

How to Wrap a Gift Basket

This step is totally optional, but it does make the basket look nice and keeps the items together.

All you need to wrap a gift basket is a roll of cellophane warp, a hair dryer, and twine or ribbon.

cellophane wrap

Sizing the Cellophane Wrap

Before cutting the cellophane wrap, set the basket on top of the unraveled cellophane to determine the size.

Wrap the cellophane up and over top of the basket making sure you have enough overlap.

Once you have enough coverage, cut the cellophane slightly longer to leave room for error.

Then rearrange the basket in the center of the cellophane again and make the items in the basket did not shift as well.

Here is a link to the cellophane wrap that I used:

Clear Cellophane Wrap

How to Use a Hair Dryer on Cellophane Wrap

Now that everything is in place, bunch up the cellophane at the top and hold it in one hand.

With the other hand turn on the hair dryer on low and point it about 6-10 inches from the cellophane.

The cellophane will start to shrink and snuggly wrap around the basket.

cellophane wrap

Slowly work your way around the basket until the basket is completely wrapped.

If there are any areas that you aren’t satisfied with, use hair dryer again and smooth the cellophane.

Once you are happy with the final look, gather the cellophane at the top nicely then tie a ribbon or twine around.

Cut any excess cellophane, if you have a large amount over flowing and adjust the ribbon or twine if needed.

Be sure to watch the video to get a better understanding of how to wrap a gift basket with cellophane wrap.

The cellophane wrap that I used can be found here:

Clear Cellophane Wrap
how to wrap a gift basket

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