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2009-05-08 Making a Mother’s Day Gift Basket


My husband called me this morning and asked me if I could put something together for his Mom for Mother’s Day. He just wanted some candy and something to put it in so he could give it to her. He usually likes to do this himself; (I’m unemployed and looking for a job with tons of time on my hands) so he asked me. I went to our local Wally-world and bought the candies that I was told she likes; a bunch of silk flowers; floral blocks; cello baggies; and basket filler. I came home a rooted around in my basement and found this basket; excelsior grass; floral wire; and floral picks. I then set out to put together a small gift basket.
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I first started with the floral block. I used hot glue and glued the excelsior grass on 5 sides of it (leaving the bottom plain). Then I took a skewer and punched two holes (sort of in the center of the block) all the way through. I used the floral wire and wired the block to the bottom of the basket.

The fun part for me was to cut the flowers off the bunch and poke them into the floral block making a little arrangement. After I added the one set of flowers that I bought I stood back and looked at it…it needed filler flowers. So I went to my stash and pulled out two little sprigs of blue flowers and added them. Look again…needs more color…back to the stash and added the last of the pink flowers I had. Hmmmm…the Mother’s Day card I made had a Cuttlebug butterfly on it. What if I add some butterflies on wire?

I added the basket filler and fluffed it around the space left in the basket. To make the candies look pretty I put them into the cello bags and trimmed the top with a pinking shears. I put one baggie in each of the four corners of the basket.
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I cut the butterflies out of the same material that I used on the card I’d made. I used two die cuts to make one butterfly (front & back); I put the wire in the middle and then glued the two butterflies together. Then I curlicued the wire and added a couple of them.
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The nice thing about the silk flowers is that even when the candy is gone the basket will still be pretty. All that would be needed is to fluff up the basket filler and it would be a nice table decoration.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. 2009/05/08 8:13 am

    Lovely! What a nice idea. And a great way to recycle stuff you already have.

  2. 2009/05/08 9:01 am

    Wow – this looks great! I’m sure your mother-in-law will love it!

  3. 2009/05/08 9:52 am

    This is so pretty Bonnie, I am sure she is going to love it!

  4. 2009/05/15 3:38 pm

    So lovely!!! I’ll bet she sooooo loved it too!

    You need to make up a portfolio of all your creations. Then hit florists and department stores, etc. People NEED talented, crafty people like you for their displays!

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