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					Gift Baskets
How to construct
and prepare gift
 baskets for all
   occasions

          Written by:
        Holli Bowman &
      Dr. Frank Flanders
Georgia Ag Ed Curriculum Office
      Updated January 2006
                  Objectives
1. Students will be able to name various uses and
   occasions for gift baskets.
2. Students will be able to prepare and assemble a
   gift basket with a theme.
3. Students will be able to calculate the cost of a
   gift basket.
4. Students will be able to describe the general
   design guidelines of making a gift basket.
Uses of Gift Baskets
• Decorations
• Banquet Centerpieces
• Door Prizes
• Teacher Gifts
• Holiday Gifts
• Welcome to Our School
  Gifts
• Theme Gifts
• Gifts to supporters
• and many other uses
  Special Uses of Gift Baskets
      in Ag Ed Programs
Banquet Centerpieces
- Baskets make beautiful table
   centerpieces.
- The baskets can be used as
   door prizes at the banquet.
- Baskets make a great class
   learning activity.
- Baskets can be made in
   advance of the banquet if non-
   perishable products are used.
 Special Uses of Gift Baskets
     in Ag Ed Programs
Ag Products Basket
- Use products in basket to tell
   the story of agriculture and
   agricultural careers.
- Include literature to explain
   agriculture and agricultural
   careers.
- Use products from your state
   or highlight one local
   product.
Determine a Theme
Baskets can be created
around any theme.
Examples:
   – FFA
   – Garden
   – Education
   – State Products
   – Circus
   – Birthday
   – Your School
   – Holidays
Theme Idea
                                     As a class activity, the
                                     teacher may want you
                                     to choose a theme and
                                     make a list of the
                                     items to include in
                                     your basket.




Theme example: Dairy
Items you might include: plush dairy cows, cheese
crackers, milk chocolate candy, macaroni & cheese, dry
milk, dairy drink, cow print pen, fabric swatch with
cows and evaporated milk
Assemble Supplies
Supplies:
- Basket or container
- Excelsior filler or shred
- Jams & Jellies
- Peanuts
- Flower Seeds
- Magazines
- Ribbon
- Silk Flowers
- Soil Sample Bag
- Fabric Swatch
- Cokes
- Candy
- etc . . .
Assemble Tools & Materials
                   Tools:
                   - Wire cutters
                   - Scissors
                   - Florist picks
                   - Tape
                   - Rubber bands
                   - Floral tape
                   - Floral wire
                   - Cellophane
                     wrap
Preparing Items
One of the challenges beginners face is making items stay in
place in the design. Here are a few techniques that can be
used on a wide variety of items.

                                       To include seed
                                       packs and other
                                       small items in the
                                       basket, they may
                                       need to secured to a
                                       florist pick. In this
                                       case, tape the pick to
                                       the back of the seed
                                       pack.
Preparing Items
 Fabric swatches add an
 inexpensive splash of color to
 your basket design.
                      To insert a fabric
                      swatch, attach a
                      wooden pick. Fold
                      the swatch around
                      the pick and then
                      wrap the wire on
                      the pick around the
                      folded swatch as
                      shown. A steel pick
                      machine may also
                      be used to make the
                      job much faster if
                      one is available.
Preparing Items
                  A steel pick
                  machine is a handy
                  tool for making
                  quick work of
                  putting picks on
                  items.




                   A steel pick has been
                   attached to this flower.
Preparing Items

                  To use a bottle of
                  Coke in the
                  design, secure
                  picks to opposite
                  sides of the bottle
                  with rubber
                  bands and tape.
Preparing Items




 Here, florist tape is used to secure a pick to silk leaves.
 Florist picks and floral tape may be used to prepare
 many items.
Preparing Items
Ribbons add a splash of
color to your basket. To
include ribbon tips, they
must be secured to a pick.




                             To attach a wooden pick, fold the
                             ribbon around the pick and wrap
                             the wire on the pick around the
                             folded ribbon. A steel pick
                             machine may also be used to
                             make the job much faster.
Preparing Items
                             To give the ribbon a
                             nice finish, cut on an
                             angle or in a “V” shape.




 To easily cut into a “V”
 shape, fold the ribbon in
 half and snip on angle.
Preparing Items
                  Stems
                  such as
                  wheat
                  can be
                  secured
                  together
                  using
                  floral
                  tape.
Preparing Items
Making “tubes” of magazines,
handouts, newsletters, etc.,
facilitates placement, but
items may be used un-rolled
in many instances.



                               Make tubes out of magazines by
                               rolling the magazines and
                               securing with curling ribbon.
                               These make good “tall” items for
                               your basket. If they need to be
                               taller, just put a rubber band
                               around one end and slip a
                               wooden pick underneath.
Designing the Basket
 The principles used in making gift baskets are very similar to those of
 floral design. You may want to review different geometric shapes
 used in floral design. The following shapes are most commonly used.




                                            Horizontal


 Inverted T

                                                                  Symmetrical
                            Asymmetrical
                                                                    Triangle
                              Triangle

              Right-Angle
                                                         Circle

   The first step in putting the basket together is visualizing the
   overall shape and size in your mind.
Filling the Basket
Excelsior is         Other fillers
commonly             include colored
used as filler.      paper shred,
It is shipped in     mylar shred and
compacted            plastic shred.
bales. Begin
by separating
and “fluffing”
the excelsior.
Filling the Basket
Fill the basket with the
separated and “fluffed”
excelsior. Remember,
filler is inexpensive.
Pile it high in the
basket to display and
showcase more
expensive items such
as stuffed animals.
Showcase items
sinking to the bottom
and becoming partially
hidden is a common       Beginners tend to underestimate the height
problem for beginning necessary to make their baskets look good –
basket makers.           especially after the filler settles. Start with a
                             lot of filler to make items stand tall.
Is the basket to be viewed from one
side, all sides, etc.? Place the items
with the “view” in mind.

                             If the basket is to
                             be used as a table
                             centerpiece, start
                             by placing tall
                             items in the
                             center and
                             prepare the
                             basket so it is
                             attractive when
                             viewed from all
                             sides.
Filling the Basket
When filling the
basket, split the
excelsior into two
sections to facilitate
putting tall items in the
basket. Beginners will
have the most success
if their first basket is to
be viewed from one
side with the tallest
materials in the middle
and to the back of the
basket.
Inserting Items
             First, establish the height.

           Begin by
           inserting the
           tallest items in
           the basket first.
           Birch or other
           tree branches,
           wheat, an ear
           of corn (shucks
           up) and rolled
           up magazines
           make good tall
           items.
Inserting Items
  Second, establish the width and depth.

 Adding items on
 each side of the
 basket and to the
 front and back
 helps to establish
 the width and
 depth. Here, a
 bottle of Coke is
 used.
Inserting Items
 Third, establish the shape of the design.

                         Add items, one-by-
                         one, to establish the
                         shape of the design.
                         Heavier, darker
                         colored items should
                         be kept in the center
                         and lower in the
                         basket. Smaller,
                         lighter colored items
                         can be placed near the
                         edges and higher in
                         the design if needed.
Inserting Items
This soil sample
bag and
instructions are
added to this
agricultural theme
basket.
Inserting Items
Specialty jams and
jellies are added to the
front of the basket.
These heavy items give
visual stability to the
design. If they were
placed high or both on
the same side, the
basket would not be
visually balanced. It
would look heavy on
one side.
Inserting Items
                  Play money, an
                  apple and a boll
                  of cotton add to
                  the design of
                  this basket.
                  Filler items,
                  mostly small,
                  inexpensive
                  items are put in
                  last to fill gaps.
Inserting Items
Filler items
include
ribbon tips,
play money,
small silk
flowers,
fabric
swatches,
silk leaves,
cotton bolls
and candy.
Wrapping the Basket
             To give the basket a
             “professional” look, the
             basket should be wrapped
             with cellophane. It is
             important to cut the
             cellophane large enough to fit
             around the basket. Be sure to
             measure before cutting. To
             measure, unroll a length of
             the cellophane and set the
             basket in the center. Before
             cutting, pull the corners of the
             cut end and the cellophane
             roll above the basket.
Wrapping the Basket
                 Make the cut at the
                 point where each
                 end extends 6” – 12”
                 taller than the
                 basket.
Wrapping the Basket
To wrap the basket, start
by brining the opposite
corners of the cellophane
to the top of the basket.
Hold in place with one
hand while bringing the
other two corners to the
top. It may be helpful to
get the assistance of a
friend with this step.
Wrapping the Basket
             Once all corners are gathered
             at the top, secure the
             cellophane with ribbon or
             raffia just above the tallest
             items in the basket. Some of
             the taller items may stick out
             above the cellophane.
Wrapping the Basket
If the cellophane is
just a bit too short in
some places, it may be
necessary to use a
piece of plastic tape to
secure the cellophane.
However, the tape
should be placed so
that it does not show.
The mechanics of your
arrangement (tape,
picks, holding devices)
should never show.
Finishing Touches

                    Adding silk
                    flowers and
                    a bow gives
                    the basket a
                    touch of
                    class.
Basket Cost
              It is important to know the
              cost of your baskets– either
              for the budget or if they are
              to be sold as a fundraiser.
              Make a list of every item in
              your basket and materials
              used. Assign a cost to each
              item, estimating as
              necessary. Be aware that a
              professional basket maker
              would determine the cost
              before making the basket.
Basket Cost
              Many of the
              items in the
              basket must be
              purchased in
              multiples or in
              bulk to get the
              best possible
              price. The
              following slide
              gives a break-
              down of
              individual costs
              based on bulk
              purchases for
              this example
              basket.
Cost of Example Basket
Basket                 $2.25   Georgia Growing Magazine     $   .00
Relish                 $1.65   FFA New Horizons Magazine    $   .00
Blackberry Jam         $1.65   Georgia FFA Today Magazine   $   .00
Peanut Brittle         $1.50   Fabric Swatch                $   .20
Twix Fun-Size          $ .15   Flower Seed                  $   .35
Dum-Dum Suckers        $ .10   Soil Sample Bag              $   .00
Salted Peanuts         $ .25   Cellophane Wrapping          $   .40
Microwave Popcorn      $ .35   Georgia Peanuts
Pecan Log Roll         $2.25           $ .00
Apple                  $ .35   Raffia                       $ .25
Silk Flower            $ .45   River Birch Twigs            $ .15
Bottle of Coke         $ .50   Dried Wheat                  $ .25
Yellow & Blue Ribbon   $ .35                                =====
Ting-ting              $ .15   Total                        $14.45
Excelsior Filler       $ .40       Collecting donated items
Play Money             $ .15       significantly reduces the
Cereal                 $ .40       cost of making baskets!
Additional Ideas
             Be creative when thinking of
             containers for your “basket”
             designs. Almost any
             container can be filled with
             items to make a unique gift.




    Mugs        Insulated Lunch Boxes
General Design Guidelines
1.   A basket design should be about 1-1/2 to 2-1/2
     times the height or width of the basket, which
     ever is greater.
2.   Larger, heavier items should be placed toward
     the bottom and center of the design for
     balance.
3.   Smaller items should be toward the top and
     edges of the design.
4.   Dark colors should be placed toward the
     bottom and center of the design.
5.   Use more light, bright colored items than dark
     colored items.
General Design Guidelines
6.    Establish the height of the design first by
      putting in tall items.
7.    Establish length and width second.
8.    Put in the dominate/spotlight items third.
9.    Be sure that all items can be seen. Hidden
      items add to the cost, but not to the display.
10.   Add filler items or other materials as needed
      to finish the design.
   Making gift baskets gives
   students a unique chance
   to express their creativity
   and learn new skills in
   addition to constructing
   items valuable for many
   uses.




Special thanks to Lauren Jarrett for her
assistance in creating this example basket.