Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Gift Baskets for Purim

I am not a scrapbook-er, but I find the beautiful papers they sell at my local scrapbook store hard to resist. So, I'm always trying to come up with ideas how to use them in other ways.

This year I decided to incorporate them into my Shalach Manot gift baskets. I started out with white paper ice buckets I bought at the party store. They're inexpensive and quite strong so they make great containers for gifts of food. And, the clean white surface is an empty palette just begging for decoration.
Here are the supplies I used to make these baskets. I used two sheets per bucket, adhering them to the surface with spray mount and double-sided tape.
I picked different but coordinating papers from the scrapbook store, white ice buckets from iparty and round tags I found at Staples--they're part of the new line of Martha Stewart Home Office supplies.

For the gift tags, I tried to copy the feel of typography on a Hallmark ad I tore out of a magazine.
I drew a rough design on white paper and transferred that onto the tags with old fashioned carbon paper. Next I used a brown sharpie marker to write the final message.
All the food in my baskets this year are packaged items, so I was able to assemble these a week before Purim. That's a good thing since next week is so busy--our son Ben is home for spring break, lots of Purim parties and helping my daughter with her own Purim festivities. 
I also made two mini baskets for Moussia and Yosef thanks to the dollar store!
They'll be so excited to get their very own baskets.
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