Deciding on a
Preparing the Basket
Filling the Basket
Filling the Basket
Now it’s time to start figuring out
how the items will be placed into the basket. Some baskets are best with
a “360 degree” view—where items are placed facing out from the center in
all directions, with labels visible no matter which way you turn the
basket. Other baskets are constructed so that all the items face
Large items should go in the middle, or toward the back, with smaller
items in front and on the sides. That way everything can be seen
clearly. But, you’ll also need to balance everything so the basket
doesn’t tip over. Take some time to experiment with different
arrangements until you find the one that looks and works best.
Try to give your basket as much height as possible for a more
professional appearance. You can add a little extra fill under some
items to raise them up a bit.
Once you’ve decided where everything should go, you will need to secure
the items so they won’t move around after you’ve wrapped up the basket.
There are several methods to accomplish this:
Push the items down into the shred
and, if packed tightly enough, everything will stay in place (use your
fingers to poke “pockets” in the shred
Use wooden skewers, sticking them
down into the base of the basket and then propping or attaching the
Use clear packing tape along the
back of the items to hold them together and upright
Use cardboard wrapped with wrapping
paper, placed along the back of the basket to give support to the items
(insert the cardboard well down into the container and tape it down at
If the basket has a handle, larger
items may be tied or taped to the handle. Or attach items to a length of
tape strung across the back from one handle to the other.
Buy “glue dots,” which are
double-sided, pressure sensitive adhesive dots that apply quickly and
remove easily and completely. They can be purchased from craft stores,
office supply stores and on the web.