Wrapping the Basket
Now that all of your items are in
place, it’s time to wrap up your creation if you wish. Many baskets look
great without wrapping, so it depends on your situation.
The most common (and usually the least expensive) wrap is cellophane.
It’s available in a huge variety of colors and patterns. Tulle is
another beautiful and inexpensive choice for wrapping baskets (tulle is
the netting material used in veils). Or you can purchase pre-made
“basket bags” made out of cellophane—just put the basket inside the bag
and tie at the top with a ribbon.
Wrapping can be tricky because it’s hard to judge how much material will
be needed to cover the basket properly. Probably more that you think at
first glance! Here’s one technique for using cellophane to cover a
To start, unroll the cellophane and
place your basket in the middle, with the front of the basket facing a
corner of the cellophane. Pull this corner of the cellophane up so that
it is at least six inches over the top of the basket.
Cut the cellophane into a rectangle
so that the opposite corner gives an equal height. If the cellophane
isn’t wide enough to cover the sides, you may need a second (shorter)
length to tuck inside.
Pull up the front corner and pull
the cellophane across the front of the basket so it is smooth. Try to
create a “picture window” effect on the front of the basket to display
the contents as clearly as possible. Tape the edges to items in the back
to keep it taut.
Pull up the opposite back corner.
Start gently gathering the front and back, straightening out wrinkles as
you go. Pull everything as taut as possible.
Gather the top of the cellophane
and fluff it out so it will stand up. Temporarily fasten with a twist
If necessary, snip excess
cellophane from the top.
If you want to hide the contents,
you can wrap the basket in tissue paper inside the cellophane, or use an
opaque material like fabric or butcher paper to wrap the basket. Burlap
works well for masculine baskets. Wrapping paper usually doesn’t work
well, because it tends to tear easily. In a pinch, you can use clear or
tinted plastic food wrap or even waxed paper.