Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Gift Buckets-Craft Sharing

I have to admit that even though I love the end result of craft projects, I'm NO Martha Stewart. I'm not crafty--I just don't have that "crafty" gene that some women have. I love all the fabrics, papers, stamps, ribbons, etc. but I don't have the desire to sit down to a craft project and complete it. There is only one real "crafty" hobby I have and so in an effort to explore my crafty side and become--well, more crafty--I am going to try to share a craft with everyone each week. This week I am going to share with you my one crafty hobby--GIFT BUCKETS.
I love making my gift buckets. When we lived in Georgia, I opened my own business making these unique and special gifts. We moved to California and then again to Florida (where we are now) and it just got to be too much to keep up with so now it's back to being my hobby. But I love this craft so much that I want to share it with you all.

Making a gift bucket is very much like making a gift basket--except you are using a bucket. My favorite sizes to use are the 2 quart pails, 10 quart pails, 16 quart pails and wash tubs.

Supplies you will need:
gift items
glue dots
cellophane gift bag
gift card/tag

Here are the steps to making a basic gift bucket:

Step 1-
First, decide on the products you will be placing in the gift bucket and create your color scheme from there.

Step 2-
Fill your bucket with crumpled paper so everything won't sink to the bottom. Then cover your paper with shreds. You want your gifts to stand up and be seen so the recipient with go "Wow!" when they see it.

Step 3-
Arrange the gifts into the bucket so that they can all be seen. It usually works best to put taller items in the back and smaller items in the front. It may take several arrangements to find the perfect one. Once you've got it, use glue dots to keep items in place.
Step 4-
Fill in gaps between items with shreds. You can also use shreds to make items stand up better.

Step 5-
Place bucket inside a clear cellophane gift bag. Pull up the sides getting rid of the trapped air. Tie off the top with a rubberband and cover the band with raffia ribbon.

Step 6-
Top it off with a decorative bow, tying the ribbon around the band tightly to be sure it is secure.
Add your gift card, deliver and enjoy the look on the person's face when they see their beautiful, CRAFTY gift bucket that you made especially for them by hand.


michelle @ sweet mady's said...

Those are adorable. You should seriously consider starting your business up again one day!

Ready Scrap Go! said...

Wow these are so cute! Where do you buy your buckets? Love, Janel

Jacie said...

I've bought buckets from several places but I like the Bucket Outlet the best.

The Hinesley House said...

Great job! I love the one with the turtle. That would make such a cute baby shower gift idea. Looks like you do have the "crafty" gene after all.

Judy Evans said...

thanks for sharing how to make these beautiful gift baskets. You had some great tips!