How to Assemble a Gift Basket or Auction Basket; DIY Tutorial

DIY Tutorial:  How to Assemble a Gift Basket!

Whether you’re putting together a basket for a birthday, baby shower or for a fund raising event (as I often do when Busy Bee makes an auction donation) there are some little tricks that will give your gift a professional look!

 

Gather Supplies

How to assemble a gift basket

Paper shreds, thin and decorative ribbons, clear strapping tape, cellophane and scissors.

 

Assemble the Gift Items

DIY How to assemble an basket for a silent auction

I went with a nautical/seafood theme.

 

Choose a Base

DIY How to assemble an basket for a silent auction

Using a decorative tray or basket can be part of the gift, or if you want to keep costs down, try using a simple, cardboard cake tray or plastic platter!

 

Get the Items Ready


Remove price tags and take anything that’s not attractively packaged out of it’s packaging! For this basket, I took a set of napkin rings out of the plastic and tied them together with ribbon!

 

Start Putting the Basket Together

DIY How to assemble an basket for a silent auction

DIY How to assemble an basket for a silent auction

I use clear strapping tape to attach some of the gifts to the tray and to keep everything secure.

 

Layer in the Items

DIY How to assemble an basket for a silent auction


DIY How to assemble an basket for a silent auction

Put large items in the back, filling in with the smaller items, continuing to tape as you go.  Use paper shred in some of the open areas.  I stuffed tissue paper into the polka dotted silverware caddy so that some of the smaller items are easily visible!

 

Wrap it Up

DIY How to assemble an basket for a silent auction

Unroll approximately 2 yards of cellophane and center the tray in the middle.  Gather the ends of the cellophane together and tie it off with a thin piece of ribbon or a twist tie.

 

Tape it Again

DIY How to assemble an basket for a silent auction

Fold the ends of the cellophane like you would when wrapping a package.

 

Finishing Touches

DIY How to assemble an basket for a silent auction

 

Trim the cellophane at the top and add a decorative ribbon.

Final Steps

DIY How to assemble an basket for a silent auction

If you’re assembling a gift basket as a donation from your business, don’t forget to add a few of your business cards!  If you’re doing this as a charitable donation, keep of list of what went into the basket and the value so that the basket can be properly priced.

That’s a wrap!  Enjoy!

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