So when we left off, I had three auctions baskets assembled, two of which needed to be wrapped.
Honestly, I don't claim to be great at this wrapping part. Cellophane tends to give me agita. If you're looking for a blog about perfection I'm definitely not your gal (though I can probably refer you to 100 gorgeous blogs that will fulfill that need). If, however, you're looking for a blog that will make you feel good about yourself in comparison, well, my friend, you've come to the right place!
So without further ado, here is my process, warts and all:
To begin with I got out my "tape" and my cellophane. Tape is in quotes because I don't actually use tape for this. Instead I like to use glue dots or, in this case, a "dot glue runner," because they're less visible.
I also used two large rolls of cellophane. I still had tons left over from last year.
I decided to place the insulated tote beneath the large Trader Joe's Sampler basket (as opposed to including it inside). It seemed to fit better that way. So I put the insulated tote on top of the cellophane. (It was actually two rolls of cellophane criss-crossed over one another to prevent big gaps when it was all gathered up.)
Then I put the basket on top of the tote...
|(Don't worry. I remembered to snip the tag off that basket.)|
...gathered the cello from one roll up in a big bunch...
...and temporarily secured it with a large twist tie.
Then I gathered up the second roll of cello and repeated the process until it looked like this:
See all of that extra cellophane sticking out at odd angles around the sides of the basket? That's where the glue dot runner comes in. If a piece of cello is sticking out in an awkward fashion, pop some glue on it and then fold it over so it sticks snugly to the side of the basket for a more streamlined look. (Unfortunately I couldn't apply the glue and take a picture so you'll just have to believe me.)
Then it was time to tie up the basket with some decorative ribbon. I had some of my favorite paper ribbon set aside just for this occasion but strangely, I couldn't find it anywhere. Fortunately, I had tons of Christmas ribbon available as a substitute.
So I tied the ribbon and slipped the twist ties off from underneath it.
And here's the finished product.
(I'd like it to be a little neater but the tote underneath the basket made that kind of difficult.)
And wait a second... what's that?
(Do you see it? Right there in between the honey butter and the Papardelle?)
Yup, you guessed it; I had wrapped my decorative ribbon right into the gift basket.
See! I told you that I'd make you feel better by comparison.
(Don't worry, I was able to get it out ;)
And here's the finished product (without the extra ribbon...)
At this point I was left with one more basket to wrap. Being smaller it was easier.
I didn't need to use two rolls of cello for one thing...
...and I got to use my paper ribbon.
I love this stuff. It's so easy to work with and it curls so nicely.
And there you have it! Two auction baskets wrapped and ready to go!
I'll try and remember to let you know how much they went for. :)