Gift Baskets for All Seasons: 75 Fun and Easy Craft Projects

Gift Baskets for All Seasons: 75 Fun and Easy Craft Projects

by Elizabeth Jane Lloyd, Lucy Peel
     
 


Baskets containing seasonal delights are perfect for gifts or home decoration. This captivating book contains 75 fun and easy projects and ideas for making, filling, and decorating baskets. All with a seasonal theme, the baskets celebrate holidays including Valentine's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and are wonderful gifts for such special occasions as…  See more details below

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Baskets containing seasonal delights are perfect for gifts or home decoration. This captivating book contains 75 fun and easy projects and ideas for making, filling, and decorating baskets. All with a seasonal theme, the baskets celebrate holidays including Valentine's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, and are wonderful gifts for such special occasions as birthdays and anniversaries.

The projects encompass a wide range of styles and techniques, from traditional country crafts using flowers, foliage, and herbs to more innovative ideas using materials as diverse as candles, sculpting clay, cookies, and chocolate. Bountiful baskets of all shapes and sizes are filled with decorative objects or edible treats, including:

* Fresh and dried flowers
* Decorated Easter eggs
* Gingerbread men
* A picnic spread
* Seashells
* Ripe summer fruit
* Aromatic oils and herbs
* Wheat and corn dolls
* Sewing materials
* Bright craft beads
* Christmas specialties

There is a detailed "recipe" for creating each basket, with clear step-by-step instructions. Even so, each of the projects may be modified to allow for individual interpretation and creativity, making them memorable gifts and decorations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789202956
Publisher:
Abbeville Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Pages:
94
Product dimensions:
9.56(w) x 9.03(h) x 0.39(d)

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Making the Most of Baskets

Of all the items in common use by households across the globe, baskets must be among the most enduring. They provide an unbroken link that can be traced back as far as the times of such lost civilizations as those of the ancient Greeks and Romans. The flimsy remains of baskets have also been discovered in the tombs of ancient Egyptians, and it is reasonable to assume that they were being used by our ancestors centuries before that.

Baskets were originally designed purely for everyday use, for such humble tasks as storing utensil or food, and for fetching and carrying. Their widely varying styles, which we find so attractive today, grew out of practical need, their shapes evolving according to the particular use they were going to be put to. Baskets for loaves, for example, needed to be long and shallow, while baskets for storing rice or cooking paraphernalia needed to be narrow and deep.

Over the centuries, these basically mundane household objects took on entirely different roles. People began to recognize them for many uses other than those for which they were originally intended. And so they were pressed into many other roles, from the everyday—such as storing newspapers—to the fun, as receptacles for pretty flower arrangements, for pinecones, dried grasses and seedheads, or even for Christmas baubles.

We are lucky today in that we have a veritable United Nations of baskets available to us, imported from all over the world. So while our own country's baskets may be both attractive and beautifully made, we can still satisfy our desire for the unusual: after all, it is always fun to try something different.

Baskets as constructed from natural materials, whether it be willow, rush, rattan or plywood. As we become more aware of our threatened environment, this becomes a definite plus. We are happy to use something entirely natural, especially if it means banishing nonbiodegradable plastic containers to the rubbish heap of history.

Every household will have a basket or two somewhere, whether it is in day-to-day use or sitting forgotten in a corner. If yours are hidden away, now is the time to brush off the dust and turn your basket into something truly splendid, worthy of a prime position in your home, with the help and inspiration of the ideas contained in this book.

The glory of this is that it is so simple. There is no need to trek off to the store and spend a lot of money on equipment: instead, whatever you have to hand can be pressed into use either to decorate or else to fill your baskets. The key is improvisation. It is astonishing how something as plain and utilitarian as a shopping basket can be dressed up, with the help of a few ribbons or strands of ivy, to look unusual and special, worthy of being filled with something appealing.

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Meet the Author


Elizabeth Jane Lloyd created all the baskets in this book. A successful painter, she exhibited her work internationally. She also taught fine art and gave workshops all over the world. She is the author of two previous books, Enchanted Circles and Watercolor Still Life for the Royal Academy in London.

Lucy Peel, co-author, is a freelance journalist. She is the co-author of two previous books, '50s & '60s Style and An Introduction to 20th Century Architecture.

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