Hampers usually look really appealing. I packed 12 myself for a company before Christmas. They were food hampers and the biggest challenge was sitting the products in snugly but making them balance. You can’t have all the heavy stuff on one side, for example. It is relatively easy to make them look terrific, though at Christmas.
And that’s my point! Everybody associates hampers with Christmas. Just like they associate hampers with food and more occasionally, toiletries.
Why? Who knows! To be honest I wouldn’t have thought to explore this theme further if the lovely Bobby from WBC hadn’t sent two, to me. Their website is a dream of all things to do with packaging and well worth a browse, wbc.co.uk

1.The cleverest thing about these hampers is they fold flat. Completely! Which means if you decide to bulk buy or stock them they don’t take up much space, like a traditional hamper would. I wanted to decorate them So, the first one I did had a ballet theme. Here we go!

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2.I put some pink (of course) netting inside. Not too neatly ….so there was plenty of gathers and enough length to spill right over and down the front and sides, like a skirt. I glued it in place at the top, inside edge.


3.I pleated a length of plain white ribbon and stitched it .This was glued on the brown faux leather straps on the top of the hamper.


4. Check the length of the ‘ skirt’ of netting and trim where needed. I then wrapped 4 lengths of narrow white ribbon around the entire hamper, over the skirt, and finished with a bow at the front.


5. Where the pleated ribbon finished ,I glued a butterflies to the straps of the hamper as a finishing touch.

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6. Now all I needed was a ballerina!
All ballerinas have a treasure trove of goodies to store and Nia is no exception. She is 9 years old but has been dancing since she was three. She instantly likes the netting and the butterflies, then takes great delight in arranging all her things inside the hamper.
When I tell Nia she can keep the hamper she goes off with a hop, skip and a pirouette!!!

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  • Reply Bobby Stearns February 26, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Thanks Amanda, glad you like the folding hamper! We were keen to develop a product that was an alternative economy price to wicker baskets. And it was popular at this year’s Spring Fair. So inspiring to see how it can be brought to life with embellishments and finishing touches – thanks once again!www.wbc.co.uk

  • Reply Christine February 26, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Hi Amanda, Nia is loving the hamper. I can’t tell you how many times it’s been packed and re-packed.
    Thank you so much xx

  • Reply Hayley February 27, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Oooh what a good idea, I love a good hamper. Home made and filled with treats what a fabulous gift

  • Reply Peggy Reinvented March 6, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Flat pack hampers – great idea! It looks so pretty.

    • Reply GiftFrippery March 14, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      I hoped it might inspire other people to get creative!

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