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!
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.
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!!!