I was recently asked to make a couple of baskets for a fundraiser at our church. Of course I said yes, immediately. I was super happy to contribute, so I offered up two craft baskets. I figured I would make one with activities for children and one for adults. I know crafts and enjoy crafts, it would be an easy way to give back and help out...or so I thought!
I had actually never made a gift or raffle basket before. I thought I knew exactly what I was going to do, but once I was in the craft store, I was stumped. The first time I went, I was so overwhelmed, I left empty handed!
I suddenly felt an enormous wave of responsibility and insecurity. The purpose of the basket was to raise money. In order to do that, it would need to be filled with items that people wanted badly enough to throw money at them. Plus, they needed to look super enticing. Honestly, that is...was the key.
Have you ever been to one of those parties, where pretty packages get passed around and then "stolen" over and over again? Everyone just wants the gorgeous paper or bow, no one really thinks about what's inside, right? Of course, I knew I was going to fill my basket with quality, but I also knew it HAD to look fabulous.
I decided to work on the kids' basket first. I thought it would be easier and turns out, I was right. I went to a discount store and gathered up a bunch of craft kits. There were a variety of painting and sewing projects, window art kits, drawing and coloring activities. You get the picture. I made sure that I steered clear of anything was overtly gender specific, so it would draw a broader group to bid!
Instead of adding random items, I decided to add all the supplies necessary to make three full (and very basic) crafts, a decoupaged cardboard box, stenciled clay pots and a summer wreath. I included paints, stencils, the pots, a grapevine wreath, a Bowdabra Bow Maker, silk hydrangeas, ribbon, brushes and craft paper among other items. I also tossed in two books for painting inspiration. I purchased all of the items with coupons!
On my way out, I grabbed a roll of that clear hairdryer shrink wrap and got ready to put it all together!
I did not use an actual basket for the kids' items. I stacked the boxes on top of one another and used the shrink wrap to hold the form.
The grown up items were placed in a rustic wire basket. It took me a few tries to find an arrangement I liked, then I wrapped that one up as well.
I topped each package off with a fabulous bow and a sheet detailing the contents...
...which lists the Delux Watercolor Set, a brand name, not a misspelling!
I am very happy with the way they turned out and I think they really enticed people to buy tickets! I know that the event was a huge success overall and I happy with my contribution.
They were definitely pretty enough to be stolen at a party! ;)
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