Bowdabra Christmas Gifts: Holiday Gift Basket

I am so excited to share this tutorial with you today on the Bowdabra Blog. Holiday baskets filled with festive small presents are a Holiday Gift Basketwonderful gift for Christmas, but the standard wicker baskets can be expensive. I purchased a small plastic storage tray (for .50 cents) and transformed it into a holiday gift basket using Krylon Fusion spray paint and Bowdabra’s Ribbon-To-Bead. Bowdabra’s Ribbon-To-Bead comes with a wire needle attached to the ribbon spool so threading beads onto the ribbon is easy and quick. Sign-up for Bowdabra’s Newsletter and receive a coupon code for free Ribbon-to-Bead.

Materials Needed:

  • Storage Plastic Tray
  • Krylon Fusion for plastic textured shimmer spray paint
  • 2 Spools of Purple Satin Ribbon-to-Bead
  • Silver & Gold Pony Beads
  • Hot Glue Gun


1. Begin with a plastic storage tray and Krylon spray paint for plastic.

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2. Spray paint the plastic tray with textured shimmer. Spray both the top and the bottom for a complete finish.

plastic tray


3. You will need two spools of Ribbon-to-Bead to weave the ribbon along the sides and add beads as you go.

Ribbon-to-Bead to weave the ribbon


4. Complete unroll the ribbon-to-bead and hot glue the end of the ribbon to the inside of the tray. Start to weave the ribbon along the sides and add pony beads as you go.

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5. Once the row is complete hold the ribbon end in place with more hot glue. Add another row of ribbon and beads alternating the pattern.

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6. After two rows I need the other ribbon-to-bead spool to complete the third row. Again, I hot glued the end in place and wove the ribbon and attached beads as I went.

how to make a homemade gift basket


7. My holiday gift basket is finished. Depending on the size of your plastic tray it may take more less ribbon rows.

make a homemade gift basket

8. I lined the holiday gift basket with silver tulle and then added hot chocolate mix, candy canes, peppermints, a handmade beaded tree ornament, and a beaded wreath ornament. To learn how to make your own beaded holiday ornaments visit Bowdabra’s Ribbons, Crafts, and Things for free ebook instructions.

holiday gift basket

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