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Quick How To: DIY Birthday Hamper

08 August 2013
My mum and dad's birthdays are only a month apart, so I decided to take them out for a meal last night (literally bang-on halfway between the two dates) and make them birthday hampers. I don't like giving big presents, and thought a hamper was a perfect idea. I was looking for cheap hampers online and in town, and couldn't find anything, so I thought I'd make my own... here's how:

You will need:
  • Wrapping paper
  • Tissue paper
  • An old shoebox
  • Scissors
  • A glue stick
  • Selotape
Cost: a couple of quid
Time taken: 5-10 minutes

1. Cut the top off of your shoebox if it is one of those annoying attached ones, and throw that away... no one needs that.

2. Make sure your wrapping paper can cover all 4 sides of the shoebox - if so, coat the two larger sides in glue, and wrap the paper around the bottom of the box, like above.

3. On the two smaller sides, apply the general wrapping technique to the wrapping paper, and use selotape to secure. I forgot to take a picture of that part as I got a bit into it, so here's what a quick Google Search gave me. Fold any excess wrapping paper inside the box and fasten with glue/selotape.

4. Take your tissue paper and place inside the box quite messily, allowing a substantial overlap over the sides of the box. 

5. Take these overlapping parts of tissues and roll/fold them over the edge to create a thick strip across the top, and secure with selotape.

6. Then take your selotape and go around the bottom of the strip, to fasten it to the box, and et voila.

I made a similar one for my dad with a considerably more masculine wrapping paper, put the presents inside and this was the outcome...

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