A DIY Basket For That Special Holiday Hostess Gift

Thanks for stopping by Day Two of the 12 Days Of Christmas 2018 Event! Today is all about DIY Gift Ideas and I'm sharing a DIY basket for that special holiday hostess gift.

Gift baskets are always so popular during the holidays and so nice to receive. But what about adding a made with love personal touch that has lasting memories? That's exactly what I did with my handpainted wooden basket with handpicked hot beverage accoutrements.
DIY Holiday Hostess Gift With Handpainted Basket And Handpicked Goodies

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It's Day 2 and we are sharing DIY Gift Ideas!

DIY Basket For That Special Holiday Hostess Gift


It all started with this wood basket with black metal handle found at Goodwill for a whopping $2. I immediately thought it would make a unique basket for a hostess gift during Christmas and so it sat in my workshop for several months waiting for the holidays.
DIY Holiday Hostess Gift Basket Before
Painted a festive red with some coffee and hot chocolate related stencils and it makes the perfect container for a hostess gift basket.
DIY Holiday Hostess Gift Basket After Painted Red And Stenciled
Then I went shopping to handpick a selection of hot beverage blends and related goodies to fill it.
DIY Holiday Hostess Gift Basket Hot Beverage Inspired Goodies
I've included affiliate links in this post for your convenience so you can see what products I used or recommend to make this project. See my full disclosure policy.

Last year I purchased several gift baskets and found the nicer the container, the higher the price and most often over my budget. So for $2 and a little bit of paint and elbow grease, makes this an affordable option for getting the high-end look with a budget-friendly price tag.

Filling the handpainted wood gift basket

Now we're ready to fill the Christmas basket with those handpicked goodies.
DIY Holiday Hostess Gift Basket From A to Z
I completely forgot to buy crinkle paper filler to line the basket and so I used natural raffia that I had on hand.
DIY Holiday Hostess Gift Basket Layered With Natural Raffia
I placed the larger items in the basket first and filled the cavities with the smaller goodies. The coffee-inspired tea towel is folded and placed in the forefront beside the festive mug to be seen through the wrapping.
DIY Holiday Hostess Gift Basket Filled With Handpicked Goodies
And now we're ready to wrap this gift with clear cellophane and a cozy sweater ribbon bow. I am all thumbs when it comes to wrapping cellophane all pretty like the professionals. I went to YouTube for helpful tips and thought I'd share the gift basket wrapping tutorial I found in case you struggle too.
DIY Holiday Hostess Gift Basket Wrapped For Giving
The same goes for making pretty bows so I cheat and use this super easy bow making tool that I've had for years and can't do without. I even used it for making a bow topper on my Christmas Tree one year.

Easy peasy tutorial for painting the festive wooden basket 

After a good scrub with vinegar and water and a light sand with 150 grit sandpaper, it was painted with two coats of festive Dixie Belle Barn Red chalk mineral paint. Can you tell by the condition of the jar how much I love this color!
DIY Holiday Hostess Gift Basket Handpainted Red
I thought adding grain sack stripes would be fitting inside the basket for a nice touch after the basket is emptied. It's easy to do with Delicate Surface Frog Tape and white chalk or acrylic craft paint.
DIY Holiday Hostess Gift Basket Handpainted Grain Sack Stripes
And to pull the whole beverage theme together I used part of this Homestead Blend Coffee Stencil and this Christmas Blend Hot Cocoa Stencil (not affiliate links) with the same white chalk paint.
DIY Holiday Hostess Gift Basket Stenciled
Once the paint was dry I lightly sanded the stencil to give it an aged patina and brushed Dixie Belle Black Wax over the entire basket, leaving it heavier in and around the corners with my favorite round brush.
DIY Holiday Hostess Gift Basket Handpainted And Stenciled
I think any hostess would appreciate the handmade and handpicked sentiment of this holiday hostess gift, don't you agree?
DIY Handpainted Basket With Handpicked Goodies For That Special Holiday Hostess Gift

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