How to pack a packed basket: 9 steps (with pictures)

How to pack a packed basket: 9 steps (with pictures)
How to pack a packed basket: 9 steps (with pictures)

Wrapping a package is hard enough, but packing a basket? Hard hard ! Oval, round or hexagonal, it can quickly become a nightmare. However, if you have cellophane and duct tape handy, you might be surprised at what you are capable of.


Part 1 of 3: Prepare

Wrap at Basket Step 1

Step 1. Gather all the necessary materials

Once your basket is nicely filled, it's time to pack it. Objects can protrude from the basket, but slightly. The size and shape of the basket will not be an obstacle. Here's what you'll need:

  • a stocked basket,
  • printed cellophane, stretch film or a gift basket (which will triple the volume of the basket),
  • transparent adhesive tape,
  • scissors,
  • ties for plastic bags, pipe cleaners or some other device to tighten and close the cellophane,
  • a ribbon,
  • decorative tape (optional).
Wrap at Basket Step 2

Step 2. Unroll the cellophane on the table and place the basket in the middle

Spread the cellophane on a work surface and place the basket in the center. Cellophane should protrude evenly from all sides of the basket. If this one is really huge, you will need to place another sheet of cellophane horizontally under the basket.

Once again, the cellophane should protrude on each side, it should be centered on the right and left as well as in front and behind

Wrap at Basket Step 3

Step 3. Center the basket so that about 30 cm of cellophane protrudes from the front and back

There will probably only be a few inches left on the sides, but that's not a problem. Regarding the front and back of the basket, on the other hand, make sure that the cellophane protrudes 30 cm on each side. This way you will have enough to wrap the front and back and you can even crumple the cellophane on the top nicely.

  • Once you've taken the measurements, cut the cellophane (or whatever material you want) to the size you want. Once again, if your basket is very large, cut out a second sheet of the same size to cover the sides.
  • Make sure all four sides of the basket are even. Close the cellophane edge to edge to make sure and readjust if necessary.

Part 2 of 3: wrap the basket nicely

Wrap at Basket Step 4

Step 1. Lift up the long sides of the cellophane and fold up the short sides

Lift up the cellophane on the front and back of the basket, pressing them against it. The cellophane should completely cover the front and back of the basket and meet at the sides at the top of the basket. The sides then emerge in points.

  • Then take the cellophane which still touches the worktop, on the sides, holding it in the middle. You should get two flaps protruding from each side. Do this on either side of the basket.
  • You can also, if you prefer, pull the cellophane over the sides. Pull down well and you will see just a little overlap where the cellophane from the front and back of the basket meet. Then you just have to glue the sides under the basket with adhesive tape.
Wrap at Basket Step 5

Step 2. Fold the edges of the cellophane that wraps the front of the basket to the back and the edges of the cellophane from behind to the front

Then locate the two flaps created on each side when you folded the cellophane over the edges. Mark the crease at the bottom of the basket as you would wrap a standard rectangular package and then bring them back to the center, the back ones first. Then fold the front flaps over the back flaps. The folds should form a V.

Secure the pieces you folded up last, normally the front flaps, with duct tape. You can also use transparent, decorated or double-sided tape. Cut pieces of adhesive tape of about 5 cm

Wrap at Basket Step 6

Step 3. Take the cellophane at the top of the basket between your hands and pull so that it is taut

Now is the time to start creating the avalanche of frills at the top of the basket. For now, the cellophane is neatly folded and fixed around the basket and erected above it. Grab the cellophane at the top of the basket, right in the center, and squeeze it between your hands to close it tight.

Hold the cellophane in one hand and “tousle it” with the other. Stretch the edges so that they are nicely arranged, symmetrically

Part 3 of 3: add the tape and do the finishing touches

Wrap at Basket Step 7

Step 1. Close the package

Use a plastic bag tie (like on freezer bags) or a pipe cleaner where you squeeze it with your hand. You can use whatever you want to hold the package closed, as you will be able to remove it once the ribbon is in place.

You can also use duct tape, but in this case you will not be able to remove it

Wrap at Basket Step 8

Step 2. Tie a ribbon around the closure of the package

A stocked basket is not complete without its knot! Place yours around the tight part of the package at the top of the basket. Wrap the ribbon twice for extra strength and place the knot in the front of the basket.

You can now, if you wish, remove the tie or the pipe cleaner. The ribbon is now sufficient to keep the package closed

Wrap at Basket Step 9

Step 3. Fold over and hold with a piece of tape any unsightly points

This is often the case with oval baskets. If the cellophane forms small spikes at the bottom of the basket (this is often the case with round baskets), fold them down and tape them if possible. Whenever possible, the tape should be under the basket and not on the sides.

  • Adjust the volume and creases at the top of the basket. Your basket is ready and packed. If you used stretch wrap, it can even be delivered by mail.
  • Do you need to place a label? The best place to tie it is on the ribbon or around the closure of the package.

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