27 September 2011

Birthday hamper

What do you do when a dear friend has a birthday and you have more time than money? You put together a little hamper, largely using what you have.

I like to theme things like this and my theme this time was Coca Cola colours - red, white and brown (she loves Coke). I also know that she loves red gingham. So this is what I came up with.

First up, I sewed a reversible apron as I knew she needed one:

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I folded it up and popped it into a jam jar ...

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... and added vintage-style labels:

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I bought a Coca Cola flavoured lip balm on eBay and made a little box for it:

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I made a vintage sign from pallet wood (I blanked their surname for privacy). The font is the same as the Coca Cola logo (the font is called Loki Cola):

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Little rusty tin figures to represent the members of their family:

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I also made some brown sugar body scrub and packaged it in a plastic honey jar:

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I also made some mini chocolate cookies ...

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... and some lemonade.

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To make her card I simply printed a vintage Coke ad on cardstock and folded it. She loved it and plans to frame it:

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Here it is - cracks me up!

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Here are all of the goodies.

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To package it all up I made a box out of cardboard ...

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... squished some paper into it ...

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I bought an absolutely enormous red and white tea-towel and laid it sideways across the box ...

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... nestled the goodies inside ...

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... and folded the tea-towel like this:

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And voila, one birthday hamper. I later slid the sign under the ribbon to include it:

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Verdict: she loved it! And I had a ball putting it together. Win!


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23 comments:

  1. oh wowo Jen, that looks great. I love the labels. Sing out if you need my birthday date lol

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  2. What a fun and thoughtful gift! Who wouldn't love to receive any of those items, and the presentation is impressive!

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  3. Aw Jen. Pleeeeeease be my friend? That is a great gift and so thoughtful of you. I have one friend who always buys her gifts and one who makes them all - guess which I like more? Jude.x

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  4. Hi Jen
    What a wonderful gift, I would be thrilled to receive this, can I ask how you done the labels, they are fab, I'm currently looking for something like this for Halloween.
    Thanks for sharing x

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  5. Thanks guys!
    The labels are here (along with some other label links):
    http://pinterest.com/jenmorris/printables/

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  6. What a fab gift Jen, so much thought went into it, no wonder she loved it so much :D xxx

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  7. oh my GOODNESS!! You could set up a business doing this stuff! Seriously! WOW!! PS Ruth's bday is Dec and if you make her cake it'll save me a job LOL

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  8. Absolutely brilliant! So much thought has gone into this gift. Well done!

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  9. VERY creative!!! Great job!

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  10. What a thoughtful, charming gift!

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  11. Aren't our tools today wonderful?!
    And aren't our brains wonderful?! I am thrilled to claim you as one of my own! You inspire me to more excellence.

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  12. What an awesome gift! Really thoughtful and creative! As always, really inspiring!

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  13. OMG...just love it!!!
    I'm Karina from Brazil...living in NZ for a few months!!!
    Could you post the recipes?
    :-)

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  14. You are an awesome friend!! Nothing like home made from the heart! Thanks for sharing. ps I signed up to follow you! Yay!

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  15. Okay... I planned to follow you but can't find how on your blog! I'll figure out a way!

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  16. I'm so embarrassed. When I commented I thought I was still on Jen Allyson's blog! I followed a link off her blog to yours. Your ideas are amazing for the homemade gifts. Love them. And your photos are incredible on your blog. Unfortunately I am more of a point and click kinda girl. I see you lived in England, I served my mission there and have lived there several times. Ok, still totally embarrassed! I hope you at least got a laugh at my confusion. :)

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  17. LOL I figured that out, which is why I didn't publish your comment ;) Don't be embarrassed! And thank you for the kind words.

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  18. I Love this idea!!!! Very creative with the labels!!

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  19. Can you post a link to the pattern for the reversible apron?

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    1. I just cut it from an apron I already owned, and I think I'd originally just made up that pattern based on my own body.

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