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Dress up the handles of 4-inch baskets to enhance Administrative Professionals Day gifts.


Four-inch-round willow baskets economically contain modest bouquets and small plants, making these designs perfect gifts for gracing the desks and cubicles of customers’ support staff. Taking the time to add a little flair to the basket handles will set your Administrative Professionals Day offerings apart from the rest, and arranging the materials low in the baskets will help keep the focus on the handle treatments, which is a twist from more common arrangements that obscure the handles and utilize them for support only.

 
A mounded basketful of carnations has double charm with a ring of Hypericum berries encircling it and a bow arranged in shoestring fashion on the handle. The bow is created with four loops, which is an ideal way to add bulk to the thin ribbon, and it is placed off-center for an asymmetrical presentation. A pronounced center knot is created by tying the bow to the handle with an additional length of ribbon.

HOW TO:
Make a four-loop bow with wire-edge ribbon. Tie the bow in the center with another length of ribbon, and tie the bow onto the basket handle with that same piece of ribbon. Curl the ribbon tails around the basket handle.






 



 

A mounded basketful of carnations has double charm with a ring of Hypericum berries encircling it and a bow arranged in shoestring fashion on the handle. The bow is created with four loops, which is an ideal way to add bulk to the thin ribbon, and it is placed off-center for an asymmetrical presentation. A pronounced center knot is created by tying the bow to the handle with an additional length of ribbon.

HOW TO:
Place a dab of hot glue onto a basket handle where it connects to the basket, and press a piece of ribbon onto the glue. Wrap the handle with the ribbon, and secure it on the other side with another dab of hot glue.







 


 

An interesting handle treatment of broom (Genista) adds thickness and organic appeal to a basket filled with carnations and jessamine (Murraya) foliage. The broom is inserted into the floral foam at each side of the basket’s handle and attached to the handle using thin-gauge wire wrapped with a light-green stem wrap, which is curled at the ends to resemble tendrils. The carnations and jessamine foliage are arranged via the terracing method to create depth.

HOW TO:
Arrange stems of Genista into a floral-foam-filled basket where the handle joins the basket. Form the Genista to cover the handle, and secure it in place occasionally with pieces of taped wire. Curl the ends of the wire into “tendrils.”

MATERIALS:
ribbon from Morex Corp.; baskets, carnations, Gerberas, Hypericum, broom (Genista), ‘Charlotte’ roses, button spray chrysanthemums, sunflowers, jessamine (Murraya) foliage and ming fern from favorite suppliers.

 

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