One of my regular readers made a helpful suggestion last week. She wrote to me to say she needed some ideas for flowers arranged in baskets. I was glad that Clarinda mentioned that kind of container. It gave me the motivation to search for some old gift baskets that have been given to me through the years. I finally rounded a few of them up and started brainstorming, right away.
I remember getting some English Ivy in the small, square, tan basket several years ago. When it outgrew the basket, I transplanted the ivy to a hanging planter and stashed away the basket. For its revived form, I kept a simple, clean design. Light shades of primary colors are the focus of the composition.
One year, a friend thoughtfully put together a May Basket full of homemade cookies, candies and jams. The white container triggers fond memories of that May Day. The idea of putting together a sampler of different shapes, colors and forms was a natural. I just kept adding a flower or bunch of leaves here and there until the arrangement just intuitively came together.
The gift of a bottle of Kahlua liqueur, coffee samplers and chocolates arrived in the dark tan basket. Until I get a refill of the goodies, I put together some peach colored blooms as place holders. The tones work well together.
I sure hope these photos give you some starter ideas for your own basket recycling projects.
The Blue Jay of Happiness notes that you can combine flowers and edible treats in the same basket to create a thoughtful gift.