Hampers have existed in various forms for centuries, from picnics and simple carrying baskets to the traditional Christmas hampers and gift baskets that exist today. The shape and size of a hamper depends on both its purpose and the person who made it, allowing plenty of opportunity for personalisation. Make your own hamper at home to add that extra level of personalisation to a gift or to brighten up a family outing with an extra special picnic basket.
Browse baskets and traditional hampers. Many colours, sizes and designs are available for both baskets and hampers, so you should be able to find one that is perfect for you with only a small amount of time spent browsing. A short, wide hamper may be ideal for holding a variety of wines and cheeses while a traditional picnic-style hamper with a lid is an excellent choice if the hamper will be carried around.
Cut a sponge to fit the bottom of the hamper using a craft knife. Place the sponge in the hamper to provide padding for the items you will hold in it. This reduces the chance of damage to the contents when the hamper is moved. Line the inside of the hamper with fabric to decorate it. Cut off any excess fabric with scissors or consider letting the fabric hang over the edges for further decoration.
Choose the food and drink that will go in the hamper. Ideally, these will complement the theme of the hamper, such as mince pies and sherry for a Christmas-themed hamper, or wine, cheese and fresh bread for a picnic theme. Alternatively, consider adding small gifts in the hamper if it is to be used to deliver presents. If the hamper is a gift hamper, add a card saying who it is to and who it is from.
When decorating the hamper, the limit is really your imagination. Adding some well chosen colours and shapes of fabric can complement the contents nicely. Similarly, ribbons and streams of paper decorating the edges of the hamper not only add decoration but, when positioned with care, can also add protection for the contents.
When working with scissors and craft knives, care should be taken to avoid harming yourself. Youngsters should pay particular attention when using a craft knife due to the extra sharpness compared with ordinary knives. Ideally, get a responsible adult to help.