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post #1 of 28
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Ok, besides flower pots and chinese take out looking craft containers and mugs, does anyone have a low cost idea for a base? I have 5 coming up, school related ones and sports themed ones, but I'm sick of using the old standbys, and don't want something that costs over a dollar.
post #2 of 28
Maybe you could go to the dollar store near you and wander the aisles. I've done that before and come up with some cool plates and glasses to use for cakes and such. Nothing specific is coming to mind right now.
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post #3 of 28
check out your local dollar tree. i have gotten some nice baskets from them. they also have clear glass containers. you can fill the glass container with the shredded paper or easter grass to hide the floral foam.....
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post #4 of 28
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I've found some good things at the dollar tree before, and like the clear glass container idea... maybe they have some metal pails or something. I'm just tired of the same ol' same old!
post #5 of 28
I've used small decorative gift bags fitted with a block of styrofoam, but trying to weight them so they didn't fall over was difficult.
post #6 of 28
I have no idea what they cost but saw this idea on a Hobby Lobby idea sheet...buy one of those plain metal empty paint cans like at Home Depot and cover it with scrapbook paper. You could really coordinate colors then! Again, don't know the cost though.
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post #7 of 28
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bakinccc, I love your cookies! Most of your pics show no sticks, so I'm assuming you dont' use them for cookie bouquets. How do you use/package/gift your cookies, do you do up a plate for people or something? That's what I usually do for Christmas, but at other times do bouquets.
post #8 of 28
Try finding discount toothbrush holders. The holes are already there, and they do come in all kinds of styles. The kid ones should have a sports theme.
post #9 of 28
I always weight a basket with plaster of paris and stick a piece of green florist's styrofoam down in it. Works great.
post #10 of 28
I find a lot of deals in the dollar section at Target. You can often find things that are coordinated to the season. HTH
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post #11 of 28
mjnj - can you tell me how you do the plaster of paris thing? Where do you buy it? Do you pour it into each different container because they're all different sizes or do you make up generic "pucks" to use in any size container. What do you put in the container first to protect it from the liquid plaster of paris?

I've always been curious about doing this so if you could help me I'd reeeeeeeeeeeally appreciate it!!

Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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post #12 of 28
eieio1234 - I'm glad you liked my cookies. I do quite a few bouquets actually, but also do a lot of individually packaged cookies too. Most of my christmas ones are layered and packaged in a disposable aluminum tray because people want to put them out on their own decorative serving pieces.
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post #13 of 28
Where do you all buy your styrofoam? I use tin buckets for a lot of my bouquets and find the styrofoam balls cost a lot of money. Especially when people throw them away. I too buy bases at the dollar store. I only use tin pails or after easter I buy baskets at Target after they go down 75- 90% off. The dollar section at Target also has a lot of cute seasonaly items you can use as bases.
post #14 of 28
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Where do you all buy your styrofoam? I use tin buckets for a lot of my bouquets and find the styrofoam balls cost a lot of money.



Try using the green floral foam instead of styrofoam. They're definitely much cheaper and they come in bricks of different sizes. They are very easy to trim to the shape of the container by using a steak knife (do the trimming outside if you can, or you'll have green dust everywhere!). You can also recycle your tin cans or the containers that pre-made frosting comes in (like Betty Crocker or Pillsbury). Use spray adhesive to cover the cans with wallpaper, scrapbook paper, or wrapping paper.
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post #15 of 28
I find that by using styrofoam balls the bouquets show more height and dimension. I don't have to worry about the height of the stick because of the of the curve of the ball. THey also don't tip or need weighted because of the stymmetry of the ball. I just can't find styrofoam balls inexpensively. This has been a big problem for me as far as expense.
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