If you want to make your Dad happy, might I suggest making this Jerky Gift Basket for Father’s Day? It’s a really simple project, and I’ll show you how to make it step by step below. Use the free printable sign to make it a cute Father’s Day gift idea any dad will love!
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It can be tough to know what to get your Dad for Father’s Day. I wish I had the budget of Bill Gates so I could get him what he deserves, but alas I don’t, so I have to get creative. All the men in my life love jerky, so I wanted to come up with a fun way to give jerky as a gift for Father’s Day, without just handing them a gift bag full of it. This Jerky Gift Basket is what I came up with, and uses this cute printable sign you can get HERE.
How to Make a Jerky Gift Basket
You will need:
Step 1: Attach the foam to the crate.
Use hot glue to attach your floral foam to the bottom of the wooden crate. I used two small blocks I got at Walmart, and just hot glued them next to each other in the middle of the wooden crate. I used the smallest size wooden crate Walmart sells, which was like 4″ tall and 12″ wide, but you could use any small wooden crate to achieve the same look. Keep in mind that the printable sign, if you plan on using it, it 4″ tall and 6″ wide.
Step 2: Add the paper shred.
The cheapest place to find paper shred is at the dollar store. You can also buy it at Hobby Lobby, Mardel, Michael’s etc, but it will be more expensive there. Use a whole bag and fill the wooden crate with the paper shred to cover the floral foam. Tuck it around the edges of the floral foam too, since you can see through the wooden slats on the crate.
Step 3: Attach the wooden skewers to the jerky.
Use hot glue to attach bamboo skewer sticks to the back of your jerky. I used two sticks for a bigger bag like this, and just one stick for all the other pieces of jerky in the Jerky Gift Basket. Hot glue the skewers for almost the whole length of the package to give it as much stability as possible. Let them dry completely before arranging it in your gift basket.
Step 4: Print the sign.
Print out the free printable Jerky Gift Basket sign to add to the crate. Print these on cardstock and not just regular paper. They print two to a page, so in case you need more than one, or mess one of them up, you have another.
Step 5: Attach the sign to the crate.
I used hot glue to attach my sign to the front of the wooden crate. The saying is cheesy, but all the best dad jokes are – and when is a dad joke more appropriate than on Father’s Day?!
Step 5: Arrange the jerky in the Jerky Gift Basket.
Arrange the jerky with the biggest and tallest packages in the back, and work your way forward with smaller pieces. I put the bigger bag in the back, and fanned out some taller pieces around it. Then I added the smaller pieces as filler in the front and I like how it turned out! The beauty of using the floral foam and bamboo skewers is that if you don’t like how it looks, you can move things around. Odd numbers of things arrange more pleasing to the eye than even numbers do, so keep that in mind as you arrange.
Now that you know how simple this Jerky Gift Basket is to make, you can make this impressive display yourself to give your Dad (or an awesome Dad in your life) this Father’s Day! You could also leave off the printable sign and give it as a gift for just about anyone for any occasion!