Welcome Guests Basket

7 Feb

My husband’s brother, his wife and baby came to stay with us this weekend. The men attended the Waste Management Open while us women and babies stayed home and relaxed. I’ve had 3 guests come and stay in my new (to me) home now, but with these guys I finally felt like I was settled in enough to enjoy company. I decided to put together a welcome basket for the guest bathroom. I realize afterwards though that my basket was a littttle too big. But you’ll get the idea.

I started with the idea to make a cute sign to accompany the basket of goodies. I found this design on Silhouette:

The idea behind it is cute, but for some reason my Cameo went crazy during cutting (yes, I was using the cutting mat even) and my “accordion lolli” was ruined. I attempted 3 more times but each time, my cameo rollers didn’t hold the cutting mat firm enough and the page started turning with each cut. It was very frustrating. Rather than waste any more paper, I decided to work with what I had.

I glued together what I could with what I had cut, trying as best I could to make the circle complete. Then, used the round cut out from the design to kind of hold it all together:

Next, I changed out my Cameo Blade for a marker (by the way, I found these tiny markers on sale, 120 for $4 at Borders when they were closing. They fit the attachment from my Silhouette. Score!) and did a test run for my words “welcome guests”.

Using the cardstock I used as a test, I taped my scrapbook tag to the exact spot, and ran the cameo again.

The font I used for “Welcome Guests” is called “Just Another Font” and I downloaded it free from dafont.com
After gluing it to the center of my accordion lolli, I also glued on a Popsicle stick.

I grabbed my empty basket, covered the bottom with shredded decor paper, rolled a hand towel and stuck my lolli in it.

I bought some trial size toiletries and shampoo and conditioner for my guests. See how empty it looks? I should have grabbed more. Oh well. You live you learn. I never claimed to be Martha 🙂

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6 Responses to “Welcome Guests Basket”

  1. Goings on at the Glenn's February 8, 2012 at 12:55 am #

    great idea. My in-laws are coming up this weekend and it would be fun to put together a basket for them. Thanks for the idea

  2. Jenn February 8, 2012 at 4:43 am #

    that is a really great idea, one day I will have a guest bath for when guests come!

    Thanks for linking up!

  3. marissa February 8, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    how clever what a great host you are I would love you to add this and any other posts you want to show off to my What We Wore and Made party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com/search/label/WWWMW

  4. Tales of a Trophy WIfe February 9, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    Adorable! I’m sure it makes your guest feel very welcome.

  5. Alison @ Oopsey Daisy February 14, 2012 at 5:12 am #

    Such a clever idea!! I need to be a better host! 🙂 Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  6. Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com February 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    AMAZING! This turned out FABULOUS! Thanks for sharing at my party!!! Happy Valentine’s Day!!! XO, Aimee

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