Mini Monets and Mommies: Share a Coke Summer Gift Baskets

Monday, May 11, 2015

Share a Coke Summer Gift Baskets

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Gift basket
Between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, I always feel swamped finding the ‘right’ gifts. While I’ll gladly let my husband shuttle our son off to the mall to pick out a present for me—I’m still in charge of one grandmother, two grandfathers and one husband/dad to shop for. After years of kind-of generic-seeming gifts, we’re trying something different this year. We’re making our own flower-filled gift baskets – to 'Share a Coke'!

“Sharing a Coke?” you ask. Yep, that’s what I said. My 13-year-old and I were doing our usual weekly trip to Giant Eagle, when he (again) begged me to buy soda. We’re usually I milk, juice and water house, but I do buy the occasional soda as a treat. Given that there were some special holidays coming up, we decided on the new “Share a Coke” mini-cans and bottles. Why? Along with bottles that come with actual names on them, these Coke’s also have cute little ‘names’ on them such as Dad, Mom, BFF, Love and much, much more. We picked out a few for grandma and a few for grandpa. This is the first year that my parents have been in town (and not traveling overseas) for both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. When I told my son about making a Coke-filled flower gift basket for grandma and grandpa, he was all in. Truthfully, I think he was hoping that they would share their Coke with him (after he shared it with them!).

Coke Drinks
First up was a Mother’s Day basket for grandma. My son dressed up the bottle and cans in paper flowers.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

·        Construction paper

·        Scissors

·        A marker

·        Tissue paper

·        A basket

·        Clear tape

Here’s What to Do:

1.     Draw a bumpy circle onto a piece of colorful paper.

2.     Cut the shape out.

Mother's Day

3.     Cut a spiral shape into the circle, starting at the outside and moving inward.

4.     Wrap the paper around the top of the bottle or can to create a flower bloom.

5.     Tape the ends of the flower.

6.     Optional:  Add another color on to make a two-toned flower.

7.     Fill the bottom and sides of the basket with tissue paper.

8.     Add the bouquet of Coke flowers.

Paper flowers
Grandma is super into gardening, so we crafted some pipe cleaner flower Coke’s.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

·        Pipe cleaners

·        Tissue paper

·        A basket

·        Optional: A potted plant

Here’s What to Do:

1.     Bend a pipe cleaner into a loop. Loosely tie it together at the end (you’ll need to untie it later, so don’t wind it too tightly).

2.     Wind another pipe cleaner around the first. Make a loop.

3.     Continue doing this to make loop-like flower petals. Add more pipe cleaner petals as you go.

4.     Untie the main loop.

5.     Fit the pipe cleaner around the Coke bottle’s neck (just under the cap).

6.     Tie the ends together.

Flower art
7.     Put the Coke flowers into a tissue filled basket.

8.     Optional: Add the faux flowers to some real ones. Fit them into a pretty potted planter!

Flower crafts
Now for dad/grandpa. We stayed with the garden theme, but made it a bit manlier.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

·        A box-style gift basket

·        Green tissue paper

·        Small potted seedlings (start these before Father’s Day- you can still give them to dad even if they haven’t sprouted yet).

·        Faux moss—You can find this at most craft stores.

·        Clear drying-school glue

·        Scissors

Here’s What to Do:

1.     Cut and glue the faux moss around the top edge of the gift box. We used a roll (it looks almost like ribbon), but you can use bulk faux moss instead.

2.     Fill the bottom with green tissue.

3.     Add in the potted seedlings.

4.     Place the ‘Share a Coke’ cans around the plants to show how your love for dad grows!

Kids' crafts

These Coke-themed flower gift baskets are sure to make memorable occasions. Mom and dad can plant the seedlings or save the paper and pipe cleaner flowers as keepsakes from these cute gifts.

Now that we’ve showed you how we shared Coke for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, let us know how you’ll create summer memories with your family? Add a comment below to tell us about your Mother’s day and Father’s Day plans!


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