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Victorian Tea Basket

I love to give these baskets for Bridal showers, Get Well gifts and Housewarmings! Actually they are wonderful gifts for any occasion and relatively inexpensive:)

If you have any stray baskets hanging around the house or find a discount store that has them (I also buy them at yard sales) it will cut down on the cost quite a bit! This particular basket is one of my favorites and is from "Fast and Fun Scrap Crafts" by House of White Birches. I modified it a little bit:)

Materials:

  • 7" round wicker basket

  • Shredded white tissue paper

  • English Breakfast Tea Bags

  • Scone Mix (recipe follows)

  • 1-pint glass jar with lid

  • 6" circle pretty floral fabric

  • 18" white gathered lace (I get my lace from remnant bins at fabric or retail stores)

  • Small amount fiberfill

  • 1 yard 1/4"-wide metallic gold-wired ribbon (Also a good remnant bin find!)

  • String pearls (yep! remnant bin again!)

  • Rubber band

  • Inexpensive floral teacup and saucer

  • Needle and thread

  • 4" x 7" parchment or other pretty paper

  • Teapot graphic printed out on cardstock

Scone Mix

1-1/2 C. white flour

2-1/4 tsp. baking powder

3 Tbsp. sugar

1/2 C. raisins

  1. Clean and dry jar and lid.

  2. Combine all ingredients for scone mix; spoon or pour into jar, tapping jar to settle ingredients. Ingredients will completely fill jar. Seal jar securely with lid.

  3. Sew lace to edge of fabric circle. Place fiberfill on top of jar lid; top with fabric circle and secure with rubber band.

  4. Cut 24" piece gold ribbon; tie around lid in a bow, concealing rubber band; do not trim ribbon tails.

  5. Copy the following instructions onto parchment:

Scones

Scone mix

1/3 C. margarine or butter

1 egg, beaten

1/4 C. half-and-half

Heat oven to 400. Pour scone mix into medium-size bowl. Cut butter into scone mix using a pastry blender or fork or by criss-crossing 2 case knives throughout mix, until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in beaten egg and half-and-half, stirring just until dough leaves sides of bowl. Add a bit more half-and-half, if needed.

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead lightly about 5 times. Pat into a rectangle about 1/2" thick. Use a sharp knife to cut the dough into triangles. (A biscuit cutter may also be used.) Place on un-greased baking sheet.

Bake scones 10-12 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from baking sheet and cool. Serve with butter and preserves.

  1. Roll parchment into scroll and secure with gold ribbon tied in a bow; trim ribbon tails.

  2. Cut out the teapot graphic from the card stock.

Fill bottom of basket with shredded tissue paper. Arrange scone mix, teacup and saucer, scroll with instructions, teabags and teapot graphic card. Coil long ribbon ends from scone jar around basket handles. Voila! You have a lovely gift:)

Hope you have enjoyed this craft project:)

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