Cellophane, Shrink Wrap, and More
Choosing cellophane, shrink wrap, or other product choices to close your designs
is a matter of what you believe looks most attractive to you and the
person who'll receive your gift. Itís also dependent on other factors, such
Clients. Depending on the
person or organization, one wrapping method may be considered as
expensive while another
is considered basic.
Major metropolitan area residents and workers may know more about wrapping materials
than rural areas, but that's not a bad thing.
People living in sparsely-populated regions will love your gift
baskets no matter which wrap you choose.
Shrink wrap may be seen, by some, as a product used mainly in
commercial settings such as supermarkets and specialty stores.
Others see cellophane as a cheap wrap used by hobbyists and other
This page and the following page, which
details basket bags and shrink wrap, provide you with an overview of the
closure materials chosen by designers worldwide.
designers start and stay with cellophane because of its simplicity,
easy access from a variety of sources, and reliability to keep the
giftís contents enclosed without a tight grip.
Some may disagree with cellophane
being easy to use, as folding and closing the sides in a smooth manner is
not always simple. But with practice, you can masterfully control
cellophane and create a true work of art.
Cellophane, also known as cello, is
manufactured in sizes from 20 inches to 40 inches in width.
Most are sold in 100-foot rolls, but
some manufacturers specialize in 500-foot rolls. That
length will last for quite a while unless your production schedule
includes hundreds of baskets made weekly.
Youíll find cellophane in clear and
printed formats (flowers, fruit, birds, rice, palm leaves, etc.).
are also opaque and pastel colors, which are usually wrapped around
store Easter baskets. It's rarely, if ever, chosen by professional
designers and serious hobbyists.
Cellophane is sold by local floral
wholesalers, at gift and gourmet trade shows, and online through
Gauge, which is a number that
thickness and durability (the higher the gauge, the more heavy duty the
cello), is satisfactory when purchasing from these
wholesale suppliers, but cello found at craft retail stores is usually thinner,
which causes it to tear easily. This is why many designers only buy
from wholesale or commercial sources.
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