A plant is a wonderful gift for just about any occasion. Most people do not wrap plants before presenting them as gifts, but they can be wrapped in creative and thoughtful ways. Plants are great gifts for party hosts and hostesses, teachers, neighbors and more. The wrapping adds to the beauty of each gift, and it can be as simple as burlap or as extravagant as embellished cellophane with vibrant satin ribbons.
Decades ago it was a common practice to give the host or hostess of a dinner party a simple but thoughtful gift. I still give gifts to those hosting holiday meals. I appreciate the time and effort it takes to hold large gatherings in the home. I usually give the host or hostess a gift of a plant or fresh cut flowers, but I have also given gifts of flowering trees and gift baskets filled with gourmet candy. My aunt loves African violets, and I have given her a few beautiful plants over the years. I always use creative ways to wrap plants, trees and even shrubs.
Wrap Potted Plants with Clear Punched Cellophane
A potted houseplant typically comes in a cheap plastic pot. It does nothing to enhance the natural beauty of the plant and it visually cheapens the gift. I usually purchase a wicker basket to hold a gift of a potted plant. To create a perfect fit, I stuff the sides with dried moss, and I cover the top as well. The moss helps the plant retain valuable moisture, but it also makes the gift appear more presentable and complete.
Next, I measure and cut a sheet of clear cellophane that will fit around the pot and foliage. I punch heart shaped holes in the cellophane to provide air for the plant. I carefully wrap the cellophane up and around the plant, and I top the gift with a beautiful bow. The gift appears well planned and much prettier with the basket, wrap and coordinating bow.
Use Burlap to Wrap the Base of a Potted Tree or Shrub
When I give the gift of a large potted plant, a tree or a shrub, I use burlap to wrap the plastic pot. It looks much better than the plastic. I have a wide roll of burlap material, and I cut it to size after placing the pot on the fabric. I secure the top of the burlap with natural jute twine, and I complete the gift with a paper twist bow. Even a potted tree can look amazing.
Wrap a Small Potted Tree or Shrub with Natural Dyed Cheesecloth
I enjoy using natural dye to color everything from Easter eggs to fabric, and I have used it to dye cheesecloth and wrap a gift of a potted plant. I crush overripe blueberries or vibrant flower petals using a mortar and pestle, and I create natural liquid dye with hot water. I soak the cheesecloth for several hours before removing it, and I squeeze out the water without twisting the fabric. I always let it dry naturally.
I gave my mother a gift of a potted plant and a small potted bush. I used punched cellophane to wrap the plant, and I used beautiful dyed cheesecloth to wrap the pot of a gorgeous light purple butterfly bush. The rich blue cheesecloth wrapped around the base of the pot and tied with a ribbed fabric ribbon was lovely. I attached a small homemade card to the ribbon to complete my mother’s gift. It was much prettier with the fabric and bow, and the gift received many compliments and comments from family and friends.
Source: Personal Crafting, Plant Care and Gardening Experience