As you may have guessed, I love flowers!! They’re the inspiration for many of my travels, and they’re also my favorite photography subject. So it may come as no surprise that I also love using flowers for gift wrapping! I mentioned in my post on eco-friendly holiday gift wrapping that flowers, leaves, and berries are great alternatives to traditional one-time-use gift decorations such as plastic bows. Today, I’ll show with you how easy and fun it is to start gift wrapping with flowers and leaves and share some examples with you as well.
The best part is that these work for all gifting occasions, not just Christmas! An added bonus is that you get to work with pretty flowers and leaves. What can be better?
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Sources of Flowers and Leaves
Some possible sources for all-natural gift toppers include:
- backyard if you have one
- neighborhood trees
- neighbors/friends with gardens
- grocery store plants section (I get most of my houseplants and cut flowers from Trader Joe’s!)
- flowers that you previously dried, such as lavender (make sure to read my post on How to Harvest and Dry Lavender!)
The tray above shows some of the materials that I found inside my home, in my backyard, and in my neighborhood: leaves from a houseplant, small lemons, kumquat, fruit from a dogwood tree, red berries from a neighborhood sidewalk tree, a baby rose, lavender that I had dried from earlier in the year, and neighborhood tree leaves.
Tip – Flatten thin leaves under a book or tray overnight or longer so that they don’t curl up as they dry throughout the day.
Wrapping Your Gifts
To start your gift wrapping, I recommend using solid colored kraft paper or colored drawing paper, which make a great “canvas” for your beautiful toppers. They’re also recyclable or even compostable! Ikea also has an economical roll of children’s drawing paper that works great for gift wrapping also.
Tie your gift with a re-usable ribbon. I have a whole collection saved from past gifts, department store purchases, and ones I purchased from Joann’s, Michaels or Amazon.
Now for the fun part – start arranging your materials on your gift! This is where you can use your creativity to create your work of art! It can be as simple as inserting a few stems of fresh or dried flowers, or you can layer on a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors for a striking combination.
Use a bit of tape to hold them in place if needed. Make sure they are removed when composting the flowers and leaves afterwards! They can be recycled along with the paper, or placed in the trash bin.
Tips for Using Flowers + Leaves for Gift Wrapping
- Flatten thin leaves under a book or tray overnight or longer so that they don’t curl up as they dry throughout the day.
- Or, choose sturdy leaves that will retain it’s shape and color for a few days. The leaves from my “ZZ” houseplant (from Trader Joe’s) are thick, glossy and perfect.
- For flowers, also choose sturdier ones unless you’re preparing and presenting them soon. Carnations are a good option and are usually inexpensive to buy at the grocery store.
- You can use more delicate flowers such as roses or orchids if you’re able to prepare and present them soon afterward. Otherwise, the flowers may wilt or become damaged (see tip below on keeping them fresh).
- Including the stem will make flowers more sturdy and easier to place into the ribbon or string.
Keeping Flowers Fresh
To keep cut flower decorations fresh, you can put them in the refrigerator if you’re preparing them ahead of time. You can tie small bundles together as toppings, then wrap them loosely in a damp paper towel and cover with a plastic container or bag. This should keep them fresh for a few days.
Perks of Gift Wrapping with Flowers + Leaves
In addition to creating and presenting beautifully wrapped gifts with colorful flowers and leaves, there are many other advantages to using natural elements to decorate your gifts!
- Brings joy – flowers and nature make people happy!
- Uses pieces of nature instead of mass-produced decorations
- (often) free
- Utilizes and showcases the beauty of nature – the colors, shapes, textures of plants are all so beautiful and fascinating!
- Gathering materials will involve being near plants vs a crowded store
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