I mentioned in my previous article 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. In this post, I’ll show you some more examples, provide some sourcing suggestions, and give you some tips on using flowers and plants for a beautiful, nature-inspired presentation. 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. 😊
For this simple DIY, all you need are:
- a variety of flowers, leaves, vines, fruit, berries, etc
- twine or reusable ribbon
- solid colored paper, such as kraft paper rolls, or colored paper drawing sheets
- clear or washi tape
Sources of Flowers and Leaves
Some possible sources for your DIY eco-friendly and beautiful nature-inspired 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
These are 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.
Tips for Using Flowers and Leaves for Gift Wrapping
- Layer a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors for a striking combination.
- A single stem of flowers such as orchids can also be striking.
- 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.
- 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 recycle along with the paper, or placed in the trash bin.
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.
Advantages and Perks of Gift Wrapping with Natural Elements
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
Supplies and Tools
Solid colored all-paper rolls are so versatile for all-purpose gift wrapping and can be found in many stores such as Target, Michael’s, Joann’s, or other arts and crafts store. Rolls of reusable ribbon can also be found at arts and crafts stores for a few dollars. Here are some gift wrapping supplies and tools available from Amazon.
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