A Guide to Wrapping a Plant and Adding Fresh Greenery to Gifts
A houseplant as a Christmas gift can be thoughtful and long-lasting, but it can also be challenging to gift wrap. After all, a plant is a living thing that needs access to oxygen, can have leaves that are easily damaged, and soil from its nursery pot can cause a spill.
Still, you’d like to dress your houseplant gift up in festive style when swapping presents, which is where this guide comes in! We’ll share creative ideas on how to gift wrap your houseplant, and also how to integrate fresh holiday-themed greenery to make your gift truly unique and memorable.
1. Wrap the Houseplant in Burlap and Twine
If you’re an avid gardener, you might already have some burlap lying around that you can repurpose into wrapping your green gift. Burlap is a great choice because it’s inexpensive, biodegradable, and can also be reused to keep garden plants snug in the wintertime.
Cut the burlap into a large square, and put the houseplant in the centre. Next, fold the edges of the burlap up and around the pot, securing it with twine by tying into a bow. There’s no need to worry about tucking in the raw edges, as it contributes to a more rustic look.
2. Wrap the Houseplant Pot with Paper
Besides burlap, another decorative option to wrap your houseplant in is festive wrapping paper. Brown florist paper is also another option, and it comes in a variety of delightful patterns.
Start by cutting the paper into a large square, place the plant in the centre, and use hot glue to secure two of the opposing sides to the top of the pot. Pull up the remaining two corners and glue them to the top of the pot as well. Fold in the loose edges of the paper and tuck them in, like you would when wrapping a gift, then tape or glue to secure.
3. ‘Wrap’ the Houseplant in an Open Box
Another option is to nestle your houseplant gift in tissue paper, and cover the base of it in an open box. First up, pre-decorate or wrap the box in the festive wrapping paper of your choice. Then, place the plant in the centre of the box and secure it with balls of crumpled magazine or newspaper pages. Finally, tuck in the tissue paper with a matching colour scheme to your box, and fan out the sheets to conceal the plastic nursery pot.
Guide to Adding Fresh Greenery to Your Gift
To add a festive flair to your gift, why not integrate fresh greenery to your wrapped houseplant! From pinecones and evergreen branches, to twigs of bright red Christmas berries, you’ll create instant holiday cheer with these natural additions.
Here are a few creative tips when incorporating fresh greenery:
1. Be a Minimalist
When adding greenery to your gift, a little can go a long way. To keep it simple, tuck in a single sprig of evergreen or a branch of Christmas berries for that pop of red. Another option is to glue several magnolia leaves to the outside of the wrapping paper, alternating between showing the green tops or the more dramatic bronze undersides.
2. Go Big or Go Home
If you’d like to achieve a fuller effect, try combining a few natural elements in a small arrangement and add it to your gift. For example, pull together a sprig of greenery, magnolia leaves, and pinecones, and bind them together with twine or floral wire.
Either hot glue your composition to the side of your wrapped houseplant, or tuck it into the open box amongst the tissue paper.
3. Consider Adding Naturally-Fragrant Elements
Besides using fresh greenery to create a festive mood, you can also conjure up feelings of the holidays through natural fragrances.
A sprig of fresh juniper produces a woody scent from its branches and foliage, and a branch of cut eucalyptus releases a calming scent that opens up the sinuses. Besides fresh greenery, you could also try integrating something from your kitchen—a cinnamon stick, sprigs of rosemary, or even dried orange slices will definitely evoke a cozy holiday mood!
Come visit our family-run greenhouse in Abbotsford for poinsettias, fresh greenery, and more. Be sure to put our joyful Christmas market on your calendar for next year!