Budget and Eco-Friendly Holidays
Using plants in gift wrapping is a great idea because the materials can be found around your yard or neighborhood, in your own home, and it's free! Cuts from shrubs, trees, and flowers can be used to make your gift look tailored to their recipient, while also doing a bit of mid-winter tidying up in the yard. Be sure you have permission from homeowners and landowners before your forage!
Or, do you have a friend who always admires your succulent indoor plants? You can cut off a stem from your plant that can be used as an accent to your gift wrapping, and the succulent can be replanted in a pot of soil as an extra gift! But when looking to plants that aren't yours, remember that responsible foraging applies to plant cuttings as well. Never snip without asking first!
Plants used in gift wrap can also be added to compost, to spare the trash can heaps of non-biodegradable materials.
4 Tips for Sustainable Gift Wrapping
There are many ways to personalize your gifts with foraged plants, there's no wrong way to do it. But Zenaida has some great tips for those who are gift wrapping with plants for the first time...
Begin your gift wrapping with paper you already have in your house. Open up your printer tray, or disassemble a paper bag!
Using a piece of ribbon or twine, she wraps the package several times to create a grid that she can secure her plant cuttings.
She first uses sturdy conifers that aren't too colorful to create a base layer, and then adds other cuttings like seed pods, pinecones or dried berries to accent the other greenery.
Using floral wire to secure bigger accents, like succulents or air plants, she finishes each present in a meaningful way that is catered to its recipient.
Plants and materials for gift wrapping with plants.
Bringing the Outdoors In for the Holidays
Gift wrapping with plants is a beautiful, thoughtful, affordable and sustainable way to bring more cheer and joy to a special occasion. We hope you'll enjoy bringing winter's beauty inside to share with those you love. Happy Holidays!
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