Gift Wrapping With Fresh Flowers
This is Part 2 of our series called, Flowers and Gift Wrapping. You may read Part 1 here.
How To Gift Wrap Using Fresh Flowers
Fresh flowers can add an elegant touch to your gift wrapping.
But fresh flowers won't last too long without a source of water. It's best to cut and place the flower on your package shortly before giving it to the recipient.
Traveling for an hour on a hot day before you give the gift? Use a fake flower instead. Nobody wants a gift with a wilted flower on it!
Here are 2 ways to wrap a gift using fresh flowers without having them wilt before the gift has been given:
I Use Flowers That Don't Wilt Quickly
Carnations, chrysanthemums and cymbidium orchids can last quite a while without water. If these fresh flowers have had the chance to drink lots of water before you place them on your gift, they'll still look great when you present the it.
II Use Any Kind of Flowers In Water Tubes
Florists and floral departments in craft stores, often carry little green tubes that hold water for fresh flowers.
Fill the tube with water, but not all the way to the top. Cut your fresh flower on an angle and stick it in the tube. Do this over a sink or the water may spurt out on your gift.
I would use this technique for a gift that can stand upright rather than one lying down. The water tubes sometimes leak. You don't want to ruin your gift wrapping and/or your gift trying to make it look pretty.
Add a piece of foliage to enhance the look of your flower if you like.
How to Cover The Water Tubes
You can cover the water tube with ribbon or use a bow with lots of loops to cover it. Play around with this until you get it right.
Wired ribbons make it easy to make a bow with lots of loops that will stay put. Here's a link to a video called, "How To Make Ribbon Loopy Bows"
How Many Flowers Should You Use?
You can either add a single flower stem or a nosegay which is a small cluster of flowers.
Single Flower Stem on Gift Technique
Cut the fresh flower stem 4 inches long. That's probably too long. But it's better to cut it too long at first than too short. Then just stick it under the ribbon near the bow.
If the flower has a stem that is very short, like a cymbidium orchid you can either tie it or wire it to the ribbon near the bow.
You can cut a 6 inch piece of wire and stick it through the stem of the cymbidium orchid just under the bloom. Twist the ends together a bit then wrap the ends around the ribbon to secure it to the package.
If you are totally lost with my directions or want to provide some water to your cymbidium orchids, then check out this link for a tutorial on wiring cymbidium orchids.
Nosegay on Gift Technique
Collect a bunch of small fresh flowers such as: spray roses, pom poms, mini carnations, etc. and a bit of foliage.
Arrange the flowers in an attractive bunch to create a nosegay. Learn how to wrap the stems with wire, then green floral tape here. Cut the stems to an appropriate length and stick them under the ribbon.
Now you know almost everything I know about wrapping gifts using fresh flowers.
Read Part 3 of this series "How to Gift Wrap Using Fake Flowers" in our next post.
Which fresh flowers would you use on a gift?
P.S. You can also use dried flowers on gifts.