Love those orange paper fans! Look like pumpkins, but more sophisticated.
How else could these paper fans be used in a tablescape?
Image: Amy Atlas Events
Love those orange paper fans! Look like pumpkins, but more sophisticated.
How else could these paper fans be used in a tablescape?
Image: Amy Atlas Events
After completing the series, "Flowers and Gift Wrapping" a couple of other things came to mind. So I wrote this post so I could tell you about them.
In case you missed it, our 4 Part series, "Flowers and Gift Wrapping" begins here with "How to Gift Wrap Elegantly."
Fake Flower Tip: Follow-up on "How To Fool People With Fake Flowers"
Flowers Not Available?
Let's say the flower you want to use for an arrangement is out of season or unavailable at a reasonable price. Buy a realistic fake flower and combine it with real flowers and foliage.
If you decide to use a few blue roses though, you're on your own. I can't help you. They will never look real.
Place the fake flowers into your arrangement where they won't be noticed right away. If you do this well no one may ever know. Except me of course, but I promise not to tell.
Tutorial: Follow-up on "How To Make Flowers For Gift Wrapping
Want to learn how to make these beautiful rustic though elegant flowers and/or pillow? Read Debbie's post, "A Tutorial: Pottery Barn Inspired Frenchy Pillow, on her blog Confessions of a Plate Addict.
That's it for now. Let me know if I missed anything else.
How To Make Flowers For Gift Wrapping
I hope you've been inspired to begin embellishing your gift packages with flowers. If you're a pro, I hope you've discovered some new techniques.
I've tried to give you as many links to how to make flower tutorials as I could. I'm sure I left some great ones out. My true passion is delighting people with real flowers at Fly Me To The Moon Florists. Now there, I leave nothing out!
So here are links to some flower-making tutorials. I hope you'll find helpful:
Paper Flower Tutorials
Here's a link where you'll find 45 different paper flower tutorials "How to Make Beautiful Paper Flowers"
Image: The White Bench
Hope you enjoyed this series, "Flowers and Gift Wrapping."
If you've got a little space you may want to set up a gift wrapping section in your home. I don't have the room. But I might incorporate a few of these ideas to keep my gift wrapping stuff under control.
Here's a great link from Kate of Centsational Girl blog for some wonderful ideas for storing your elegant gift wrapping supplies.
How have you been decorating your wrapped gifts?
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.
Why Gift Wrap Elegantly?
"We all know that wrapping a gift prettily is not a necessity. It is merely a small, but thoughtful, gesture that can add to someones enjoyment of a special occasion.
It's a chance to display a bit of our creativity as well. So relax, have some fun, and get pleasure out of your efforts - the nicest gift of all." Carolyne Roehm
I was inspired to write this series on Flowers and Gift Wrapping by a book written by Carolyne Roehm called, Presentations: A Passion for Gift Wrapping.
I've seen this book many times. But when I saw it at the library today something told me to borrow it. So I did.
By the time I walked up the hill to the shop, I had already outlined the blog series in my head.
Flowers and Gift Wrapping
Part 1 How To Gift Wrap Elegantly
Part 2 How to Gift Wrap Using Fresh Flowers
Part 3 How To Gift Wrap Using Fake Flowers
Part 4: How To Make Flowers for Gift Wrapping
How To Gift Wrap Elegantly
The paper above fits none of the criteria. But it is simple and elegant. Brown kraft paper, white, black and your favorite colors are a good start. You can even use newspaper to wrap your gifts. One of my favorites is that peachy colored N.Y. newspaper.
Some stores sell decorative wrapping paper by the sheet. You can also use scrapbooking paper for small items.
Generally speaking, the simpler the paper the more elegant the gift. You may quote me on that! LOL!
Fabric - I've used scarves and pieces of unique fabric to wrap odd shaped items. The wrapping actually becomes part of the gift. This gift is wrapped in felt cut to look like a pocketbook. How clever!
Ribbon - When possible use real ribbon. I mean ribbon made out of fabric like satin, velvet, grosgrain etc. That satin acetate ribbon, that feels more like paper than ribbon, looks cheap and is hard to tie into a nice bow.
Buy real ribbon at fabric stores or craft stores. Michael's usually has spools of real ribbon at the front of the store for one dollar. Select colors and patterns that will go with your wrapping paper.
Buy ribbon that is between 7/8 of an inch wide - 1.5 inches wide or wider if you like. You can buy solids, stripes, polka dots, etc.
Ribbon in natural and muted colors looks elegant. You can buy the neon pink for that special someone, but I wouldn't make it a habit if you want a sophisticated look.
Flowers - Fresh or nice fake flowers add a real touch of class to a gift. Parts 2 and 3 of this series will discuss how to incorporate flowers into your gift wrapping. To discover how to select realistic fake flowers read "How To Fool People With Fake Flowers" here.
Embellishments - You can add other little items to the outside of your gift such as miniature wooden spoons for a cookbook, beads, holiday ornaments, whatever you like. Just don't overdo it.
So these are the basics of elegant gift wrapping. Read Part 2: "How To Gift Wrap Using Fresh Flowers"
It will discuss how to include fresh flowers in your gift wrapping for special or not so special occasions.
Here are a some nice gift wrapping blogs:
What was the most unusually wrapped gift you ever gave someone?
Flower Pen at Fly Me To The Moon Florists
We get lots of compliments each week about the pen we have at our register. It's just a simple flower pen. I threw it together so customers would have something interesting to use to sign cards and credit card receipts.
Most people think it's a real flower. I just love seeing my male customers pick up this dainty little pen.
Flower pens make great party favors, teachers gifts and crafts for kids.
How To Make A Flower Pen
They're really easy to make. And don't require a lot of materials. Here's a link to a video called "How to Make A Flower Pen".
Here's what's called a flower pen "bouquet." It's actually a flower pen arrangement, but I won't tell anyone if you don't.
Flower Pen Tips
The more sophisticated the fake flowers, I mean permanent botanicals are, the better your flower pens will look.
Wrap the flower pens all the way down to the pen tip with green floral tape. Some tutorials leave room at the bottom so you can put the pen cap back on. But once the pen is totally wrapped the pen doesn't dry out. The first one I made lasted 2 years.
Look for flower bunches that have 5 or more flowers on each stem. You can make a lot more flower pens for less.
You can find flowers at craft stores. But be on the look out for nice ones at dollar stores.
You'll need either wire cutters or a pair of scissors you don't care about. Cutting the stems with your good scissors will ruin them. Some times, if the wire isn't too thick, you can just cut the plastic wire coating then crease and bend the wire back and forth until it breaks.
Some tutorials instruct you to remove the pen "stopper," you know that piece that keeps the air out on the top of the pen. Then remove the top of the flower from the stem (it just pulls off) then hot glue it into the hole. I've never done it that way though.
Flower Pen Tutorials
So go ahead! Make some flower pens and let me know how they turn out.
Fall is a great time to make these because fall flower colors are so beautiful/
When I think of doilies, I picture the paper ones I sometimes use when I entertain. I place them under pastries and hors d'oeuvres. You can probably use them to display flowers too. But this post is about crocheted doilies.
There's a delightful new online magazine called Gatherings. Heather Spriggs Thompson, an artist and sylist, is the creative genius behind this new venture.
In her article, "Doily Delights", there's a great tutorial on how to make elegant yet unusual party favors using crocheted doilies.
Use them on tables for weddings, baby showers or as a topper on a fancy gift. The possibilities are endless.
Check out Gatherings and let me know what you think.
Green Easter Basket
This has got to be the most beautiful Easter basket I have ever seen. Why? Because it's green. My favorite color. It's the most perfect shade. and look at those elegant ribbons.
This lovely Easter basket, created by Hannah Milman for Martha Stewart is simply superb.
The foliage. The beautifully dyed Easter eggs. And last but not least, the stately chocolate bunny wearing a matching bow. What's not to love?
Child's Easter Basket
This adorable Easter basket may actually be a pale blue check, but as far as I can tell it's pale green. It appears to be wearing a buttoned up skirt. Love that detail.
The baby chicks, and bunny nestled in the felt straw are so sweet. This is a great Easter basket for a child. The idea can also be adapted for a baby shower gift.
Rustic Easter Basket
This basket is probably a rustic metal. It may or may not be green, but work with me people. It's filled with moss and hosta plants. The miniature blue Easter eggs add just the right touch of color.
How To Get The Look:
You can make Easter baskets very similar to these by:
Here's my vintage metal Easter Basket. I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to paint it a lovely shade of green and include it in this post. How do you think I should do it up for Easter?
Images: Hannah Milman Easter Basket
This is Part 3 in a series on Paper Flowers. You can read Part 1 and
Part 2 here.
In Part 1, I showed you different ways paper flowers could be used. Special events and home decor are great places to incorporate them. But, I bet you can think of others. How about as the topping on a beautifully wrapped gift?
Part 2 was all about tissue paper flowers. You probably remember them from when you were growing up. They've gotten a lot more sophisticated though.
This final, post in the series, is about making paper flowers yourself.
You won't find tutorials on every flower you've seen. But you'll find more than enough to keep you busy.
You'll find a wonderful tutorial on making a tissue paper flower into a minimalist flower arrangement on 36th Street Events blog. You can do something simlar with many of the paper flowers you've seen in this series.
At tipnut.com you will find over 45 free tutorials for making various types of paper flowers. You can learn how to make flowers out of plain, recycled, crepe, magazine, tissue, origami, boiled, construction, decorative and parchment paper.
Happy flower making! Don't forget to sweep up the scraps!
What kind of paper flowers have you made?
Please send me pictures of any paper flowers you've made either from this series or on your own. You can e-mail them to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll do a follow up post and show any pictures I receive.
Website: Fly Me To The Moon Florists
This is Part 2 in our paper flower series. You can read Part 1 here.
Tissue paper flowers. You probably made them in school when you were a kid. All you needed was some tissue paper, pipe cleaners and a pair of scissors. With these items in hand, you could have made a field of flowers.
Though you still use those same supplies, I've got to tell you. Tissue paper flowers have come a long way. Just take a look at some of the pictures in this post.
Can you believe this beautiful boutonniere is made out of tissue paper? It's certainly not your granddaddy's boutonniere. It's elegant and unusual! It looks a whole lot harder than the ones I make at the shop though!
Love this mixed tissue paper flower arrangement. The decorative can enhances the centerpiece. If using this at an event, fill the can with sand, stones or pennies to help hold the blooms in place. Or you can create a grid on the top of the can with scotch tape.
Craft Stylish offers a tutorial on making the flowers above. The "sculpted" petals on these make them look less paper flowerish. If you know what I mean.
The next post in this series, will give you lots of links where you can learn how to make paper flowers. Can't wait for you to see it!
Which one of the tissue paper flowers is your favorite?