Put down the bows and gift wrap because there is a new, prettier and more eco-friendly way to wrap your gifts. Fresh greenery is the perfect gift accessory, and I’d like to see more of it! Here are some of the best greenery for gift wrapping and how you can use it to decorate your gifts.
As much as I love the holidays, I hate the extravagance that comes with them. From fake Christmas trees and abundant gifts, Christmas has gained a reputation for excessive consumption and the idea that we always need more.
This is a big reason I make almost all my gifts myself. Homemade gifts don’t have to look like they were made in your kitchen and be an impractical item that will be kept just for display. No, they can look artisan-made and become a household essential!
When I make my homemade gifts, I also keep the theme in mind Adding Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping, Of course, as a plant-obsessed woman, I often turn to my garden for natural gift wrapping. This is one of the easiest, cheapest and beautiful ways to decorate a gift.
Let me tell you all my secrets about using greenery for gift wrapping.
What can I use instead of a bow on a gift?
Greenery clippings make for an ideal (and plastic-free) bow replacement. you can Take clippings from plants in your yard and put them in your gifts To make them look good instantly.
Yes, it really is that simple. This can save you a lot of time, especially for those who are packing wrappers at the last minute or who do not have any material to wrap gifts.
It can be as simple as cutting out a leaf and placing it on a present, or as complex as creating small wreaths, garlands and ponies to place on top.
Greenery is also a good solution Wrap oddly shaped items. You can skip the paper and tape and add some greenery secured with jute rope to “wrap” your gift.
How to Use Greenery for Gift Wrapping
Wrap your gift in paper or a bag. Plain kraft paper and paper bags are great natural alternatives and make a Blank canvas for your greenery,
Choose your stems or create poses. If you’re making small posy bouquets, select a strong and large stem at the back and work your way to the top. the most delicate and smallest stems at the top,
Use twine, jute twine, or ribbon to wrap your gift at least once.
Hide the greenery in the center. The leaves should fit snugly around the ribbon. without the need for glue or tape,
Best Greenery for Gift Wrapping
While you might think of pine and spruce and all things evergreen for Christmas greenery, it can also include many other plants. think beyond evergreen Also include broadleaf evergreens, herbs, flowers (dried and fresh) and other branches to decorate your gift.
When it comes to plant gift wrapping ideas, These are my favorite leaves for decoration,
- Eucalyptus (silver dollar, seeded, and spiral eucalyptus are all good)
- olive branches
- Cedar (my absolute favorite because of its longevity)
- wax flowers
- Sagar Holi
- white pine
- magnolia leaves
- Bay leaf
- Holly (Burford holly is less thorny than English holly)
I have a full list of all the greenery I use for decorating on this post. This greenery can be used for wreaths, garlands, candle garlands and gift wrap for more decorations beyond just greenery.
Using Berries as Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping
Berries also make some of the best natural gift wrappers. You only need their liveliness to decorate a gift, and you don’t need to combine it with anything else to get a gift. Pop of color.
Here are some of my favorite berries to use as eco-friendly gift wrapping:
- orange bitter sweet
- black rivet
- purple rivet
- orange and red ilex
- rose hips
- Sweetbox Berries
Greenery should be avoided in gift wrapping
For your gift decoration, you want Avoid using anything that will fade immediately, So it’s best to stick to any of the greens I’ve listed in this article. Avoid any ferns, yew and juniper for this reason.
Me too Avoid short needle evergreens Like spruce or hemlock as greenery for gift wrapping, as they quickly lose needles. avoid sharp needles, Like the blue spruce, this is also a good idea because people will touch it when opening gifts.
boxwood is a popular decorative greenery, but I avoid it because it can have a stinky odor similar to cat urine, which is the opposite effect I’m going for with my gift wrapping. Different varieties have lower intensity of odor.
Speaking of cats, take care of your other pets too. If yours is like mine, they love checking out the tree and the gifts under it. it is the best Keep any greenery away from petsEspecially those that are considered poisonous to them.
How to make your greenery last longer
When you are using greenery for gift wrapping, it is best to Do it at the last minute or a day or two before To look fresh.
However, if you’re too busy and want it all done right away, you can try to keep your greenery as fresh as possible.
After harvesting or purchasing your greenery, you will want to Condition the greenery before using. This means you will cut ½-1 inch off the bottom with sharp clean scissors and place it in a bucket of water for 24 hours. Before you start taking smaller clippings to use as natural gift wrap, this allows the entire stem to rehydrate and be in the best condition.
you can do it too Spray anti-desiccant on your clippersLike crowning glory, This spray will close the pores in the needles and bark, helping them retain moisture inside the branches longer.