It’s that time of year when it feels like you need a gift for everyone you know: teachers, carpool drivers, scout leaders, grads, Mom’s, Dad’s, newlyweds, neighbors moving in, neighbors moving out, friends who are sick or sad or newly employed or having a baby! No matter the occasion, so many gifts can start to add up fast. Today, I want to share my favorite gift to give: a plant! Nothing says “happy” more than fresh blooms, and plants tend to last longer and be cheaper than fresh flowers. While handing off a plastic container of greenery may seem like the easy way out; with a little DIY love, simple store-bought plants can go from greenhouse staple to gorgeous gift in no time!
Using simple supplies from the craft store, you can customize your embellishments to fit any occasion. Coordinate your decorations with the buds, and you’ll have a thoughtful, adorable, and inexpensive gift for whoever and whatever comes up next!
Start with some store-bought flowers. I picked these cute little Harmony New Guinea Impatiens because of their small size, bright blooms, and $5 price tag! With some plain paper, make a template for the container covers. If the container is a perfect cylinder, just measure the height and circumference of the container and replicate the dimensions on paper. If the container is tapered (like mine), trace the container as you roll it on paper to create a rounded template. Cut out the template and fit it to the container to make sure the measurements are right.
Trace the template onto cardboard and cut it out. Next, trace the template onto some craft paper or wrapping paper (mine is wrapping paper from Target), but add an inch to the bottom and top of the template; cut it out. It’s a bit of an optical illusion in the photo below, but the white cardboard cutout will fit right over the polka dot paper and have an inch margin on the top and bottom.
Using some roller adhesive or craft glue, secure the cardboard cutout to the wrong side of the decorative paper. Score the paper along the edge of the cardboard (for nice, clean folding), snip the excess paper in ½” intervals, fold over the edges, and secure with glue.
Now you have a sturdier piece with clean edges to roll into the container shape and secure with hot glue!
To embellish the paper flower pots, you can use anything from paper medallions, dried flowers, die cut shapes, words printed from the computer, etc. I picked up a few laser-cut wooden medallions and words from the craft store to use on mine; each one was given a few coats of acrylic paint and allowed to dry!
To give the words some dimension from the background medallions, I used some simple wooden pieces I had in my craft stash. Anything can work here, just layer something between the medallion and the words with hot glue!
Before attaching the medallions, cut some coordinating ribbon and attach around the pots with hot glue. Keep in mind that if you have a tapered container, you will have to glue the ribbon at an angle in the back to keep it flat all the way around!
The last step is to hot glue the medallion decoration to the center of the ribbon on the front of the paper pot and load your plants back in!
Such a fun, vibrant and thoughtful gift to say “Welcome to the neighborhood”…
Or…”Thanks for all you do” or “It’s going to be okay!”
All told, these three gifts cost about $20 total and an hour of my time. Simple, inexpensive, customizable, and oh-so-thoughtful! Pretty sure any recipient on your list wouldn’t mind receiving one of these!