Container Plants As Gifts: Creative Ideas For Wrapping Potted Plants

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Wrapping potted plants is a great way to add a personal touch to a gardening gift. Potted plants make great gifts for just about anyone, but the store-bought plastic containers and cellophane wraps lack imagination. Get more festive with these ideas for wrapping and decorating your gift.

Giving Container Plants as Gifts

A plant is a great gift idea and a versatile one too. Just about anyone will be pleased to receive a houseplant, potted herb, or a plant that can go into the garden. Even friends and family who are not gardeners can enjoy a potted plant.

A gift-wrapped plant is a rare type of gift that actually lasts. Depending on the plant type and how it’s cared for, a plant given to a loved one could last them for decades. Choose easy plants for those who don’t have a green thumb and something rare for your gardening friends who already have everything.

How to Wrap a Potted Plant

You could just give a gift plant as it comes from the store or nursery, but wrapping plants isn’t difficult. By wrapping it, you make the gift a little more special, personal, and festive. Here are some great ideas for decorating and wrapping plants as gifts:

  • Wrap the pot with a section of burlap and tie in place with a satin or lace ribbon for a contrast between rustic and pretty.
  • Use fabric scraps to wrap the container with ribbon or twine to hold it together. You can also use a rubber band to secure the fabric at the top of the pot. Then, roll the fabric over and tuck it into the rubber band to hide it.
  • A sock makes a great wrap for a small potted plant. Choose one with a fun color or pattern and put the pot in the sock. Tuck the top of the sock into the pot and then fill with soil and the plant.
  • Use wrapping paper or scrapbook paper squares to wrap a pot. Secure it with tape.
  • A great idea for grandparent gifts is letting the grandchildren decorate white butcher paper. Then, use the paper to wrap the pot.
  • Unleash your inner artist and use paints to decorate a terracotta pot. 
  • Be creative and come up with your own gift-wrapped plant combinations or even add your own unique, fun twist.
Mary Ellen Ellis

Mary Ellen Ellis has been gardening for over 20 years. With degrees in Chemistry and Biology, Mary Ellen's specialties are flowers, native plants, and herbs.