Decorate gift boxes
Instead of the usual paper and bows, decorate special presents with floral flare.
With just a bit of string, florist wire, and flowers and foliage from your garden, it’s easy to become a gift-wrapping guru extraordinaire. Check out these inspirational ideas to create exquisitely presented gifts for all your family and friends.
Press flowers picked from the garden then use them to embellish gift tags. You can also customise note cards, envelopes and stationery. Attach the gift tags with string for a rustic look, or use velvet ribbon for a more romantic feel. Match the flower colour to the paper.
When using fresh flowers to decorate gifts, use those that don't wilt quickly. Orchids, calla lilies, gladioli, lisianthus, dahlia buds, strawflowers, Queen Anne's lace, Verbena bonariensis, sweet williams and yarrow (when fully open) all last for at least a day out of water.
CUT- OUT WRAP
Make a 3D giftwrap. Draw a flower onto brown paper. Using a craft knife, cut around the flower's outline, leaving the base of the petals and leaves intact. Cut out the stem and centre of flower and remove. Glue the brown paper to white paper; lift out the petals and leaves.
Make a range of paper flowers to display indoors when fresh flowers are scarce. To make rosebuds (pictured), draw a spiral on a 10 x 10cm piece of paper or lightweight card, beginning in the middle of the paper and spiralling out. Cut out the spiral. Starting from the outside, begin rolling up the spiral, to form a flower shape. Glue, tape or staple the end to keep the flower's shape. Make a range of colours, and hey presto, you have an everlasting bouquet!
KIDS AT PLAY
Challenge children to decorate their own walls using coloured paper, cardboard or felt sheets. Draw different sized floral shapes onto the paper using a stencil, cut them out, then glue or tape the pieces together. Use masking tape to stick the finished flowers to walls, but first stick the tape to your clothes so it collects the fibres. The fibres keep the tape from ruining your wall. Watercolour artists do this to keep their paper from curling when painting.
Make an instant vertical flower garden by decorating your walls with paper flowers. Pick your colours to match your décor!