Sunday 5 April 2009

Birthday Basket

Yesterday's crafty project was a bit of special gift-wrapping for a friend's birthday...

We bought her a few gifts, and I potted up some flowers from my little garden and made up a little basket to put them in. I wrapped the pots in bubble-wrap and tape so they could nestle among the other presents without getting them dirty or wet, and added some paper cut-outs on cocktail sticks for a bit of extra decoration:


I love to give plants as gifts (especially home grown ones) but they can be so awkward to wrap, so I am a bit in love with this idea. The butterflies look so pretty and are so simple to make: I made mine with sugar paper (construction paper), this template printed out at 50%, and stuck them to a wooden cocktail stick with a bit of clear tape.


You can of course use any silhouette you fancy, or more colourful images like butterflies from digital collage sheets like these great ones from Piddix (how amazing would a simple house-warming plant look with a grouping of those butterflies fluttering among its leaves?)

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Pair of Writers said...

Very festive! What a great way to present this gift!

Rhiannon said...

How very pretty :D
You do have very lucky friends

piddix said...

What a beautiful idea. I love it.

Luciana said...

very beautiful,

Silly Little Sheep said...

Cute!!! I gave a home-grown present to a friend once, ina bowl I didnt use any more and she was super excited about it!! They are the best presents, I love that you used planties from your own garden!

Bugs and Fishes said...

Silly Little Sheep - yes, I think there is something very special / personal about giving home-grown plants... your friend will always be reminded of you when they see them in their garden :) I like the idea of using an old bowl, too.