An easy technique to perk up traditional wrapping

Up your gift-giving factor with wrapping that’s worthy of the thoughtful contents inside. This simple DIY adds a floral touch that transforms store bought paper and ribbon and almost makes the packaging look too good to open—almost.

Start with a standard foundation: pretty wrapping paper and dress it up with a flat or pleated ribbon. Then curate a selection of your favorite fresh flowers, ones that have special meaning, complement the color of the wrapping or are perfect for the season. Watch the video below (and follow our written step-by-step instructions) how to create this DIY floral gift wrap that will make you the favorite gifter for holidays, birthdays, hosted events or just because.


  • Wrapped box
  • Ribbon (flat or pleated)
  • 2 Large leaves
  • 3 medium- or 2 large-head fresh flowers (we used 3 tulips and 2 peonies)
  • Floral shears
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  1. Neatly wrap a box with wrapping paper and then secure a wide flat or pleated ribbon in one direction around the center of the box.
  2. Trim stems of leaves to leaf bases.
  3. Trim flower stems to base of flower, short enough so flowers can be set relatively evenly on a flat surface.
  4. Heat glue gun/sticks.
  5. Place a line of glue from the base of one leaf stem up the stem about one inch in length.
  6. Press leaf on a diagonal across ribbon, starting with the base of stem at center of package top. Repeat with other leaf so bases of stems are touching when glued to the package.
  7. Place a dollop of glue on the base of one flower and glue right next to the base of leaf stems. Repeat glueing and setting with remaining flowers around leaf stems to create a flower bunch in the center of the package.