The Gifted Blog

December 17, 2009

5 Minute Upgrade: 'Green' Your Gift

The idea for this series was born when a friend requested quick ways to make a gift look nice before running out the door. Want more? Click here to see every 5 Minute Upgrade post to date!



Today's 5-minute upgrade is easy as pie and perfect for the season. Instead of a bow, use a sprig of a hardy plant as your gift embellishment.

I used a thin gold ribbon to tie these on, but the real impact is obviously in the graceful adornment of the leaves.



I first tried this with a flowering branch last summer, but the buds turned out to be too fragile. Take a look around the yard for something sturdy - a bit of fir or pine, some rosemary sprigs, etc. These branch tips from the park had been sitting around for 2 days before I got to using them.



I used a bottle of wine as an example, but this idea can be used on any present. Let me know if you try it!

3 comments:

  1. This is very beautiful! My mother used to tie fake holly berries into christmas presents, but fresh cuttings seem so much better (more fragrant, and more eco-friendly).

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  2. Wow, I like this earth-friendly atmosphere! Real branch and glass bottle combination is really nice. :)

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  3. Thanks, ladies! This is one of my favorites so far.

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