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Wrapping Flowers

Photography: David Prince

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2000


If you know how to make a paper airplane and to lace a pair of shoes, you have all the skills you need to create these flower wrappings. They're all made from materials that can be found around the house. Each idea is tailored to different flowers -- for example, the "Ribbon Carrier" is great for smooth-stemmed blooms, the corrugated paper of the "Buttoned Cone" protects against thorns.


  • Pins

  • Grosgrain ribbon

  • For ribbon carrier: Flowers with smooth, straight stems

  • For buttoned cone: Corrugated packing paper and colored tissue, both measuring about 12 by 18 inches

  • For buttoned cone: 18-inch length of waxed twine

  • For paper corset: Hole puncher

  • For paper corset: Scissor

  • For paper corset: Heavy paper


  1. Select a grosgrain ribbon that is almost as wide as the stems are long. Be sure the length of the ribbon is a few inches greater than the circumference of the stems. Wrap the ribbon around the stems, and pin it to itself along the edge to secure. Create the handle with a 2-foot length of 1-inch-thick grosgrain ribbon. Simply tie each end neatly around the ribbon wrapping, with one near the blossoms and the other near the base of the stems.

  2. Cut a sheet of corrugated packing paper and some colored tissue, both measuring about 12 by 18 inches. Using an 18-inch length of waxed twine, sew a largish (1 or more inches in diameter) button to the corrugated paper, halfway down one short side, about 2 inches in from the edge, and leave a foot or so of loose twine. Lay the corrugated paper on your work surface, button-side down. Cover with the colored tissue, leaving about 1 inch of tissue showing above the top edge. Lay the flowers on the papers at the far end opposite the button, and roll them up. Secure the cone by encircling the roll with the loose twine and wrapping it tightly around the button.

  3. Measure the circumference of your bundle with a length of cord. Cut a piece of construction or other heavy paper to the length of the cord, with a width about half the length. Punch matching rows of holes down both short sides, spaced about 1 inch apart. Curl the paper so that it holds the shape of a tube; stand it on end. Slip each end of a piece of silk cord from front to back into the first pair of opposing holes. Even the cord out. Lace up loosely; slip corset over stems, and tighten laces. Trim ends, and tie a bow when finished.

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