How to Put Foil Around a Plant for a Centerpiece

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Several beautifully wrapped small plants make a nice centerpiece that will not block the view across the table.
Several beautifully wrapped small plants make a nice centerpiece that will not block the view across the table. (Image: Christopher Robbins/Photodisc/Getty Images)

You can use one of your pretty houseplants as a centerpiece, even if it is in an unattractive pot. Potted plants from the florist often arrive in a plain plastic pot wrapped in foil and tied with a ribbon. It is a simple and elegant presentation, but a bit difficult to copy. If you plop your pot on a sheet of foil, pull the foil up and tie a ribbon around it, the ribbon will fall straight to the ground, unless you know a few tricks.

Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Large sheet of heavy foil paper
  • Shears
  • 2-inch wide ribbon, 2 yards
  • Straight pins, 2
  • Ribbon bow

Measure the height and width of your plant's pot. Be sure to include the saucer in the measurement if you will need one.

Multiply the height by two, and add the width and one inch to this measurement. Cut a square of heavy foil paper this wide and long.

Lay the foil out on a flat surface with the foil side down. Place the potted plant in the center of the square.

Pull the four corners of the square up against the pot. Hold the two left corner in your left hand and the two right corners in your right hand. Let go of the paper, then quickly reach around the wrapped pot as if you were giving the plant a hug. Use your arms to shape the foil up against the pot. If it is a small pot, you might be able to do this with just your hands. This shapes the foil into even gathers around the pot.

Cut a length of 2-inch wide ribbon several inches longer than you need to wrap around the pot. Wrap the ribbon around the pot. Cross the ends of the ribbon and pull them up a bit, so that the crossed ends of the ribbon are an inch higher than the ribbon on the other side of the pot. Pin the ends of the ribbon to the foil paper where they cross. Cut off the loose ends of the ribbon, one inch from the pin.

Pin a bow to the ribbon over the crossed ends.

Tips & Warnings

  • Cut around the top of the paper with scalloped scissors for a different look. You can follow the edges of the square or cut 1/2 inch above the top edge of the pot.

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