Sometimes, plants need some dressing up to make them look nicer to display as centerpieces or to give as gifts. Foil wrapping paper for plants is an excellent option for this. This paper is different from regular aluminum foil and is specifically designed for use with planters.
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Foil Wrapping Paper for Plants
If you're wondering whether or not foil is harmful to plants, experts emphasize that it is safe, and if you use it in a garden, it can actually keep the soil warm or cool. Foil wrapping paper for plants can make them look nice enough to use as centerpieces indoors. This project is a simple DIY that won't take you long at all. Start by getting a large sheet of foil wrap for flower pots, a tape measure, scissors, pins and some optional ribbon.
This project is best with pots that do not have drainage dishes, but they can still work. Measure the height and width of both the pot and the dish if needed. Multiply the height by 2 and then add the width plus 1 inch. Trace this on the back side of the foil with a ruler and marker and carefully cut it out.
Adding the Foil to the Pot
Lay the foil on a table facing downward and put the potted plant right in the middle. You can cut out a separate piece to cover the dish.
Bring the four corners against the pot, holding the left corners in your left hand and the right ones in the right. Let go and shape the foil against the pot.
Use your hands and arms to create even gathers all around the pot. Don't worry if you mess up a part of the process; you can redo it with more foil wrap. When you are satisfied with how it looks, you can cut out a ribbon and tie it around the pot. Now, you have a plant nice enough to use as a centerpiece.
Gardens Like Foil Too
You can use regular aluminum foil in different indoor and outdoor gardens. First, you can use foil in a seedbox to help incubate seedlings. Get a cardboard box and line the inside with foil; extend it about 2 inches above the top and sides. Poke tiny holes in the bottom for drainage and put in the pots.
Foil is also suitable for keeping away uninvited guests in your outdoor garden, like birds, slugs and rodents. To keep away winged creatures, tie strips of foil to tree branches. Birds do not like shiny things and will avoid the foil. You can also use it as mulch by laying out sheets around your plants and securing them with heavy stones. Some experts claim that this can keep away slugs and insects, reduce soil temperature, prevent weeds and keep the soil moist.
Another way to use foil in the garden is to form it into funnels for garden products. For example, if you buy a 5-gallon container of liquid pesticide and want to pour it into a spray bottle, use recycled foil to make a homemade funnel. Just roll it up into a cone but make sure that there are no gaps. You will want to use heavy-duty foil for this, as the inexpensive and thin kinds may not be strong enough.