DIY Gift Bag with Succulents

June 14, 2017
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DIY Gift Bag with Succulents
Photo from "Succulents" by Robin Stockwell

Unlike a bouquet of flowers, a petite potted succulent won’t need to be rushed into a water-filled vase as soon as you arrive. The right rosette, like the star-shaped Gasteria pictured, will shine in a wrapping such as this. All you do is embellish a ready-made treat bag. At 4 3⁄4 inches wide and 6 1⁄2 inches tall, it’s just the right size to hold a 4-inch potted succulent. Look for paper netting at art supply stores.

DIY gift bag

Materials & Tools
4 3⁄4-by-6 1⁄2-inch paper bag
Paper netting
4-inch potted succulent
Gift tag
Small plastic clip

DIY gift bag

1. Prep the Bag

Fold the bag in half, then open and stand it up. Bend the top edge toward the exterior and fold down about 1⁄2 inch. Crease the fold flat. Repeat twice to make the bag 4 inches tall—just enough to conceal the pot.

DIY gift bag

2. Add Netting

Cut a piece of netting as tall and wide as the bag, plus about 11⁄2 inches on each end to overlap at the back of the bag. Wrap the netting around the bag from front to back, overlapping the back ends; tuck the top edges under the bag’s top folds as shown, to secure them in place.

DIY gift bag

3. Finish the Gift

Fill out the card, add a string bow, and attach the card to the bag with the clip. Set the succulent inside the bag.

Excerpted from Succulents by Robin Stockwell. Copyright © 2017 Oxmoor House. Reprinted with permission from Time Inc. Books, a division of Time Inc. New York, NY. All rights reserved.

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