Happy Friday, everyone! What do you all have on your weekend agendas? It’s hard to believe, but in Austin we’re supposed to be seeing temps getting scarily close to the 90’s, so I (Chanel) have big plans to set up shop at the pool and stay there. For those of you looking for an inexpensive and really simple craft to put together this weekend, we’ve got just the thing for you. Since I’m a huge fan of gifting plants, especially low maintenance succulents, we created a template (with a little guidance from Jordan) that can be traced onto any wrapping paper, and fits seamlessly around a standard 3.5 x 3.5-inch plastic plant container. And don’t forget: May Day is right around the corner, and I’m quite sure anyone would be thrilled to find this on their doorstep… Be sure to check out the instructions after the jump!

  1. Download and print stencil onto card stock paper, scaled to 100%. Cut out around edges, and slice interior lines with craft knife.
  2. Trace shape (including interior lines) into back of wrapping paper. Flip stencil as pictured above, and trace again. Cut shape out around the edges, and slice along interior lines.
  3. Fold in flaps, and carefully weave through slits as pictures above (you may notice at this point that your slits are too small. Grab your craft knife and slice them bigger.) Repeat on the other side.
  4. Slide plant into paper form, and trim around the top to make paper flush with plastic container.
  5. If paper flips out on corners, use a small piece of double sided tape to secure it down.
  6. Garnish with any small flag or decorative pick, and give to loved ones!

*photos by Camille

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Comments (23)
  1. 1
    Lucy April 27, 2012 at 9:35 am


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    Brittney April 27, 2012 at 10:06 am

    I am going to have to do this!!!

  3. 3
    Ashley April 27, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    If the super cute paper choices didn’t make this post fantastic, then the wooden elephant definitely did 🙂

  4. 4
    Kate {Something Fabulous} April 28, 2012 at 2:25 am

    This is such a gorgeous DIY idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Kate {Something Fabulous}


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    Mariana April 28, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Such a great idea!!
    Love it.

  6. 6
    Debra Kapellakis April 28, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    That’s a good idea. thank you for sharing

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    Yvonne Bolger April 29, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Love the idea!! Have just one question…when I printed out the template it came out very, very small and there’s no way it will cover a 3 1/2″ pot. What did I do wrong!!!! The page says “scaled at 21%” but there was no option when I downloaded the template to enlarge it. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Chanel Dror April 30, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Hi Yvonne, so glad you like it! When you print, make sure it’s scaled to 100%… that should do the trick 🙂

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    Trish April 30, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Awesome idea- I love hiding those ugly basic pots also! 🙂

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    Lindsay{LCVintage} May 1, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Love that as a gift idea! So cute!



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