How to Gift Wrap Fresh Flowers Like a Professional

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Learn how to gift wrap flowers like a professional with this easy tutorial. Elevate a grocery store bouquet with tissue paper, craft paper, ribbon, and gift tags I’ve made exclusively for you.

An arrangement of fresh flowers wrapped in brown paper to look like it was made by a florist.
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The arrival of spring not only marks the arrival of warmer weather and longer days but occasions were bouquets of flowers are often given.

Mother’s Day, dance recitals, weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays to name a few.

Floral arrangements serve as tokens of affection, symbols of congratulations, or expressions of gratitude.

Yet, among the excitement of finding the perfect flowers, we can sometimes overlook the importance of presentation.

Those grocery store bouquets are convenient and affordable however, they often come wrapped in cellophane, lacking the personal touch that takes a gift from ordinary to extraordinary.

I’m hear to tell you that you don’t need to be a professional florist to create a beautifully wrapped bouquet!

With just a few inexpensive supplies, you can turn even the simplest grocery store flowers into a gift that looks like you spent a small fortune.

So, ditch the plastic, cellophane wrapped flowers and elevate your gifted bouquets with this easy step by step guide.

A bouquet of fresh flowers wrapped in brown paper and tied with a ribbon.

Selecting the Right Flower Bouquet to Give Your Gift Recipient

You may be wondering, “How do I know which is the right flower bouquet to choose in the grocery store?”

Ultimately, there is no right or wrong answer.

When choosing the right bouquet you want to consider the occasion, the recipient’s preferences (if you know), the freshness of the flowers available, and the message you want to convey with your gift.

Fresh flower bouquet from your local grocery store wrapped in plastic & cellophane.

The great thing about shopping for flowers in the grocery store is that they most likely have mixed flowers already arranged in a bouquet for you. That takes the a lot of the guess work out of mixing & matching flowers to create a beautiful bouquet.

Look for flower arrangements that feature a combination of focal flowers, such as roses or lilies, along with filler flowers like baby’s breath or statice, and some greenery or foliage for added depth and contrast.

Once you’ve chosen a bouquet, don’t be afraid to get creative!

You can easily combine two or more smaller bouquets into one larger arrangement.

Materials You’ll Need to Gift Wrap Flowers Like a Pro

Gather these materials before you begin this DIY project.

  • Fresh Flower Bouquet: Select a bouquet that reflect the recipient’s taste or the occasion.
  • Tissue Paper: Adds a layer of protection to your flowers while also providing a soft and delicate touch to your bouquet. I used this tissue paper with a scalloped detail because in my opinion, everything is prettier with a scallop design.
  • Brown Paper or Kraft Paper: Rustic and eco-friendly, brown paper adds a charming touch to your bouquet. Its neutral color provides the perfect backdrop for showcasing the vibrant colors of the flowers.
  • Ribbon: Choose a color that complements the flowers. I used a classic white satin ribbon, but you can use any color or style ribbon you like. You could also use twine to tie the bouquet together, which would add a more rustic touch.
  • Scissors: For cutting the paper, ribbon, and gift tags.
  • Gift Tags (Homemade or Store Bought): Personalize your bouquet with a homemade or store-bought gift tag. You can download the watercolor gift tags I used in our Freebies library.

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Gift Wrapping Flowers: The Step by Step Guide

Whether you’re a DIY beginner or a seasoned florist, elevate your gifted floral bouquets with this easy step by step tutorial.

1. Prepare the Flowers

Start by gently removing any plastic wrapping, cellophane, or rubber bands from the bouquet of flowers.

Cellophane wrapped fresh flowers like roses and lilies from the grocery store.

Carefully arrange the blooms in your hand, ensuring they’re evenly distributed and any stems that are too long are trimmed so that all the stems are the same length at the bottom of the bouquet.

Put the bouquet of flowers off to the side.

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2. Wrap Flowers in Tissue Paper & Brown Paper

On a flat surface, place 2-3 sheets of the tissue paper on in the inside of a 20″x26″ Kraft paper rectangle (depending on the size of your bouquet you may need a smaller or bigger piece of brown paper).

Turn the brown paper with the tissue paper inside diagonally so that a point is on top.

Kraft paper and tissue paper to wrap fresh flowers into a bouquet.

Place the flowers on the tissue paper diagonally, so that the top of the flowers are slightly above the top point.

Fresh flowers that will be wrapped in brown paper and tissue paper.

Double check the position of the flowers in your bouquet and make any necessary adjustments. 

Before you wrap the flowers, cut a 12″ length of ribbon and place to the side.

Take the right side of the brown paper and wrap it over the bouquet of flowers.

Kraft paper wrapped fresh flowers to Mother's Day gift giving.

Hold in position, then take the left side of the brown paper and wrap that around the bouquet making sure not to crinkle the paper too much.

Kraft paper wrapped flower arrangement with roses, lilies, and daisies.

Pro Tip: When wrapping your bouquet, be mindful of the tension you apply. Avoid wrapping it too tightly since this can crush the delicate petals and stems. Alternately, wrapping it too loosely may cause the flowers to shift and become disorganized. Aim for a snug but gentle wrap to ensure your bouquet stays secure until it’s ready to be given.

3. Tie the Bouquet With a Ribbon & Add a Gift Tag

Tie a tight knot in the ribbon of your choice right around the middle of the flower stems (this is what will hold the whole bouquet together).

White satin ribbon tied on bouquet to hold the flower arrangement together.

At this point you can choose to leave the brown paper covering the ends of the flower stems, or you can trim it to expose the bottom of the bouquet.

I liked the rustic look of the exposed stems, so I trimmed the bottom of the paper.

Homemade gift tags added to the flower arrangement for gift giving.

Thread the gift tags onto the ribbon, then tie the ribbon into a simple bow.

White satin ribbon bow with spring watercolor gift tags.
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Trim the ends of the ribbon to finish the bouquet.

Using sharp scissors to trim the ends of the white satin ribbon.
Trimmed ribbon ends for a gifted flower bouquet wrapped in Kraft paper.

Your flowers are now ready for gifting!

Ready to gift flower bouquet perfect for Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, birthdays, or anniversaries.

Tips

  • Before you start wrapping, trim the stems of your flowers at an angle and remove any excess leaves. This ensures a clean presentation but helps the flowers absorb water more effectively once they’re in a vase.
  • Experiment with different wrapping styles and techniques. Try folding the paper in different ways or tying the ribbon in various knots to create a unique look for each bouquet.
  • Make your bouquet extra special by adding personal touches like a handwritten note attached to the ribbon. Littlest details can make the biggest impact!
  • Choose wrapping materials and flower arrangements that reflect the season. For example, choose bright, cheerful colors for spring and summer and rich, warm tones for fall and winter.
  • Don’t worry if your first few attempts don’t turn out exactly as you imagined. Practice makes perfect.

Can I use this same wrapping technique with flowers from my garden?

You most certainly can!

In fact, garden fresh flowers can add an extra special touch to your bouquet, as they are often more vibrant and fragrant than store bought blooms.

Choose a variety of flowers from your garden with different colors, shapes and sizes for your bouquet.

Remember to trim the stems when arranging them and remove any excess leaves before wrapping them.

An arrangement of fresh flowers wrapped in brown paper to look like it was made by a florist.

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