Potted plants are a lovely gift, especially for individuals who cannot get out of the house often--it brings a little of the outdoors inside. However, the green or black plastic pots that most plants come in are not exactly festive. If you choose not to repot the plant in another, more decorative container, gift wrapping is the next best thing.
Clean off the outside of the pot and make sure it is thoroughly dry. When dealing with large or very leafy plants, consider gently tying the plant stalks together with twine or string while wrapping the plant pot--but remember to untie the plant when finished.
Roll out some waxed paper, then set the plant pot on it. Pull up one free corner of the waxed paper to see how much of the pot is covered--the corner should reach to about 2 inches above the rim of the pot. Cut the waxed paper to the same length on the opposite side.
Work your way around the pot--starting at one corner--pulling the waxed paper up and taping it to the rim of the pot. The waxed paper acts as a waterproof barrier between the pot and the gift wrapping paper, so be careful not to tear the waxed paper as you pull it up.
Roll out a length of gift wrapping paper. Pull up one free corner of the wrapping paper--just like you did with the waxed paper, only this time the paper should reach about 7 or 8 inches above the rim of the pot--but adjust this for shorter plants so that the plant isn't covered by the paper. Cut the opposite side of the paper to the same length.
Work your way around the plant pot, pulling up the gift wrapping paper and folding and gathering it neatly. Since the gift wrapping paper folds, you don't need to tape it. Wrap a ribbon or other decorative cord around the pot and tie it in a bow. Add a gift tag, if desired.