How to wrap a potted plant container in florist paper and a bow

Decorative floral paper improves the appearance of plain pots. Add a bow to further complement the wrapping before displaying the pot in the home or giving it as a gift. Floral paper also prevents water from draining out of the pot where it isn't wanted, but this can lead to soggy soil and root rot that damages or kills the potted plant. Wrapping the pot properly to provide for its needs while dressing up the pot allows you to enjoy both a beautiful pot and a healthy plant.

Measure the height of the pot from the rim to the bottom. Multiply this measurement by three, then cut out a square of florist paper with sides the length of this measurement.

Fold the paper over 2.5 cm (1 inch) along each side of the square. Fold over a second a time to make a clean edge.

Lay the paper, folded sides up, on your work surface. Set the pot in the centre of the square of paper.

Pull up the paper on either side of the pot and tuck the edges down into the pot, crumpling and rolling the paper as necessary in the centre but leaving the corners upright. Pull up the two remaining sides and repeat the process. The four corners should still protrude above the pot.

Insert a floral stake into the soil in near the pot's rim, centring the stake along a folded down edge of paper. Push the stake through the paper and into the soil to secure it.

Wrap a length of 2.5 to 5 cm (1 to 2 inch) wide ribbon around the pot then tie the ends around the protruding stake, securing the paper to the pot. Tie a bow in a second length of ribbon then slip the bow's knot over the stake to camouflage the stake and the ends of the first ribbon.

Poke two to four holes in the bottom of the decorative paper before displaying the plant. Set the plant on top a drip tray to collect the excess water that drains through the paper.


Florist's paper has a plastic or foil coating that prevents water damage. Always place the coated side against the pot. Substitute coloured cellophane or mylar wrapping paper for florist's paper.


If you are transporting the plant, avoid poking the drainage holes until after you reach your location. Otherwise, water may drain out of the pot and stain clothing or upholstery.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Stake
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Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.