Linen and Foraged Foliage Toppers
We love including toppers made with seasonal bits of foraged foliage and plant life with the intention of creating a keepsake element with the gift wrap. Set atop simple paper or even affixed to a bag, these toppers add such an elegantly festive holiday pop.
- Foliage toppers (You'll need a mix of seasonal foliage, a glue gun, and a swatch of a sturdy linen ribbon or wired burlap ribbon.)
- A nice, sturdy box for wrapping (Paper Source has some great mailer box options that are so easy to wrap. Paper Mart also has a broad selection of lighter-weight boxes in a variety of sizes, so you will be covered no matter what size your gift may be.)
- Plain rolls of kraft or other neutral-toned wrapping at Paper Source
- Metallic bakers' twine
- A few strips of natural linen fabric
How to Make the Foliage Toppers:
- Have an anchor for your topper -- a bigger leaf, a ribbon, or a mini wreath.
- Gather your materials -- a mix of textures and scale yields the best results. We love using pinecones, wreaths, linen pieces, berries, twigs, rosemary sprigs, plumosa fern, and cedar.
- Planning the shape ahead of time will help you create something that matches your vision. Lay it out before starting to assemble.
- When using the glue gun to hold the different materials in place, make sure you use a light hand -- think of it as building a mini model -- you don't want to see the glue!
- Use your piece of ribbon to create a backing for the topper. On the flat backside of the foliage, make a loop by crisscrossing the ribbon at the top so you can weave some twine through the top and have a flat, solid surface to affix the topper to the gift.
How to Make the Linen Gift Wrap:
- Cut a piece of wrapping paper roughly to the size you will need to wrap your package. For the linen pieces, cut a strip of linen approximately 1 inch smaller than the width of your box. You will want to make sure that the linen isn't as wide as the box, so that you can see the kraft paper peeking out on each side of the box underneath the linen. Make sure to cut your linen horizontally, so you do not waste your fabric!
- Carefully wrap your box as cleanly as possible; if you start out with a crisp wrapping job, it will be a lovely contrast to the looseness of the linen wrap. Use double-stick tape to adhere the paper.
- Center your linen strip on your box and wrap the linen around your box. You can adhere the linen in a few different ways: glue gun, double-stick tape, or even loosely hand-sew it together. The linen is meant to look somewhat loose and relaxed -- so no need to be perfect here!
- Cut a piece of bakers' twine 2 to 3 times the length of your box. You can wrap the twine around the box a few times -- the more you wrap, the more the metallic thread in the twine will stand out. Tie your twine in a secure little knot so the twine stays taut.
- Once your package is all tied up, tie on your gift topper. Each topper comes backed with a linen cord so you can easily secure it to your gift. Simply tie on your topper and voila -- your gifts are ready.
Image credit: Yayo Ahumada
Project: Martha Stewart Living