How to Put Flowers on a Birthday Present


Fresh flowers are a colorful way to liven up even the most ordinary of birthday packaging. Add flowers to a plain box, solid-color wrapping paper or even to the handle of a gift bag or basket to brighten up your loved-one's birthday present. Use a large group for a dramatic impact, or a single rose bud for a romantic touch. Whatever you decide, the addition of color and fragrance is sure to make the gift even more special.

Step 1

Wrap the birthday present as you normally would. Instead of a bow, however, leave the area for the bow empty, although you can wrap ribbon around the present as usual. If you are using a basket or gift bag, skip this step.

Step 2

Purchase fresh flower water vials from a florist. Often used in corsages, these tiny vials are just big enough for one stem and will keep your flowers alive until the birthday party.

Step 3

Crush one or two baby aspirin tablets and mix the powder with a glass of water. Carefully pour the water into the vials using a funnel.

Step 4

Practice arranging your flowers until you have the look you want that will replace the bow on your package. Cut the stem(s) of your flowers down to only about two inches long. This should be just enough to fit into the vial.

Step 5

Insert the flower stems into the vials and use packing tape to seal the stems to the vials so that they will not leak. Lay them on top of the birthday present, or on the handle of the basket or bag. Secure them by taping the vials to the package or handle, or attach them with hot glue. Cover the vials with a ribbon bow for added beauty.

Things You'll Need

  • Fresh flower water vials
  • Baby aspirin
  • Scissors
  • Packing tape
  • Hot glue
  • Ribbon


  • McCann, Jim and Julie McCann-Mulligan. A Year Full of Flowers: Fresh Ideas to Bring Flowers Into Your Life Everyday. Rodale Books, 2004.
  • The Frugal Life: Making Fresh Flowers Last Longer

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About this Author

April Sanders has been a writer and educator for 11 years. She is a published curriculum writer and has provided academic content for several subscription databases. Sanders holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social psychology and a Master's degree in information sciences and technology.