Simple condiments, bottles of wine, oils, vinegar-these all become more special when you use colorful fabric as a green gift wrap that can be used over again for other uses. A large scarf, for example, makes a perfect item that can be reused at a later date. If you want to make the gift more personal, you can embroid the receiver’s name or add one of these applique designs to the scarf as well.
Choose condiments or wines that complement or contrast each other in some way-a bottle of olive oil and a bottle of infused vinegar, or a bottle of white wine and another of red.
- Two different-colored squares of 28-by-28-inch fabric
- Needle and thread
- Two condiment or wine bottles
- Sprig of greenery (optional)
Lay two squares of different-colored material on top of each other, right sides facing, with edges flush, and sew together along seams, leaving a 2 1/2-inch gap. Turn right-side out for finished edges. Set square on table with a corner pointing up. Lay bottles down, one-quarter of the way into the diamond-shape fabric; each should be 3 inches from the vertical center, with necks facing out.
Wrap triangle of material closest to you around bottles.
Roll bottles away from you, leaving a small triangle at top end.
Take hold of ears of material on right and left sides, lift them up, and tie into a loose knot, being sure bottles can stand upright. Tuck the triangular flap between the bottles, or tie them securely into a knot, as a handle. Take some greenery or dried flowers, and slip it into the knot, along with a handmade card to complete your green gift wrap package.
Source: Martha Stewart.