12/16/2010 11:20 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

DIY: An Easy Holiday Hostess Gift

By guest blogger designer Mark Kintzel

I think the great variety of little trees and topiaries available at local florists and nurseries make perfect holiday gifts. However, often, the containers they come in aren't that attractive, so I'm going to show you how to dress them up.

Here's what you need:

A nursery-potted plant (I like rosemary topiaries, Alberta Spruces, and Golden European Trees, which are in the cypress family)

Old flannel shirt(s)

Twine or ribbon

A plastic bag

Pinking shears or scissors capable of cutting fabric.

Watch the video clip to see how easy this is!

This is a great touch for presenting a festive holiday plant, and it allows you to reuse an old shirt (or any interesting-looking fabric) rather than throw it away. You can even slip a gift card in the pocket!

To care for the plant, keep planting mix moist. Place in bright indirect sunlight indoors, and after the holidays, transplant to a larger pot or plant outdoors when the weather's appropriate (see the care card that comes with the tree for details, or check

Related Links:
DIY: A Festive Thanksgiving Centerpiece - Maria's Farm Country Kitchen
Creative Gifts Under $20 -
DIY Gifts on a Rainy Saturday - Our Little Apartment

For more from Maria Rodale, go to

Subscribe to the Lifestyle email.
We’re basically your best friend… with better taste.