Project: Plant Scanned Gift Wrap


Today we are very excited to welcome Natalie to the blog. She is here to share about her process for making gift wrap from plants she has scanned with her printer!

From Natalie:

In spring I made some papier mâché bowls with dry flowers and grass. I wondered how the flowers would look copied? It turns out, really nice! It was a busy time then for me and the flower paper never made it to the blog. This autumn Dawn showed some direct-copies made from leaves on her Instagram account. I wrote about my spring paper and this guest post is the result!

Make your own nature motif gift wrap paper:

The key? Get some nice leaves and flowers from the garden and use the copy-mode from your All-In-One-Printer, that’s all.

1_what you need from the garden

What You Need

• Plants from the November-Garden: fern, grass, daisy, hawkweed, barberry
• All-In-One-Printer
• Copy Paper A4, white
• Optional: Picture-Software

Note: Branches with small leaves, long grass, fern and flowers work well. If you use them fresh, like i did, you may tape a paper to the lid for protection. Don’t use berries. Don’t forget to clean the glass afterwards!

2_scan 1

Sprinkle the barberry, or other leaves you have collected, on the glass from your printer, put down the lid and press the copy-button.
You’ve got your first gift-wrap paper! If you like it, best to make a scan from it and store it on your hard-drive for an other occasion.

2_scan 2 mix fern grass daisy hawkweed

For the wrap it’s best to have an interesting bit in the middle of the paper. If you’re not sure how much you should put together, use the preview-function on your computer and have a look. If necessary remove or add more plants.

2_scan 3 barberry split

You can also use photo editing software to help clean up the result. In the photo above I used bright and bark-correction in the upper part.

The original copy is good, but if you’ve got photo software, you can make the print even better.

2_scan 4barberry gray

Another option is to copy the branch only with black and white.


You can start to wrap your smaller parcels with your paper. From these november plants I made 6 different papers in half an hour.

4_gift wrap (1)

You can also fold an easy origami box, called masu, with the paper (left, in the picture). Use the plant-print for the top and a white or colored one for the bottom. Find video-tutorials by searching for it on the internet: origami, box, masu.

Thank you for inviting me to write this guestpost here on Mud Puddles to Meteors. I am looking forward to see all your paper prints! Please share them with us on Instagram by tagging #mudtometeors or in the Facebook group!

Zürich, Natalie Kramer, 14.11.14


Natalie blogs at schaeresteipapier. Her blog is filled with cool stuff to do with your kids. She lives and works in Zürich, Switzerland with her husband and 9 year-old son.
You can find her on Instagram here: @schaeresteipapier

10 comments… add one

  • Monique B. November 20, 2014, 7:33 am

    Love! Love! Love! My kids and I are going to have so much fun with this. Thank you.

    • dawn November 21, 2014, 1:59 pm

      It is very fun! Please share when you make some! We would love to see!

  • Jessica November 20, 2014, 10:47 am

    I really like the idea of nature papers! I wonder if a store like Staples or Office Max could scan on larger paper?

    I’ve seen Martha Stewart do this with pretty, multi-colored buttons, too. Really cute! She did it long before most people had scanning-capability in their homes, so it seemed like magic. HA HA

    • dawn November 21, 2014, 2:00 pm

      That is a super idea, Jessica. Let us know if you find out!

  • KC November 20, 2014, 11:50 am

    This is so neat! Thanks for sharing.

    • dawn November 21, 2014, 2:01 pm

      Please share if you and the girls make some, KC. We would love to see your desert versions!

  • Yanic November 24, 2014, 1:36 pm

    That is just LOVELY! Pinning this for next year for sure… Just wonderful.
    Thank you for sharing!

    • dawn November 25, 2014, 4:08 am

      Great, Yanic! Please share when you do it. We would love to see!

  • Somerset Wedding Gal July 27, 2016, 7:50 am

    Such a clever and original idea! You certainly wouldn’t want to throw this paper away.

    • dawn July 29, 2016, 2:24 pm

      Thank you!
      I know. It could easily be used for scrapbooking and so much more.

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