Gift Ideas / Projects

Paperwhite Bulbs in a Jar


I always like to make a little something for gifts at the holidays.  While looking around on Pinterest I came across this great idea from the Domaphile blog.  With a mason jar as the growing container, paperwhite bulbs are “forced”  into long lasting, fragrant, indoor blooming.   Check it out….


For your supplies, here’s what you will need:

  • Paperwhite Bulbs – I found mine in Home Depot grouped with the Amaryllis bulbs.
  • Jelly sized Mason Jars
  • Rocks or decorative stone
  • Raffia or ribbon
  • Paper for a tag

I used garden pebbles to save some money, so for our first step we washed the stones.  If you choose decorative stones or marbles, you can skip this step.  We used a colander and bucket to wash the stones (and save them from accidentally going down the drain) and then laid them out on an old towel to dry.


Next, fill the jars 3/4 full with the stones.  Our bulbs seemed a little flimsy when just set on top of the rocks, so I added a toothpick to the bottom to steady it.  Then nestle the bulb into the rocks.


Finally we wrapped the lid with raffia (surprisingly a two person job) and added a tag with directions.


For the tag itself, I wrote a personal greeting, a description of the bulb, and specific growing instructions. “Add water to just touching the base of the bulb.  Keep in a bright room and turn to encourage straight growth. Blooms in 6-8 weeks.”


As it turned out, most peoples got their first blooms about 2 weeks after I “planted” them.  Our bloom lasted for almost a month.


I got a lot of feedback and updates about how other peoples flowers did too – when was the last time you talked about a gift a month after the holidays!?!  It was truly a gift that kept on giving.


3 thoughts on “Paperwhite Bulbs in a Jar

    • Awesome! You may have trouble finding Paperwhites this time of the year, but I bet you could use other types of bulbs. Let me know how it works out!

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