Gift Ideas / Projects

Paperwhite Bulbs in a Jar

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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….

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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.

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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.

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

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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.”

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

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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.

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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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