DIY paperwhite bulb kit {from under the table & dreaming}

by @according2kelly on September 16, 2011

for the entire month of september will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season…

welcome to our holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along.” we will be baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season all month long. yep! yep! 31 days of projects. so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. a southern fairytale is spotlighting lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss. & to check out ALL of our crafty & creative projects go HERE.

today, our featured blogger is the always fabulous stephanie lynn, of under the table & dreaming. stephanie lynn writes…

I am super thrilled to be back visiting for this years Holiday Bake, Craft & Sew Along – Thanks so much Kelly for having me! I’m Stephanie Lynn from Under the Table & Dreaming. During the holiday season I love to give little tokens of appreciation to just about everyone I know – so I am always looking for simple handmade gifts that I can put together quite quickly – especially gifts I can make in bulk and have on hand {for hostess gifts or that very special person I just so happen to forget to add to my list..oops!}

Paperwhites are a staple in holiday plant offerings and forcing them to bloom is a fun seasonal tradition for many. This simple kit is incredibly easy to put together and since many of the materials used can be purchased in bulk – it’s an economical way to say thank you to those who may not always make your gift list.

Materials Needed:

Terra Cotta Pot & Saucer

Potting Soil

Paperwhite Bulbs {narcissus}

Plastic Baggie


Optional Materials:

Spray Paint


Begin with a terra cotta pot and saucer that is size appropriately. {you want to be sure the saucer fits well when place on top of the pot} I used a 5 inch pot, which fits approximately 3-4 bulbs, though any size can really be used. The post and saucer can be decorated as you like and if you have little ones this is a great project to pass along to them to make the gift even a little more special. I simply sprayed mine with some champagne spray paint.

Scoop some potting soil into a plastic baggie and seal. Bag toppers can be found {here}. Just print out, cut, fold over the top of the bag and staple to hold into place.

The paperwhite bulbs can be found at your local garden center {or even Walmart where I found this bag of 7 for just under $5}. This time of year is the perfect time to pick them up as they sell out fairly quickly once the holidays arrive.

Tuck everything into the pot and add filler {optional} for presentation purposes only. I have included an instruction sheet {here} that can be printed off and tucked in with the kit so the recipient knows just what to do.

Place the saucer on top of the pot and tie with ribbon. Super easy and ready to give!

Forcing paperwhites indoors is extremely easy and requires no gardening experience what so ever. They are quick to bloom, pretty, fragrant and can produce blooms indoors from November through March, if properly planted.

Some more quick and simple handmade gifts to have on hand can be found in the project gallery.

Thanks so much Kelly for having me. Hope everyone has a joyous holiday season ~ Enjoy!

for more great ideas be sure to visit stephanie lynn at her blog under the table & dreaming, & be sure to connect with her on twitter & facebook.

about stephanie lynn: She is the blessed Mommy to one precious little boy and is married to a handsome guy {who also happens to be her best friend}. She recently moved into ‘Our Dream House’ and have been working hard at making it ‘Our Home’.


baking, crafting & sewing along at home? don’t forget to play show & tell… upload your photos to our flickr group HERE. follow along with all of our featured bakers, crafters & sewers on twitter HERE, & tweet about the holiday-inspired “bake, craft & sew along” using the hashtag #handmadeholiday.


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