paperwhites growing kits in a can
{from under the table & dreaming}

by @according2kelly on November 30, 2013

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


so dust off your sewing machine, & head on over to skip to my lou for some fabulous sewing projects. rev up your mixers, & visit a southern fairytale for lots of edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes you definitely don’t want to miss.

today, our featured blogger is one of my personal favorites – stephanie lynn, the amazing blogger behind under the table and dreaming.

paperwhites growing kits {in a can}

Happy Holidays! I’m Stephanie Lynn from Under the Table and Dreaming. I’m so excited to join Kelly again for this years Bake Craft Sew.

Each holiday season, I always like to pre-make a few gifts and have them on hand for those unexpected occasions. I love passing on (and receiving) gifts that keep on giving and I don’t think you can go wrong with paperwhites this time of year. The are incredibly easy to care for and once they bloom, the flowers will last throughout the holidays and beyond.

In the past I have put together Paperwhite Growing Kit Gifts which gives the recipient all the necessary materials to plant the bulbs – even including the pot to grow them in. This year though, I thought it would be fun to get my little guy involved in the growing process and force the bulbs ourself.

It takes just 7-10 days to stimulate the growth of paperwhite bulbs. My little guy loves watching the roots emerge and grow day by day – and the experience is just as exciting as seeing the first flower bloom.

To force the paperwhite (narcissus) bulbs place them in a shallow dish on a bed of pebbles – then fill the dish with water until it reaches the bottom of the bulbs. Place the dish in a sunny location and make sure the water level is always filled enough to touch the base of the bulbs. Once the foliage leaves emerge, the dish should be moved out of the direct sunlight to prolong the flower development… That is when we plant them in dirt and get them ready to pass along to others.

As mentioned above, paperwhites are very easy to grow and can survive in a number of containers. Pretty much any container you have on hand would work – even glass jars, as drainage holes are not necessary. We up-cycled some tin cans from my little guys feeding formula and wrapped them with a variety of plaid fabric scraps and ribbon.

Paperwhite Gifts
Add a layer of rocks or pebbles to the bottom of the container.

Then fill the containers with a small amount of potting soil – nestle in the bulbs and top off with additional soil until the roots are covered. Only the bottom 1/3 of the bulb should be covered with the soil. Multiple bulbs can be planted close together – but should not touch each other.

We embellished our cans with some handmade paper pinwheel gift tags.

These are another simple project that can be made in minutes with some cardstock or patterened scrapbook paper. I’ve made a set of printables for the center messages that can be printed right from your home printer. They can be downloaded here: Printable Pinwheel Tags

The full step by step tutorial for the pinwheels can be found here: Handmade Paper Pinwheel Gift Tags

Thanks so much Kelly for inviting me back for another year of fabulous Bake Craft & Sew projects.
I hope each of you and your families have a wonderful holiday season!

Under the Table and Dreaming By Stephanie LynnStephanie Lynn has a passion for do-it-yourself decor, home projects, and anything that keeps her creative mind busy. She enjoys the challenge of designing projects on her own; preferably using repurposed items when possible. As a mother to one special needs child, she enjoys adding a touch of whimsy and fun to the simple and classic styles that influence her the most. She believes style does not have to be compromised by a budget; no matter what that budget may be. Her blog, Under the Table and Dreaming is dedicated to inspiring others to find their inner creativity by sharing a variety of simple projects, fun crafts and occasional recipes.

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