I've been relatively obsessed with the idea of forcing flowers, from bulbs, this winter season. The thought of incorporating fresh blooms inside, while everything outside looks bleak, just seems like a no-brainer. Funny though, I've never actually tried it.
So, I did some basic research and decided on Narcissus, or more commonly knows, Paperwhites. Other seasonal options include amaryllis, but I liked the idea of the Paperwhites' cluster of smaller, more delicate flowers.
After putting together a large arrangement of my own, I realized others would probably enjoy receiving these too! So, here's a quick, thrifty and pretty gift that any hostess would be thrilled to receive.
DIY: Narcissus Holiday Hostess Gift
Floral rocks or stones
Source Narcissus bulbs. If you are planning to make a few as gifts, like I did, a bulk order is typically the most economical. I found mine on Amazon, 10 for $17.95 (Prime).
Fill a glass jar or vessel with floral rocks or stones about half way.
I found both of these products at the Dollar Tree.
Step 3: Remove any loose, dried paper from each bulb. Place a bulb in the center of the vessel.
If the bulb has growth (the green/white part coming out the top in the pic below), this is the flower stem. Ensure this part is facing up, and the roots (which might not be visible) go down.
Step 4: Top with additional stones, so the bulb easily "stands" upright without assistance.
Step 5: Finish with decorative ribbon + "care tag".
On a small gift tag, include the following care instructions:
- Water only up to base of bulb. Soggy bulbs can easily rot.
- Keep bulbs away from direct sunlight, at first.
- Check rooting by gently tugging on bulb. Once roots are present, move bulbs to a sunny window.
-Check water daily. Bulbs in active growth dry out in 1-2 days.
All in, this DIY Holiday Hostess Gift cost me $5 each to make. Cheaper than a bottle of wine! Plus, the bottle of wine will go quick, while this gift will warm your friends home all season long.
What do you think? Share your thoughts below!