Paperwhites remind me of Christmas. They are elegant and snowy white and organic and have a heady sweet smell.

 They mix wonderfully with evergreen branches and twinkling lights. They look stately grouped with Poinsettias and can be a resplendent flurry-of-white when grouped together.
Paperwhites make lovely and thoughtful living gifts that will give the recipient a season of pleasure and blooms! It’s especially fun to give a single bulb in a ball jar! Given at Christmas, these flowers will bloom in January and February… just when we all need a little something blooming in our lives!
These showy booms are easy to plant and force and grow. Here’s how…
I planted my paperwhites on my back porch potting bench.
paperwhite bulbs
gravel, small stones, or glass pebbles
wide mouth half pint ball jars
screw on lids for ball jars
 Fill ball jar 3/4 full of small stones.
 Paperwhites do not need soil. They just need the stones to support their roots and to help hold them upright.
 Place the paperwhite bulb on top of the stones with the tip up.
 Screw on the jar lid 
 Add a bow or twine…
 Add a tag with instructions…
And here’s how they look placed in a kitchen arrangement just a few week’s later…
 Paperwhites will bloom in about 6 weeks… just in time to enjoy for the Christmas season!
 Remember to pin this to your Chirstmas or DIY Pinterest board. You can follow me on Pinterest HERE. I’m pinning lots of Christmas ideas.




  1. says

    I wasn’t kidding when I said I was looking at them. :)
    I love paperwhites…even if they stink.
    They’re so delicate and pretty. I’m gonna have to dress mine up some now. I really like the ribbon and greenery.

  2. says

    That’s an awesome idea! I need to get some bulbs. I grew some a couple of years ago and enjoyed them. I like the stone idea because I could see the roots too much in my jar and I didn’t care for it. Love the accent with the ribbon and pine branch! Great idea!

  3. says

    Wanting desperately to plant paperwhites this year. I’ll admit I’m quite nervous…I have a BLACK thumb!!! Going to give them a try, dear friend! Your way sounds easy peasy and foolproof!!! Wish me luck!

  4. says

    Yvonne I love this gift idea! It’s so funny, because I just made a little video of how to plant paperwhites for a Christmas tablescape (I haven’t published it yet). Good minds think a like. Have a beautiful week.

  5. says

    Very nice-A great gift that folks will enjoy watching grow! Don’t forget to stick the bulb(s) in the ground once spent (I’ve planted them in the spring but they should really be stored until fall), I’ve had success with them growing the next spring.

  6. says

    My husband and I host an annual Christmas dinner party for our friends each year. This year will be our 11th. Each year I try to give each couple something special to take home as a party gift. I think I just found this years gift.These are so lovely. You inspired me today, for this I say thank you from the bottom of my heart! Love Patty

  7. says

    What a lovely way to give paperwhites as gifts. I included at the party today how I plant paperwhites for use indoors in our home over the holidays. I use a larger container and more bulbs, but you are right–they are very easy to grow, and bloom just at a time of year when I start to miss my flowers out in the garden!

  8. KellyinPA says

    Love this idea! I think I will give these as gifts to the ladies in our small group that meets in our home on Sunday nights. When is the best time to make them to give out right before Christmas?

  9. says

    Yvonne, Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful project. My husband and I garden and collect paperwhites every year to give to friends. I love the way you displayed them in the jelly jars. So cute and the ribbon, love it!


  10. says

    Yvonne, I just finished making the jars with the Paperwhite bulbs. I’m taking the jars to friends tomorrow. I had so much fun making them. Love all your creativity! Thank you for sharing with all of us. Love this season of giving!!

  11. says

    Well, now I know what I’m going to do in the next couple of days — prep some paper whites for Valentine’s Day! Thanks for the instructions — love the Mason jar idea. They’re cute and portable!

  12. Anonymous says

    Wow! I’m semi-retired from teaching, but now I “sub.” I was looking for an idea to give to all the teachers for whom I have subbed this year. This is a GREAT idea! It’s simple and I don’t have to worry if it’s something they like to eat! Yea!!!! This idea made my day!!!!!

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