Garden Gift: Forced Flower Bulbs

Create a lovely garden gift by potting up amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs, for a gift that keeps on giving.
Flower Bulb Gift

Flower Bulb Gift

Photo by: Hortus Ltd./Mark Fonville

Hortus Ltd./Mark Fonville

Amaryllis and Paperwhites forced in pretty milk glass jars are a wonderful hostess gift.

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Beautiful forced amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs are a great way to bring the garden into your gift giving, and remind everyone about spring coming right around the corner. You can grab these bulbs from your local garden center, and hire the kids to help assemble the jars.

Flower Bulbs Hostess Gift

Flower Bulbs Hostess Gift

Photo by: Hortus Ltd./Mark Fonville

Hortus Ltd./Mark Fonville

Part of the pleasure of giving the gift of a bulb is the surprise when the flowers finally bloom. Use pebbles or river rocks to adjust flower bulbs to the perfect height.


  • Amaryllis and paperwhite bulbs 
  • Jars* 
  • Stones
  • Twine 


Fill your jars with a handful of stones from your garden or craft store. If you use an opaque jar like I did, then something simple like gravel will work perfectly. If you choose a clear jar, then try more decorative stones like river rocks or colorful glass gems. 

Position the bulb to where about half of it is visible in the top of the jar. 

Tie a holiday ribbon or colorful twine around the top and attach a note with directions to just add water.

*I used Creamware Pint Jars from

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