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Friday, December 10, 2010

.:Feature Friday - It's a Tradition:.

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be doing a little blog swap with Summer and look forward to getting to know some of you.

My name is Tauni and I blog at It’s a Tradition, where I talk about all sorts of traditions and how we celebrate them…

Blog HeaderToday, I will be sharing a quick tutorial on how to prepare a Christmas classic – forced paperwhites and amaryliss. These beautiful blooms can be used to inexpensively decorate your home or as a classy gift for others.

Here are a few examples to provide just a bit of inspiration before we get started:

Martha Stewart Forced Bulbs

{Inspiration photos via Martha Stewart}

One of the great things about these flowers is that the bulbs are relatively easy to grow indoors and you probably have almost everything you need around the house to get these bulbs blooming in just a few weeks.

For this project, you will need a container (free or inexpensively purchased), pebbles (about $3 to purchase), soil (about $3 to purchase), bulbs ($1.50 for paperwhites and $5 for amaryllis) and decorative moss (about $2.50).

The first step is to determine the best container for your blooms. Containers can be anything that will hold your bulbs and two to three inches of pebbles and soil. A couple of fun inexpensive options you can use are terra cotta planters, old tin cans (a great way to reuse and recycle), clear glass vases and jars (old flower vases and jars will work in a pinch) and old Christmas tins.

Here are a few examples of the containers I have tried out…

Neighbor Christmas Gift

Layer your container with a healthy scoop of pebbles and soil, filling your container about two-thirds of the way full. Add your bulb(s) with the flat bottom down, nestled in your pebbles and soil, but not buried. Top the plant off with a bit of decorative moss to finish it off.

Neighbor Christmas Gift 2

Once you’ve finished up with your container, decorate it it with a bit of ribbon, burlap or string and add a sprig or two of greenery (Rosemary is great and smells wonderful too).

Here’s one I finished off the other night that I will share with one of the neighbors. You can see just a bit of the bulb peeking up over the top of the container.

2010 Neighbor Gift

Easy-peasy, fun gift for the neighbors for about $2 and you still have plenty of time to complete this project before the holidays!

Stop on over It’s a Tradition for a fun gift tag you can add to your gift!

Thanks Summer, for letting me share this quick little tutorial on your site.

1 comment:

  1. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [11 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria


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