How to Force Paperwhites for a DIY Homemade Holiday

Homemade Holidays
Welcome November! I’ve got a series of posts for you this month. This series features DIY, homemade gifts for the holidays. The goal is to have easy, frugal projects that you can make easily do with your kiddos.

I’m starting this series with one of my favorite projects, and one that you really need to start right now.


Paperwhites I forced in a repurposed floral bowl last year.

One of my favorite hostess gifts to give – AND one of my favorite ways to decorate for the holidays – is to force paperwhites, or narcissus bulbs. (Try saying narcissus three times fast. Now you know why I always say paperwhites! 🙂

Last year I made a video on exactly how I do it and what you can expect cost-wise:

You will need to get started on this project sooner rather than later, but you should be able to have blooms in perfect timing for gift giving in the weeks just prior to Christmas.

Have you forced paperwhites before?


  1. I love paperwhites! Unfortunately, the scent is too strong for my husband. I grow them outside here; mine just started blooming a couple of days ago! We have mild winters here, and they always bloom outside in November.

  2. LOL! The smell of paperwhites – you either love it or you hate it – few are inbetween. Always wanted to plant them outside a la Southern Living, but no can do in Colorado. 🙂


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