To me, there is nothing more intoxicating than the heady fragrance of paperwhite blossoms filling a cold room in wintertime. While visiting Terrain at Styers, a local nursery, I saw these bulbs displayed in antique desert cups. What a great idea! And since I already had cups like them at home (even better), all I needed to purchase were two bulbs. Loveliness for three dollars. Not bad.
Here's the ingredients: cups, pebbles, bulbs, water. Simple.
A woman at the shop was kind enough to give me this tip. Once roots emerge from the bottom of the bulb, switch up the water for a mixture of 7 parts water to 1 part vodka. The alcohol stunts the growth of the stems, so as to prevent the plant from becoming too leggy and flopping over. Instead, you'll have straight stocky stems with beautiful, fragrant blooms. I hope it works.
Here's something fun and easy--pine cone clusters. You'll need 7 or 8 cones - the long pointed variety - and some flexible wire (I used 28-gauge).
Cut about 24 inches of wire from the spool. Wrap the wire around the stem end of each cone.
You want to string the cones together side by side.
Join them together to form a hoop, with at least 6 inches of wire remaining on the end.
Now take your pine cone hoop and twist it into a cluster by folding the cones over each other until you get a shape that you like.
At this point you can embellish them any way you like. I chose the ribbon and rose hips for an autumnal look. But you can use glitter and what-not for Christmas.
Here's a large version waiting to be gussied up.