These unique and easy floral Christmas gifts do not require the giver nor the receiver to have a green thumb. Recycled containers, flower bulbs or grass seed, some potting soil and pebbles is all the Christmas gift giver needs to assemble the floral DIY Christmas gifts and the gift recipient just adds water for an ‘oh wow!’ moment.
Containers for Floral DIY Christmas Gifts
Upright, non-draining containers with tight fitting lids are needed to create these easy floral DIY Christmas gifts. Decorative glass kitchen storage jars, quart sized canning jars or apothecary jars work well for this gift project. Containers can be made from any material as long as it’s non-draining and has a tight fitting lid, which is necessary to keep the floral contents secure until the growing process begins.
Floral Plants to Choose for DIY Christmas Gifts
Amaryllis bulbs, paperwhite narcissus bulbs, ryegrass or wheat grass are excellent plant choices for Christmas gifts. All are easy to grow in a container and just need water added to produce blooms or greenery in the middle of winter.
Paperwhite narcissus bulbs will produce blooms within three weeks of water being added, but amaryllis bulbs are unpredictable and will bloom when it’s good and ready. Ryegrass or wheat grass will start growing tender green blades of grass within 10 days of water being added.
How to Plant Floral DIY Christmas Gifts
Amaryllis and paper white blooms are borne on tall slender stems that look best when supported, so plant these flower bulbs in tall containers. Start the planting by placing at least two inches (more is fine) of glass beads, aquarium gravel or small pebbles in the bottom of the planting container. Gently snuggle the base of the flower bulb into the beads, gravel or pebbles only until the flower bulb base is embedded (most of the flower bulb should be visible).
To plant ryegrass or wheat grass, fill the container with dry potting soil to within one inch of the container’s top. Sprinkle the grass seeds on top until the soil is completely covered.
Lid and Tag the Floral DIY Christmas Gifts
Secure the lids onto the planting containers and attach a gift tag with care instructions with a decorative ribbon. Amaryllis and paperwhites bulbs should have water added until in just touches the base of the flower bulb and the water needs to be kept at that level.
Ryegrass and wheat grass should have the soil surface misted with water everyday. Once the recipient of the DIY Christmas gift begins to water the bulbs or seeds, the lids should remain off of the planting containers.