There is always someone on my list each year that will get an amaryllis bulb and why not? They are absolutely gorgeous when they bloom. The recipient gets to enjoy watching them grow. And their care requirements are pretty simple. You can even mail order them and have them shipped if you need to. What I don’t like about them is they often come in these ugly ‘gift ready’ boxes. This one is particularly ugly with it’s cheesy purple background. So what I do is spruce them up a bit. The process is easy and fun to do and a great project for children to help with.
1 bulb kit
1 6″ saucer (make sure the saucer and pot fit together on the top because the saucer becomes your lid)
1 1″ Sponge Brush 1″
1 bottle of Acrylic Paint, Engine Red
1 bottle of Acrylic Paint, Wicker White
1 small artists brush with a round handle that has a flat end or small dowel
Step one: Paint the upper rim of the pot and saucer using the sponge brush and red paint. The beauty of using a sponge brush is you can easily coat the rim and get a pretty straight line without having to mask the pot. Just use the edge as your guide. Remember this is handmade and it doesn’t have to be perfect. The paint will be absorbed pretty readily by the clay so expect to do two coats. Let dry
Step two: Pour some white paint onto a saucer and dip the handle end of the brush or dowel into the paint then dab onto the pot. The brush handle makes an almost perfect raised circle on the pot. To keep the size of your circles fairly consistent, dip the handle in the paint, tap the paint end on the saucer (like you are painting with it) then tap on the pot. Here I used a series of circular patterns but you can also use the dots to rim the top and bottom edges of the raised edge. The width of the brush handle will determine the size dots you make. Let dry overnight.
Step three: Assemble your creation. In this case I placed the plastic pot that came with the bulb right inside the terra cotta pot. On top of that I added the bag of soil (comes with the kit) and the bulb. To dress it up I added some chartreuse reindeer moss which can be used as a top dressing once it is planted.
Step four: Cut the photo of the bulb and the instructions off the package and glue together. Punch a hole in the top of the flower and thread on a piece of ribbon. Place the saucer on top of the pot and tie a bow. Affixing a the ribbon on the bottom of the pot with a bit of tape will stop it from slipping.
You now have an upscaled amaryllis that is ready to give in a reusable package.
This also works well with paperwhites and you can see instructions on how to complete those (and another style of pot) here.