20 Ways to Decorate With Poinsettias for the Holidays

There's still plenty of time to add Christmas' classic flowering plant to your decor.

If there’s one flowering plant that screams Christmas, it's the poinsettia. In either red, white or even pink, they always manage to bring the traditional holiday spirit to whatever space they’re in.

Though poinsettias are beautiful plants, they can sometimes look a bit cheesy if they're not done right. Do you know what I mean? I found some beautiful ideas for using poinsettias to create a chic Christmas look for the happiest of holidays. Take a look:

1: Cover Your (Entire!) Tree

If you really, truly, madly love poinsettias, use them to cover your entire Christmas tree. This would be an especially stunning display if you have several trees in your home and you’re looking to mix up displays. While this example shows a very large tree, this design works well on smaller trees, too.

2: Swap Out Your Plants

An easy way to incorporate poinsettias into your existing decor is to swap out any plants you might already have. They look great on plant stands (and happen to be the same size as many common houseplants), so they’re easy to substitute. Relocate your existing plants to another space in your home, then after the holiday season you can easily put them back.

23 Pretty Poinsettias

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'Ice Punch'

The bright white center of the 'Ice Punch' pops against the deep fuchsia leaves.

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'Marco Polo'

The 'Marco Polo' variety has a soft, frosted salmon color.

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'Glace' Poinsettia

The elegant 'Glace' poinsettia features bright white bracts.

Photo By: Image courtesy of the Biltmore Company

'Mars Pink'

Who says poinsettias can’t be pink? The 'Mars Pink' has a dark pink center and light pink leaves. 

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'Valentine'

The 'Valentine' features rose-shaped bracts and dark green foliage.

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'Christmas Season' Pink

This 'Christmas Season' poinsettia boasts large, impressive bracts on sturdy stems making them great for container planting.

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'Sonora White Glitter'

The bracts of this pretty poinsettia are speckled with white and red and then set off by deep green leaves for a novel take on this favorite holiday plant.

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'Princettia Pink'

This image of 'Princettia Pink' poinsettias was photographed at the annual University of Florida poinsettia sale.

'Prestige Red'

With bright red leaves and dark green foliage, the 'Prestige Red' is the classic holiday poinsettia.

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'Marble Star'

Salmons and creams are hot for the holiday season. Mix 'Marble Star' in with traditional red poinsettias for a layered look.

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'Ice Crystal'

The bi-color bracts of the 'Ice Crystal' variety add a weathered, slightly snowy look.

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Super Mini 'Winter Rose Red'

Mix in a small variety for visual interest. The Super Mini 'Winter Rose Red' variety works well on the tabletop for dinner parties or wedding receptions.

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'Cortez Electric Fire'

The leaves of the 'Cortez Electric Fire' variety have a rich scarlet-orange color that pulls fall and winter together.

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'Cortez Early Red'

The 'Cortez Early Red' features smooth leaves and a dark red color.

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'Early Orion Red'

One of the first poinsettias of the season, the 'Early Orion Red' helps you get that front porch ready right after Thanksgiving.

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'Mira Red'

The 'Mira Red' has a bold, bright and warm look that works well in winter displays.

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'Cortez Burgundy'

The 'Cortez Burgundy' has a rich ruby color. 

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'Mars White'

A little cream goes a long way in your holiday displays with the 'Mars White'. 

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'Advent Red' Poinsettia

The 'Advent Red' poinsettia has intense red blooms and dark green leaves and is featured during the holidays in the Biltmore Estate's Conservatory.

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'Burgundy'

The 'Burgundy' like to be kept in bright, indirect light and features a rich wine color.

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'Peppermint Twist'

The 'Peppermint Twist' has dark green leaves and pink-speckled bracts.

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Poinsettia Arrangement

With their intense red bracts, poinsettias make for a gorgeous winter display alongside other greenery, as seen in the Biltmore Estate's Conservatory, where a tower of poinsettias is set off by a white metal bench. 

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'Ice Punch'

These poinsettias feature variegated garnet and cream bracts and look especially pretty when presented in groups.

3: Create a Chic Centerpiece

Poinsettias provide a beautiful splash of color to your holiday table. This version uses fragrant pinecones, greenery, red poinsettia flowers and sparkly ornament balls to set the scene. For a simpler centerpiece, try lining up smaller poinsettia plants along the table.

4: Dress the Mantel

Christmas Mantel

Christmas Mantel

Handmade stockings, evergreen topiaries, poinsettia cuttings and a variety of shimmering holiday baubles create this traditional Christmas mantel.

5: Mix Into Fresh Garland

Holiday Felt Poinsettia Garland

Holiday Felt Poinsettia Garland

Dress up your banister's garland with handmade fabric poinsettias. To add an extra layer of visual interest, trace leaves directly onto fabric using a marker or chalk. Next, cut along the traced leaf silhouette with scissors. Once cut, layer several pieces of fabric together, and fasten with a needle and thread. Finish with a button to add instant graphic pattern and classic holiday charm with minimum expense.

Poinsettia flowers (real or faux) also look great mixed in with traditional Christmas greenery. Here, they're tucked into a lush garland all along the banister, creating a stunning holiday entry.

6: Add to a Wreath

Poinsettia Wreath

Poinsettia Wreath

A foraged greenery wreath with tallow berries, 'Carolina Sapphire' cypress, magnolia, Scotch pine, nandina berries, pine cones, camellia branches and boxwood serves as the perfect base for poinsettias in water picks. The wreath is a festive adornment to the white and pink Southern front porch. Styled by Cote Designs .

Photo by: Photo courtesy of Lauren Carnes Photography

Photo courtesy of Lauren Carnes Photography

Poinsettia is the perfect embellishment for a front-door holiday wreath. A foraged greenery wreath is dressed up with tallow berries, 'Carolina Sapphire' cypress, magnolia, Scotch pine, nandina berries, pinecones, camellia branches, boxwood and, of course, pretty poinsettias in water picks.

8: Embellish Linens

Cross-Stitched Poinsettia Napkins

Cross-Stitched Poinsettia Napkins

Add some modern folk to your holiday table with cross-stitched poinsettia napkins.

Even if you don’t have any poinsettia plants, you can still use it as part of your Christmas decor. These linen napkins feature easy, DIY cross-stitched poinsettia designs for instant holiday cheer.

9: Group Together

Unexpected Containers

Unexpected Containers

Add a fun, unique arrangement on a porch or mailbox, and celebrate the giving spirit this holiday season. Arrangements of poinsettias and greenery in Thermos containers of different sizes and styles can brighten your mailman's day. You can leave notes for neighbors on tags and place them on their porches as gifts to brighten up the front of each house. Styled by Cote Designs .

Photo by: Photo courtesy of Lauren Carnes Photography

Photo courtesy of Lauren Carnes Photography

Poinsettias often tend to work best on the front porch. Instead of using traditional pots, an insulated container can be full of character, patterns and holiday colors to brighten up your exterior.

10 Ways to Decorate Your Porch With Poinsettias

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Festive Front Porch

When hosting guests for the holidays, Karin Jeffcoat of Cote Designs says it's important to consider the feel and ambiance of each part of your home, starting with the front porch. She used poinsettias in wreaths and for other special touches to put together a beautiful and creative creation to wow guests upon arrival.

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Poinsettia Wreath

A foraged greenery wreath with tallow berries, 'Carolina Sapphire' cypress, magnolia, Scotch pine, nandina berries, pine cones, camellia branches and boxwood serves as the perfect base for poinsettias in water picks. The wreath is a festive adornment to the white and pink Southern front porch. Styled by Cote Designs.

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Lauren Carnes Photography

Use Your Statuary

Dressing up the statuary on the porch adds a festive touch for the holiday season. This lamb's poinsettia collar fits perfectly with the sprawling porch's Christmas decor. Styled by Cote Designs.

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Bouquet in a Basket

A handled woven basket on a table can hold a festive floral arrangement using poinsettias and foraged camellias from the garden. Styled by Cote Designs.

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Pick Wisely

Explore ideas such as incorporating the pink poinsettias in your holiday decor. You also can create arrangements incorporating both colors - red and pink - for variety. Add foraged greenery from the garden, or even a few clippings from your Christmas tree. Styled by Cote Designs.

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Lauren Carnes Photography

Unexpected Containers

Add a fun, unique arrangement on a porch or mailbox, and celebrate the giving spirit this holiday season. Arrangements of poinsettias and greenery in Thermos containers of different sizes and styles can brighten your mailman's day. You can leave notes for neighbors on tags and place them on their porches as gifts to brighten up the front of each house. Styled by Cote Designs.

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Lauren Carnes Photography

Greeting at the Gate

A basket full of poinsettias and greenery adorns an iron gate, with a cute pair of boots holding the popular holiday plants to the side. Styled by Cote Designs.

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Lauren Carnes Photography

Antique Holder

An antique, French iron basket is filled with moss and topped with gorgeous poinsettias. Instead of simply placing the poinsettias in a pot on the ground, these poinsettias serve as a focal point at eye level. Styled by Cote Designs.

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Lauren Carnes Photography

One Step at a Time

A simple way to decorate outside is by placing poinsettias in shoes, such as riding or cowboy boots. These red boots fit perfectly In an equestrian-centered town like Aiken, S.C. Styled by Cote Designs.

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Different Kind of Red Carpet Welcome

Poinsettias can be festive greeters. When you have wide steps, you can stagger their layout - instead of clumping them together - to make a big impact.

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10: Make Your Own Ornaments

Oversized Ornaments on Lighted Christmas Tree

Oversized Ornaments on Lighted Christmas Tree

Consider adding two or three oversized ornaments or embellishments to your Christmas tree. This is the best way to pull together a color scheme and play with pattern mixing. Designer Britany Simon created these black, white and red poinsettias from solid-colored felt and patterned cottons. Once added to the tree, they become the first thing guests notice then help draw the eye around the room to other coordinating design elements.

Designer Britany Simon created these black, white and red poinsettias from solid-colored felt and patterned cottons.

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Poinsettia Decor

Upcycle wine bottles to make a festive vase for light poinsettia blossoms for your holiday decor.

Assembling the bottles

You will need: 7 empty wine bottles/tray/grapevine/floral wire/wire cutters/twine/scissors/water and funnel/2 medium sized poinsettia plants. Soak wine bottles in warm soapy water overnight. Carefully remove the labels with a razor blade. Rinse and air dry.

Attaching the grapevine

Place the bottles on the tray you will use for display. One bottle should be in the middle with six surrounding it. Wrap lengths of grapevine tightly around the bottles. Secure the grapevine with a piece of floral wire and twist tightly with the wire cutters.

Grouping the grapevine

Secure the grapevine pieces with one wire surrounding all of them. Repeat in the back of the display. Trim away any excess wire and bend the tails over.

Adding the twine

Fold a long length of twine (about a yard) in half. Tie a knot around the grapevine cluster leaving a tail on one end about 8 inches long.

Wrapping the grapevine

Use the two loose tails to wrap from the center of the knot outward in either direction. When you have covered the wire, wrap the twine back toward the center.

Finishing the twine

Use the tails to make a knot and bow in the center of the twine wrap.

Filling the bottles

Use a funnel and water to fill the bottles up to the base of the neck of the bottles.

Placing the stems

Cut the poinsettia plants with long stems (about 7 or 8 inches). Trim away any leaves and place stems in the bottles.

Wine Bottle Poinsettia Decor

Grapevine and twine add a rustic yet elegant touch to these wine bottles used as a vase for your holiday arrangement.

Rainboot Poinsettia Arrangement

Add some whimsy to your holiday decor with this simple floral arrangement.

Filling the boots

You will need: Old rain boots (we found ours in the girls section of a thrift store for $5)/potting soil/2 medium sized poinsettia plants/water. Fill the boots with soil up to about 6 inches from the top of the boots. Remove the poinsettias from their packaging and gently loosen up the root balls. Place the plants in the boots and add additional soil as needed. Water the plants every couple of days.

Rainboot Poinsettia Arrangement

These boots placed next to a stack of gifts will brighten any corner for the holidays.

Rainboot Poinsettia Arrangement

Add some holiday flair to your entry with these quirky and fun poinsettia-filled rainboots.

Poinsettia Filled Skates Door Decor

You will need: Pair of old ice skates (we found ours in the girls section of a thrift store for $8)/plastic water bottles/scissors/medium poinsettia plant or artificial poinsettia stems/door hanger/fabric or raffia bow. Clean the skates thoroughly. Cut the top of the water bottles off with a pair of scissors. Place the water bottles in the heel of the skates. Add soil and poinsettia plants or fill with artificial stems. Tie a knot at the tops of the laces. Install door hanger and hang skates with laces. Finish with a bow.

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