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.
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
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
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.
Make It: How to Make a Felt Poinsettia
6: Add to a 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 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
Add some modern folk to your holiday table with cross-stitched poinsettia napkins. [Download our free printable poinsettia pattern](http://www.hgtv.com/content/dam/documents/HGTV/2015/Original_Kristin-Guy-HostingHolidays-poinsettia-napkins.pdf?syc=applenews_hgtv-christmas-dinner-recipes-for-the-novice-host), and [follow our easy instructions to make your own>>](http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/handmade/how-to-make-poinsettia-cross-stitch-napkins?syc=applenews_hgtv-christmas-dinner-recipes-for-the-novice-host)
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10: Make Your Own Ornaments
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.
Make It: How to Make a Felt Poinsettia
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.
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.