Every Christmas I love to give poinsettias to my friends and family as gifts. I usually get mine from the grocery store to save money, but they often look a little plain. Here’s some simple ways I decorate my poinsettias so they look pretty and perfect for holiday gift giving.
But before we get started, let’s dive in to how to select the best possible poinsettia at the grocery store or nursery…
P.S. If you prefer to watch videos, scroll to the end and watch the video instead of reading.
How to Pick the Perfect Poinsettia Plant
When selecting a poinsettia, look for one with lots of dark green foliage and tightly-clustered buds. Pass on the plant if the tiny leaves surrounding the buds are partially green, the buds have started to drop off, or has any yellow, drooping, or greenish-white leaves. If the plant looks diseased or covered with insects, buy your poinsettia elsewhere.
Save your poinsettia shopping for the end of the day, as it can die in a cold car. Make sure you get it wrapped and take it inside as soon as you get home.
Now that your poinsettia is home, let’s get to the fun part. . . the decorating!
Materials for Decorating a Poinsettia Plant
First decide on the look you want for your plant. Do you want to go glam with sparkles and pretty sparkly sticks? Or do you prefer a more natural look with burlap ribbon and a few evergreen or cedar sprigs? Maybe you’d like to add a hit of colour with some winter berries?
Here’s a list of options you can use to DIY your way to a pretty and festive poinsettia centrepiece:
- a glam pot
- picks of sparkly twigs
- evergreen sprigs
- cedar springs
Here’s a Facebook live I did recently showing you how I dressed up my plain poinsettias in real time. I will post pictures of the final results on this post once the light co-operates! Oh the struggle that is trying to take decent pictures in natural light in the Winter months in Canada!!
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Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots. She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden. She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.