Poinsettias have become almost a Christmas cliché - obligatorily plopped on desks and tables everywhere you look this time of year, usually still inside the shiny plastic sleeve they were purchased in. Poinsettia can be really beautiful with even the tiniest bit of effort. So, in honor of National Poinsettia Day today (an actual holiday by decree of Congress!), here are some "out of the sleeve" ideas to inspire you.
Above, poinsettia stems are displayed individually in vintage bottles on One Kings Lane's style blog.
Here they are low and mixed with greens; the wood boxes and bark accents give a nice contrast (seen on The Telegraph).
A pink and gold tablescape with large poinsettia stems in a glass vase with branches, gold ball ornaments and cranberry potpourri on Lotus Haus.
A poinsettia tree could be a Christmas tree alternative in a small home or as a regal holiday decoration in an entryway. Southern Living has a tutorial for how to make one.
Here, pink poinsettias are nestled in a vintage wood ammunition box (seen on A Heart's Desire).
Mix them with other flowers you love, shown here with roses and kale, for a centerpiece. Arrangement by La Fleur Vintage.
Tip: If you do use poinsettia stems to decorate, be sure to sear them so they'll last longer. You can Google it or use these instructions on eHow.