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The New Poinsettia: How to Decorate with a Christmas Classic in a Modern Way

updated Jul 15, 2020
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I feel like I’ve been conditioned to despise Poinsettias. They’re everywhere this time of year. And so cheap and easy to find—I guarantee you can get one for $5 right now at the grocery. I thought there was no luster left for me when it comes to the common Poinsettia, but these modern takes on the colorful flowery plant have made me reconsider. I think I’ll pick one up on my way home tonight.

The New Poinsettia is all about presentation. First step: Lose the plastic sleeve (even, nay… especially if it’s covered with a cutesy holiday print). Then, get creative with the flowery red or white or green foliage.

You can cut stems from your Poinsettia plant, arranging each faux bloom into separate vases or mixing them into a bouquet with a variety of flowers (or even succulents). I bet you’ll fall in love all over again. To help your pretties last until the new year, here are tips to make Poinsettias last longer.

  1. Deconstructed Poinsettia Centerpiece, Julie Blanner
  2. Simple arrangements with Privet berries, Tulipina*
  3. A succulent planter featuring Poinsettia, jade & sedum, My Verandah
  4. The Delightful Poinsettia, Tulipina*
  5. Pixie Poinsettias, Saipua
  6. Cut Poinsettias, Better Homes & Gardens
  7. Exotic holiday bouquet, Gardenista
  8. Mini Star Poinsettia place setting, Better Homes & Gardens
  9. Poinsettias in vintage bottles, One Kings Lane
  10. Poinsettas in wine bottles, Better Homes & Gardens

* I had to pick just two, but Tulipina has a bunch more stunning Poinsettia arrangements here, here and here.