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New ways to decorate with poinsettias for the holidays

Give your Christmas tree a poinsettia punch by tucking in single leaves between your branches, and other holiday decorating ideas using these colorful plants.

Even a small, single pot of poinsettias can

Even a small, single pot of poinsettias can add a beautiful holiday touch to the home. Photo Credit: Getty Images iStockphoto/Ekaterina Senyutina

Poinsettias are a holiday staple. They're available at home centers, florists and grocery stores. Many schools and organizations also sell them to raise money, and at the holidays, they're a common host gift. Because of this, your house can quickly be overrun with them. With a little imagination, at poinsettia with it's colorful bracts (modified leaves) can make a wonderful addition to your holiday décor, which will also highlight their natural beauty.

Dashing display

A poinsettia's plastic or foil wrapper does nothing to show off its beautiful leaves. A great way to show them off is to simply tuck the wrappers in and move the pot into a new vessel such as an urn. This will instantly dress up both the pot and the plant — and gets that wrapper out of sight. If the poinsettia is not full enough around the base, tuck in some green moss or backfill with live plants such as English ivy. Even the small, single pots of poinsettias can add a beautiful holiday touch.

Give your Christmas tree a poinsettia punch by tucking in single leaves between your branches, or add them in a ring at the top of your tree to make your tree topper truly stand out. Refresh candle holders with a poinsettia for a good-looking holder that displays your blooms beautifully.

Festive fun

To give your poinsettias more pizzazz,  try misting the leaves lightly with water and then sprinkling lightly with fine glitter. In candlelight or twinkle lights, they will glow and shine. Another simple addition is to add some branches to the pots with poinsettias. From curly or straight ting-ting to pussy willow, adding some height in the center can give poinsettias more impact. Another simple fix? Wrap the pot with fabric, and tie with a bow that coordinates with your holiday décor.

Holiday huddle

Poinsettias look their best when grouped. If you have a large number of poinsettias, circle them around a column, wrapping burlap or other fabric around the planters. Tie with a bow for a glorious holiday statement.

Or try putting poinsettias in a child's red wagon, filling in with greenery and an oversized bow. Create attractive arrangements by adding several poinsettias to a crate, mixing with other seasonal greenery, such as Norfolk pines, cyclamen or Christmas cactus.

For something more understated, float the colorful poinsettia bracts  in a bowl of water. To make a festive first impression, add a poinsettia to a handled basket on the front door and suspend by a jaunty plaid or grosgrain ribbon. Make a statement piece out of a tall vase by putting Christmas ornaments in the base and adding a poinsettia at the top. 

To show off potted poinsettias at different heights, fill a tall planter with poinsettias and adding another pot of poinsettias at the base of the taller planter. Or, make a stairway landing pop by adding poinsettias on either side or to the first few steps.

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