If flowers could talk, poinsettias might be among the most concise communicators of all. These exuberant scarlet pinwheels seem to shout one word, joyfully: Christmas!
The poinsettia's bloom period coincides with winter's holidays, its rich palette of red and green arriving just in time to ward off the gray doldrums. And, thanks to its omnipresence as a seasonal symbol, it is the country's best-selling potted flowering plant.
Poinsettias, which can be found in signature foil-wrapped pots in almost any grocery store at this time of year, lend themselves to plenty of inventive applications. Try the following decor projects this holiday season.
Poinsettia Fringe-Cuff Stocking
Adorn your mantle with poinsettia-embroidered linen stockings for a festive holiday flourish.
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If you don't have time in your hectic holiday schedule to purchase fresh poinsettias, go faux! This simple floral design is crafted from crepe paper and floral wire.
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Turn out a terrific tablescape by creating a simple poinsettia centerpiece that makes an aesthetic impact.
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Guide guests to their seats by setting the table in tissue paper poinsettias tied with twine and accented by jingle bells.
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Deck your halls--and whatever other space that needs a dose of merriment--in foil poinsettia wreaths for a vibrant pop of color. Foil sheets, a metal-ball garland, and silver beads are all you need to create these beautiful boughs.
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Toast the holiday season with a poinsettia-inspired cocktail. Cranberry juice lends the beverage its beautiful hue, while a splash of vodka and Champagne give it a kick.
Spice up your holiday season with a marzipan poinsettia-adorned orange spice cake that is seasoned to perfection.