You can find them everywhere this time of year, and though they do come in many pretty shapes and sizes now, the average poinsettia in a pot can be a little boring. Why not make a poinsettia arrangement for the holidays by cutting the flowers and placing them in a vase?
Easy Poinsettia Arrangement for the Holidays
Usually this plant comes with a large abundance of flowers, giving you plenty to work with in your arrangement. Using a cute bowl or vase, you can make this compact beauty in about 15 minutes. More importantly, it should last for a least a week. Just one more task that you can complete ahead of time.
FUN FACT: Did you know that the color petals we refer to as flowers are actually bracts or leaves. The true flowers are the little green clusters in the middle.
I like to use floral foam, though many dislike using it due to the fact that it is not biodegradable. If you don’t want to use floral foam aka Oasis®, you can make a crisscross pattern at the top with tape to hold the flowers, as shown this post on how to make a dried hydrangea basket. Chicken wire is another option.
The interesting thing about poinsettias is that they ooze a white sap when you cut them.
Make sure you burn the tip to cauterize the wound. This will help the flower last longer.
Now all you need to do is stick a few flowers into the foam, or within your taped pattern. I like this tight pavé like style, with all the flowers close to the lip of the vase. It keeps the arrangement nice and low, so that you can easily talk to each other across the table.
You could also add a pretty candle in the middle.
A $7 pot from Trader Joe’s yielded more than enough flowers to make two poinsettia arrangements. I wish I had two of the same vases, so that I could have one at each end of the table. Instead I’ll place the remaining flowers in a simple vase, to brighten another spot in the house.