How to Make a Poinsettia Centerpiece

1-2 hours

Brilliantly colored poinsettias are a beautiful reminder of the holiday season

Make a Poinsettia Centerpiece

Poinsettias are beautiful enough to stand alone on a holiday table. But, you can also make them into a Christmas centerpiece by adding small plants and fresh-cut greenery. When warm weather returns, remove the poinsettias and tuck in flowering plants to freshen the centerpiece for spring.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT

MATERIALS

1
DECIDE THE HEIGHT
Decide height - How to Make Poinsettia Centerpiece

Decide how tall to make your centerpiece. Make sure it won’t block the view across your table.

2
CHOOSE YOUR PLANTER
Choose your planter - How to Make Poinsettia Centerpiece

Use a 10-inch bulb pan or planter that measures about 10-inches in diameter and 5-inches tall. Optional: Place the planter in a pretty basket and add a bow.

3
ADD SAUCER
Add saucer - How to Make Poinsettia Centerpiece

If your planter has a drainage hole, use a saucer or tray to protect your table.

4
ADD POTTING SOIL
Add potting soil - How to Make Poinsettia Centerpiece

Fill the planter 2/3 full of potting soil with fertilizer.

5
TRANSPLANT POINSETTIA
Transplant poinsettia - How to Make Poinsettia Centerpiece

• Slip the poinsettia out of its pot and gently loosen the roots.
• Do the same with the other potted plants.

6
ARRANGE PLANTS AS DESIRED
Arrange plants as desired - How to Make Poinsettia Centerpiece

• Arrange your plants as desired. Try the “thriller, spiller, filler” design.
• The poinsettia is the thriller, or the focus, of the arrangement.
• Spillers are smaller plants that spill or trail over the edge of the planter.
• Fillers are mounded plants used to fill out your arrangement. For a seasonal look, use fresh evergreen cuttings as fillers.

7
ADD SOIL
Add soil - How to Make a Poinsettia Centerpiece

Add enough soil to cover the roots and firm gently.

8
WATER THE SOIL
Water the soil - How to Make Poinsettia Centerpiece

Water to settle the soil. Drain any excess.

9
ADD HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS
Add holiday ornaments - How to Make Poinsettia Centerpiece

Optional: Attach holiday ornaments to hanging wire and insert into the arrangement.