Poinsettias are mysterious little plants—all year they're practically invisible, unseen in flower shops and grocery stories, until about three weeks before Christmas and BAM! They're sprouting up everywhere! These festive flowers are actually native of Mexico and Central America, which explains why you might be hard pressed to find one any other time of year. Their distinct red leaves make them ideal for holiday decor, but believe it or not poinsettias come in a range of colors, from white to green. Whether you decided to pot a few in a traditional hue or get funky with a pink or marbled plant, the poinsettia is sure to add bit of extra oomph to your holiday table.
Bliss Bloom Blog captures the simplicity and unmistakable shape of the poinsettia in this easy craft tutorial for Ribbon Poinsettias. Gussy up a Charlie Brown christmas tree or add a handmade touch to gift wrap with these bold blooms.
Off all the folklore that surrounds the winter holidays, poinsettias probably stand to take the most beatings as a mythically poisonous plant. Dating back to the early 19th century, it was believed that the poinsettia was a highly potent plant, yet somehow it still remained a staple of holiday tradition. Believe it or not, this is all a bunch of hooey, these potent plants are rather benign, though I wouldn't recommend tossing them into your salad for Christmas dinner. If you do, however, get the urge to munch on our pointy-leaved friends, why not opt for a sweeter treat like these Poinsettia Meringues found over on Bird's Party Blog.
The holiday season wouldn't be complete without festive door decor. A wonderful way to welcome guests in from the cold after long trips or intense baking sessions, wreathes, bells and other spirited decorations are often a sight for sore eyes. This Felt and Yarn Wreath found on Itz Fitz's Etsy shop is only one of the fabulous finds this decor diva had in store. Check out many handmade holiday wreathes after the jump!