If you’re like me, you can’t resist having poinsettias in the house for the holidays. Year after year I find myself picking up several plants around Thanksgiving time. Usually a couple for the hearth of the fireplace, one for the dining room table, and another for hubby’s desk at his office. What I always seem to forget is how sad they sometimes look by the time Christmas rolls around. Whether it’s too much water, not enough water, a light exposure issue, or placed too close to a heating vent, my poinsettias sometimes look a little worn and tired.
Jeffery Rudell, paper artist and author of Paper Blooms, has a beautiful alternative—paper poinsettias. Yup, come December 31, they’ll still look bright and perky. Going to a party and need a hostess gift? A pretty paper poinsettia would make a great one.
While it may look complicated, Jeffery assures us that, “The poinsettia is an easy project. The leaves and red petals (bracts) are essentially the same shape, though they vary to some degree in size. The leaves and bracts do not need to be cut with precision. The truth is, the more inexact these pieces are, the better and more natural your poinsettia will look. Granted, a realistic poinsettia bush does require a rather large number of pieces, but some simple skills, a little assembly line, and some patience is all that is required for success.” Sounds like a good holiday project to do with the kids! How-to instructions are here.