How To Make a Poinsettia Topiary

Do you like to have poinsettia’s out for Christmas? Well, me too, but I don’t love them after the holidays. I want to show you how to make a poinsettia topiary to give them a bit of a different look after Christmas.

I’m not typically a fan of hanging on to my poinsettias after Christmas. In fact, they usually go out with the Christmas decor.

A couple of years ago, Kathy at R.House, shared a genius idea that I borrowed, and I want to share it with you.

After all of my Christmas is put away, and I want to give a little refresh to the house, I make a topiary out of all of my poinsettias that I used for Christmas.

Since my holiday decor is all neutral, I always buy the white poinsettias. This way, they not only go with my Christmas decor, they work perfectly in my house after Christmas.

white poinsettia in black nursery pot sitting on wood bench

supplies for making a poinsettia topiary


garden clippers or scissors

twine, ribbon or yarn

how to make a poinsettia topiary

First, you will want to cut all of the lower leaves off of your plant.

Next, take your twine, ribbon or yarn and wrap around the base of the stems of the plant and tie in a knot.

white poinsettia with lower leaves removed in black nursery pot and twine tied around bottom of stems

Start wrapping around all of the branches and bringing them together as closely as possible. Be careful not to break the branches, as they can be fragile.

You can wrap the stems solid, or try what I did and just criss cross the twine now and again. And actually, I believe Kathy just tied hers together at the top of the stems, just below the flowers.

white poinsettia with lower leaves removed in black nursery pot and twine tied around around stems to create a topiary

It’s totally up to you and the look you prefer.

When you get to the top of the stems, right below the base of the flowers, tie your twine in a knot and cut off excess.

And that’s it!

white poinsettia made into topiary sitting in white cast iron urn on top of vintage book in front of vintage mirror beside vintage wooden clock
white poinsettia made into topiary sitting in vintage flower pot on basket tray on wooden bench with white candle beside pot
last year’s topiary

I hope you enjoyed seeing how to make a poinsettia topiary!

An updated version of a traditional poinsettia that will take you through the winter months.

If you make one, I would love for you to share. I love hearing from you!!


And by the way, if you aren’t following Kathy at r.house_ on Instagram, you are missing out! Her home and account are fabulous!!

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