Yesterday was International Poinsettia Day, which celebrates the day of the beautiful Mexican Christmas flower. I had these EVERYWHERE in my house growing up and they are making a bit of a stir here in the UK where people have started to use them to adorn their Christmas decorations much like they do across Central and South America.
I was lucky enough to celebrate the occasion with a wreath making session with Okishima & Simmonds, a team of two absolutely lovely girls who started their own floristry business a few years ago. Recently they were commissioned to make an amazing Poinsettia dress in honour of the day, which you can read all about on their website.
Jess walked me through the steps of making a Poinsettia wreath while her business partner Chikae took a few snaps of me trying my hand at it… Chikae is also the photographer for the O&S website, so I was very lucky to have her behind the camera for this! They had decorations and baubles galore but Jess and I opted for a simple and traditional design, which was so easy to do from home. They had so many helpful tips, like how to keep the temperamental poinsettias alive for longer on a wreath… it was a great session and I learnt so much!
What you need:
Posy Pad Ring
20 Small red & white poinsettia plants.
Rose Hip Sprigs
Cup of hot water and cup of cold water
Straw Flower pins
- Soak Posy Pad Ring
- Arrange foliage around the outside of the wreath, inserting them directly into the foam posy pad and using the straw flower pins to secure.
- Cut the poinsettia plant at the base of the stem.
- Leave the freshly cut stem in hot water for a minute followed by cold water for 30 seconds. (This “cauterizes” the stem enabling it to last longer on the wreath…. a great O&S tip Jess taught me!)
- Arrange the poinsettias on the face of the posy pad ring one by one repeating the process above.
- Finish with green foliage on the inside section of the wreath and a smattering of rose hips in between the poinsettias, use straw flower pins to secure.
Many thanks to Chikae for taking the wonderful photos and to O&S for the lovely day.
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