But what’s the name of the Christmas flower, anyway? The Christmas flower is a plant which gets many names such as parrot, cardinal, Christmas star flower, Poinsettia. You can use it in the decoration of the dining room, bathrooms, living room, kitchen, entrance hall and balconies because the red leaves have a great visual appeal.
Of Mexican origin, the Christmas flower was used by the Aztecs for the production of cosmetic dyes and dyeing of fabrics. The flowering period of the Christmas flower takes place between October and February, a time when the incidence of sunlight is higher.
Here are some ideas on how to decorate your home for the end-of-year parties with artificial or natural Christmas flowers. You can also learn how to make Christmas flowers to decorate your rooms in a simple, practical and inexpensive way. Enjoy the tips!
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Christmas flower: Learn how to care
The Christmas flower is produced on a large scale in Brazil and its main purpose is to decorate internal and external areas of the residences. If you want to give a special gift, offer a pot planted with the Christmas flower that symbolizes the desire for long life.
To keep the Christmas flower always beautiful and showy you need to put the plant in a bright spot and if possible with direct sunlight. Another important tip is to keep the Christmas flower away from wind currents to prevent the leaves from falling.
Although the Christmas flower is an extremely beautiful plant, avoid the direct contact of the milky sap with your skin because this latex species is toxic. The sap of the Christmas flower causes irritation to the eyes, swollen eyelids and difficulty of vision.
You can find small pots of Christmas flower in the specialized stores of landscaping plants, supermarkets, fairs and floricultures. The red leaves of the Christmas flower are called bracts, i.e. modified leaves that stand around the flowers.
In the center of the Christmas flower are born the true and small flowers of the plant that are wrapped by a green tissue and a yellow gland.
The colored leaves around the flowers have the function of attracting the insects responsible for the pollination of the plant. To water the Christmas star flower, check that the soil is dry and add little water. In this context, do not use a garden hose, but a watering can. Remember that soaked soil rots the root of the Christmas flower.
How to make EVA Christmas flower: Decorate with craftsmanship
For you who want to elaborate the Christmas decoration with craftsmanship, learn how to make Christmas flower in EVA or felt without spending too much. EVA or felt Christmas flowers are very simple techniques and you can reproduce the natural plant for use in party decoration.
As making Christmas flowers in EVA or felt is a cheap activity, you can use and abuse the flowers in table arrangements, window and door decoration, Christmas trees, gift packaging decoration, napkin holders, Christmas garlands, in short, everywhere you want to decorate.
How to make EVA Christmas flower: Step by Step
- Separate a piece of EVA in green or red;
- Reserve glue and hot glue refill (Option: Instant glue for handicraft);
- Get some scissors to cut EVA;
- Leave a pencil or pencil and buy a small pearl;
As the mold above draws on EVA two flowers, two leaves and five petals. Cut out the EVA the pieces you scratched. On one of the flowers, make 0.5cm cuts at each junction of the leaves. Pass the glue on the small cuts and glue over the leaves one on top of the other.
When you finish gluing the leaves you will notice that the Christmas flower has become more closed in appearance. Then, pass the cola in the middle of the inside out and glue over the other flower, intercalating the petals.
To mould the five petals, place a drop of glue on the bottom of the sheet and fold the two dots to shape. Then glue the leaves to the flowers in the center of the main flower. Make sure that all the leaves are glued together.
Finish by sticking a small pearl in the center of the flower. You can make this flower of different sizes, just increase or decrease the design of the patterns. A great option on how to make Christmas flowers is to use colored felts such as green, red or gray.
Christmas star flower: Make arrangements for your home
The Christmas star flower or poinsettia is characterized by wide red leaves that have in the center small yellow flowers. This plant is part of the traditional Christmas decoration because of its intense and vibrant color.
Generally the poinsettia is planted in small pots and you can make different kinds of arrangements or even use a single pot to place in the center of the table. It is very common to find large Christmas star flower arrangements in shopping malls, streets or gardens.
The decorative poinsettia vases or Christmas star flower were adorned with the colors of Santa Claus’ clothes to decorate the rustic table at the Christmas party. Green leaves of plants were spread over the furniture to create a stripped atmosphere.
On the Christmas supper table, a poinsettia vase, two vases with mini pine trees and two white candles were used to create a cozy atmosphere. The red color of the Christmas flower repeats itself in the color of the two vases of the pine trees.