27 Ways to Use Flowers for Christmas Decorations and Arrangements

Add a fresh touch to the holidays.

Pink poinsettia in gold planter
Photo: Marty Baldwin

Add one of these pretty Christmas flower arrangements to your holiday decor. These flowers, including poinsettias, roses, and amaryllis, will brighten your Christmas displays. We're sharing our best Christmas flower arrangement ideas.

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Poinsettia With Silver Touches

Poinsettia decoration
Blaine Moats

The queen flower for Christmas decor and design, poinsettia is a must for your holiday style. The Ice Punch variety has white-and-silver leaves. You can create a variegated look by adding silver spray paint to a red poinsettia (like this Better Homes & Gardens 8-inch Poinsettia Live Plant with Ceramic Vase, $33, Walmart). Place these Christmas flowers in a pretty silver pot to show off the sparkle.

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Paperwhites With Twigs & Cedar Sprigs

paperwhite arrangement
Michael Garland

Go French country vintage with stark-white paperwhites and slender twigs arching from aged terra-cotta containers. Add flowing cedar sprigs along the base of your pots to create the perfect display for any mantel, shelf, or sofa table.

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Evergreen and Flowers

winter floral arrangement with red blooms and evergreen sprays
Thayer Gowdy

A few cut evergreen branches add a seasonal touch to a simple red flower arrangement. Arrange large red blooms like ranunculus, peonies, tulips, or carnations to get the look. Accent the Christmas flower arrangement with cut branches.

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White Parrot Tulips and Fern

White Parrot Tulips and Fern
John Bessler

Look beyond the typical colored flowers for Christmas decoration and flaunt the frilly, two-toned petals of the parrot tulip. Playoff their chartreuse stripes by adding Plumosa fern to the bouquet and snippets of spruce at the base in a metallic serving tray. Continue the color theme by filling clear containers with blue, green, and metallic—new or old—ornaments.

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Mini Woodland Setting with Roses & Hydrangea

Roses & Hydrangea
Marty Baldwin

Take cues from nature for a one-of-a-kind arrangement featuring red roses, white hydrangeas, hypericum berries, and pine branches. Be creative with your container by wrapping it with textured bark from fallen trees and accenting the base with various colors of reindeer moss.

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Two-Toned Amaryllis With Greenery

Amaryllis with Greenery
Michael Partenio

Embrace the long stems of amaryllis by displaying its blooms in a tall and simple yet elegant pitcher or vase. Include various evergreen sprigs such as spruce and holly—bonus if your holly branches are still holding their berries! Finally, accessorize with decorations of the season: vintage ornaments, colorful bows, and keepsake tea towels.

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White Roses & Pine

White Roses & Pine
Keller and Keller Photography

This Christmas flower arrangement is simple and sweet. Fill your favorite glass vase with cut roses and pieces of pine. For an extra merry touch, include cranberries in the vase.

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Hydrangea & Eucalyptus Arrangement

Hydrangea & Eucalyptus Arrangement
Greg Scheidemann

This gorgeous Christmas flower arrangement commands attention with fluffy hydrangeas, fresh eucalyptus, and crisp snapdragon. Add touches of traditional red and green by slicing apples and using the slices to circle the base of your arrangement. Round ornaments in a variety of sizes create festive sparkle and shine.

Editor's Tip: To keep your hydrangeas fresh, store them in medium light at temperatures below 70 degrees.

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Winterberry and Amaryllis Flowers for Christmas Decoration

Winterberry & Amaryllis
Steven McDonald

Nothing says Christmas more than traditional red-and-green decor. Simple arrangements of red amaryllis, tulips, and winterberries look beautiful on your Christmas mantel. Drape pretty ornaments from the winterberries.

Editor's Flower Tip: To keep your amaryllis fresh, expose it to bright light as much as possible.

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Cymbidium Orchid

Cymbidium Orchid
Edmund Barr

This long-lasting breed of orchid is the perfect flower for Christmas decoration and will last until early spring. A fresh and bright color helps lift the winter blues and makes for a gorgeous Christmas display.

Editor's Tip: Cymbidium orchids do best in bright light and when they are watered weekly.

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Dahlia With Greenery

Dahlia with Greenery
Iain Bagwell

Greet your holiday guests with a beautiful arrangement of potted dahlias. Use a pretty silver pot and tie oversize ornaments around the neck using a long red ribbon. A generous gathering of greenery fills out the display.

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Long-Stemmed Red Amaryllis

Long-Stemmed Red Amaryllis
Mark Thomas

A long-stemmed arrangement of red amaryllis is simple and elegant. There's a wide variety of red amaryllis plants you can choose from. The Benfica variety is rich in color, while the Monaco is bright. Make it a very merry Christmas display by tying a red ribbon around the group of stems.

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Moth Orchid

Moth Orchid
Peter Krumhardt

Who doesn't love orchids? The wide range of colors and varieties makes them the perfect flower for Christmas decorations or a beautiful addition to any holiday floral arrangement. Moth orchids are easy to care for and bloom for as long as four months. Fill an oversize vase with your favorite color of orchid and a variety of small, shimmery ornaments.

Editor's Tip: Watering once a week will keep your festive orchid fresh for the whole holiday season.

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Hydrangeas & Candy Cane Arrangement

Hydrangeas & Candy Cane Arrangement
Dean Tanner

Pretty white hydrangeas are a beautiful complement to the vibrant colors in your indoor Christmas decor. Enhance an arrangement with cheerful ornaments and with too-pretty-to-eat candy canes.

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White Amaryllis With Evergreens

White Amaryllis with Evergreens
Michael Partenio

Pretty white amaryllis blooms look festive in a simple red vase. Place it on a round mirror with mini Christmas presents and ornaments to complete the holiday feel. Complement the classic Christmas flowers with pieces of evergreen.

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Red Poinsettias & Clear Jars

Red Poinsettias & Clear Jars
Alise O'Brien

Simple groupings of a flower or leaf in the same color make a big holiday design impact. Try arranging red poinsettia leaves in three or more vintage jars. Place them in a matching serving tray to create a gorgeous centerpiece.

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Winter White Roses & Fresh Fruit

White Roses & pears
Michael Partenio

Nothing beats the fragrance of fresh roses. So include an arrangement in your holiday decorations by placing your favorite variety in a pretty, festive pot. Fill in with bits of fern and evergreen. Crisp fruit, such as pears or apples, make great fillers for this Christmas centerpiece idea.

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Pretty Pink and White Poinsettias

Pink-and-White Poinsettias
Edmund Barr

Display pastel-tone poinsettias in pretty white pitchers and vases for a softer take on flowers for Christmas decoration. A string of seashells or a bowl of delicate ornaments is a simple compliment.

Editor's Tip: Cut poinsettias can last up to two weeks.

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Roses, Tulips & Hydrangeas

Roses, Tulips & Hydrangeas
Jeff McNamara

This oversize Christmas dinner table arrangement is simpler than it looks. The roses and tulips add a spectacular pop of traditional color while the hydrangeas create volume. Let the pepperberries drape over the side for more texture and depth. Use extra pepperberries to create pretty place settings.

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Cut Poinsettias

Poinsettia small vases
Blaine Moats

A holiday favorite, the poinsettia is a great flower for Christmas decoration. Step away from the traditional potted poinsettia and create an arrangement with tiny vases. Mix and match varieties (like this Better Homes & Gardens 8-inch Poinsettia Live Plant with Ceramic Vase, $33, Walmart) for a fantastic look.

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Sedum & Hydrangea

Pink poinsettia in gold planter
Marty Baldwin

California laurel, available from your local florist, looks lovely when arranged with pink poinsettias. Finish the grouping with sprigs of evergreen, Christmas bush clippings, and cut branches.Place the arrangement in a tall gold vase ($18, Hobby Lobby) for a dash of glitz and glam.

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Cut Roses

cut roses on tray
Helen Norman

Cut roses short for a coffee table arrangement and place single stems in mini vases around a large pillar candle. Surround with ornaments and other greenery to bring in the traditional colors of Christmas.

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Paperwhites & Cranberries

Paperwhites & Cranberries
William N. Hopkins

Paperwhites are among the easiest flowers to grow and maintain. Place your variety in a glass pot and fill with cranberries. Scatter evergreen pieces and cranberries around the arrangement for a pretty centerpiece or elegant side table display.

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Red and White Amaryllis

Red-and-White Amaryllis
Quentin Bacon

Pick a multicolor variety of amaryllis like Candy Cane for flowers for Christmas decorations instead of the usual solid red or white. Place in a pretty white vase and accent with a small wrapped present.

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Star-of-Bethlehem, Tulips & Roses

Red and white centerpiece
Kim Cornelison

Full and merry, this arrangement welcomes the season in style. Gorgeous red tulips, fluffy white roses, and perky pieces of Star-of-Bethlehem blend to make a bountiful Christmas flower arrangement.

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Red Amaryllis in a Silver Vase

Red Amaryllis in a Silver Vase
John Bessler

Classic and beautiful, a simple arrangement of red amaryllis looks festive when placed in a shiny silver vase. Surround with other holiday elements for an easy Christmas display.

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Red Poinsettia & Silver Leaves

Red-and-silver poinsettia
Blaine Moats

A stand-alone poinsettia is pretty and poised. Blend with shimmery silver sage leaves and winterberries to make this festive plant even merrier.

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