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Enchanted Christmas time. Miniature landscapes with poinsettias.

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Bonn, 28.11.2019. Miniature landscapes are very on trend. In the past, designing and building such tiny worlds was mostly left to model train enthusiasts, but this has meanwhile become a popular pastime among other DIY fans and hobby gardeners as well. And it’s no wonder, since the task of creating picturesque mini gardens and landscapes with living plants gives free rein to one’s creativity. In the Christmas season compelling winter scenarios with poinsettias are all the rage and make not only children’s hearts jump for joy. Here the deco experts at Stars for Europe introduce a range of miniatures landscapes with poinsettias that will not only turn heads at home but also make original hostess gifts during the Advent and Christmas season.

Creative pastime for tall and small

Miniature landscapes are ideal as DIY projects for the whole family. They're easy to make, get everyone in the mood to tell stories and can be rearranged on a whim. For a romantic and playful Christmas wonderland, in addition to poinsettia plants and a bit of imagination, all that's needed are a suitable base or container, artificial snow, tiny fir trees, Christmas figurines and fairy lights.

Illuminated winter landscapes with poinsettias under glass

DIY miniature landscapes with poinsettias and fairy lights in glass containers make a beautiful decoration and gift idea for the holiday season.

Hanging in a sunny spot in a room, this miniature Christmas garden in a glass ball is a great eye-catcher from all sides.

All that's required to make it: a sufficiently large open glass ball for hanging, strong cord, a poinsettia, larch twigs, wood chips, LED fairy lights, artificial snow and tiny Christmas figurines (here we have Mr & Mrs Claus).

And here's how it's done: First hang up the glass ball on a sturdy cord at a comfortable working level and arrange larch twigs and wood chips inside. Carefully set the poinsettia in its decorative pot in the glass and decorate it with the fairy lights, cones, artificial snow and figurines. Arrange a larch branch down along the string and into the opening of the glass ball. Done!

A decorative storm lantern also makes a suitable frame for a miniature Christmas landscape. The advantage over the glass ball is that the storm lantern can be used as a hanging decoration or on the table.

On centre stage in this snowy winter landscape stands a red poinsettia in a matching planter pot. Tiny figurines, little fences, pine cones and LED fairy lights further enhance the Christmas mood and add festive sheen.

Important: Avoid placing such glass containers in direct sunlight, as the air inside them will heat up quickly and be too warm for the plants. Water moderately on a regular basis. Excess dryness should be avoided as much waterlogging. If the glass panes fog up this is an indication of high humidity inside the container, which can be alleviated with proper ventilation.

Christmas wonderland in a box

You can create a two-storey Christmas wonderland with a flick of the wrist in an upended dresser drawer, which becomes an invitation to peek and play. Simply place a poinsettia in a planter pot in the drawer and adorn the spaces around it with lots of miniature decorations and a bit of artificial snow. A little fir tree with fairy lights in the background adds even more Christmas flair. Tip: A wide selection of miniature-sized decorations can be found in model-making stores and online shops.

    

Winter forest with a poinsettia

Amidst a playfully romantic wintry forest landscape, this poinsettia instantly conjures up a festive atmosphere with a dream world for both tall and small. This charming DIY idea is quick and easy to make. Simply place a poinsettia in a decorative pot on a flat slab of natural wood and adorn the top with animal figurines, artificial snow and tiny wintry fir trees. Tip: Hot glue will keep the decorations in place.

Upcycling: Wintry poinsettia landscape with angels

Even the smallest kids can help make this beautiful deco idea in up-to-the-minute upcycling style. All you need are two old cooking pots of different sizes or similar containers, poinsettias, potting soil, cotton wool, artificial snow as well as angels, tiny ladders, fences and any other items suitable for decorating the angel world.

And this is how it's done:

Step 1: Fill both cooking pots with potting soil and stack them with the smaller one on top.

Important: To make sure that enough space is left for planting inside the rim of the bottom pot, there should be an adequate difference in size between the two.

Step 2: Plant white and cream-coloured poinsettias in the top pot and around the inside rim of the bottom one. Leave enough space for additional decorations on at least one side.

Step 3: Cover the soil with white cotton wool.

Step 4: Sprinkle artificial snow loosely over the cotton wool.

         

Step 5: Finally, adorn the wintry poinsettia landscape with angels and other deco elements to your liking. Your enchanted winter wonderland is done!

         

Winter landscape on a tray

Charming wintry landscapes can be created with trays and white or cream-coloured poinsettias, which light up any room and are also excellently-suited for gifting.

If a table decoration is needed in a hurry, two cream-coloured poinsettias in matching planter pots can be quickly arranged on a decorative tray with pine cones a deer figurine. Although and maybe because it's so easy to make, this winter decoration will get its share of attention.

    

Anyone who has a bit more time and a penchant for arts & crafts can adorn a tray with poinsettias and handmade snowmen. For each snowman, wrap wool around three Styrofoam balls in different sizes and stack them on a knitting needle or wooden pick. Pin or glue buttons in matching shades on the two bottom wool balls and insert tiny twigs for arms in the sides of the middle ball. Finally, construct ear-warmers of wire and tiny felt semi-spheres and set them on the snowmen's "heads". Tip: These look especially good when the woolly balls and the buttons are in different shades of white. The snow on the tray is made of marshmallows and homemade chocolate snowballs. Alternatively, tiny balls of felt or cotton or crumbled Styrofoam can be used.