DIY 04: Winter PlanterDecember 5th, 2012 | Posted by in 12 DIY's Of Christmas | DIY | Holidays/Seasons | Home Renovation | Outside
My parents always do a great job on decorating the front of their house for Christmas. Since Mom’s “Martha” side has rubbed off on me, I wanted to make sure our house looked festive from the outside too, so we decided to make a winter planter for the front step. I wanted some birch logs sticking out of my arrangement, but I didn’t really know where to go from there. I have to give Mom mad credit for this project – she basically did the whole thing! She also went trekking through the woods to cut some bows for me. Thanks mom! Here is how to make a large Christmas arrangement for your front step.
- Flower pot or urn.
- Soil (left over from summer or rocks and chicken wire)
- Greenery (you can cut it from the woods for free or buy from your florist; we did both.)
- Bulbs (optional)
- Coloured sticks (optional)
- Lights (optional)
Step 1: Base
Make a base for your arrangement. I had a pot left from the summer with the soil still in it. It was frozen so we poured some boiling water over the soil to thaw it enough to stick stuff in it. If you don’t have one with soil in it you can use a few large rocks to weigh down the pot and then put some chicken wire on top of it. Note: I did this last year with a top heavy pot that kept falling over in the wind. Wide base or heavy pots work best.
Step 2: Twigs and Sticks
If you are planning on using some sticks or logs, put these pieces in first. I chose to use birch logs as the main centre of my pot.
Step 3: Greenery
Have your greenery ready. We used spruce, cedar and pine. We got the pine and cedar from a florist but cut the spruce from the woods ourselves. If you want to do this project for free you can cut all your own greenery.
Cut a piece that works with the size of your pot. Stick it in the soil (or the chicken wire) and repeat until you have a nice base. This will help set the size of your arrangement.
Step 4: Fill In
Once you have a base for the shape of your arrangement you can cut and stick the greenery to fill the gaps. You can get creative here. Use your judgement on how much or how little greenery to use. It all depends on how you want it to look.
We used a ton! Mom made a few trips to the car while I took photos of her doing all the laborious work.
Step 5: Add Decorations
Once you have all your greenery in, you can add things like large ornaments or lights. We used some large green ornaments that were already attached to sticks that we picked up at Sobey’s. If you already have some shatterproof balls (left over from your wreath project) you can hot glue them to sticks. It might take a few tries to get them in the right place.
Step 6: Photos
Take a picture and post it on our Facebook wall!
You can also watch my favourite design duo Sarah Richardson & Tommy Smythe making winter planters here.
- Becki (& Mom)