- Mixed Evergreen Branches
- Floral Oasis Foam
- Curly Willow
- Birch Branches
- Red Twig Dogwood Branches
- Curly Tine
- Christmas/ Holiday Picks, Ornaments or Other Accents
To create these pretty holiday pots, leave the remaining dirt from your fall flowers in the pot, if necessary you made need to add a bit of dirt to level off or fill your pot to about 4-5 inches from the top rim. Fill the remaining space in your pot with oasis (green floral foam) that has been soaked in warm water. You will use the oasis to put your branches in and to help keep them up right and held in place. You can certainly put your branches directly into the dirt but the oasis makes this process much easier, the branches stay put better and they will also remain greener for longer.
I used a mix of different types of evergreen branches that included white pine, spruce, cedar, arborvitae and juniper branches (found at your local garden center, Christmas tree farm or local flower shop). My pots can only be seen from the front or sides so I focused on creating a taller focal point at the back of my pot by sticking spruce branches upright towards back. I used my pruners to prune off any lower needles or smaller twigs on my branches so there was a clean branch to stick into the foam. I also used my pruners to modify the size of the branches and shape them before putting them into the pots. After I was satisfied with the height of my pots I used the graceful white pine branches to line the outside edge of my pot and to drape over the front of the pot. Then I used a mixture of white pine, spruce, cedar, arborviate and a little bit of juniper as filler between the tall branches in the back and the low branches in the front. I love using a mixture of different types of evergreen branches to give the pots a really pretty texture.
Once I was satisfied with how my evergreens looked I randomly placed the brown curly willow towards the middle and back of my pot and then filled in with some curly silver tine. I added some silver holiday snowflake picks, round silver ornaments and pine cones to complete the look.
I also like adding some of my repurposed art to the holiday decorations. I purchased this beautiful heart window piece from local artist Pam Dyer-Walters with Old Parts New Hearts. I LOVE this piece and use it all season long. It is such a versatile piece – I’ve wired lights around it, grown vines on it, placed it in my garden, along a fence or used in with a wreath as shown here.
For the pot pictured below I also filled the pot with oasis. Then I cut my birch logs to size using a hand saw and put them in the middle of my pots sunk into the oasis. Once I was satisfied with the heights and placement I began to add evergreen branches around the birch logs. I used a mixture of spruce and white pine and a little bit of cedar and arborvitae branches to create these pots. When all of my evergreen branches were in place I added the red twig dogwood branches to the mix. I would have added some red winterberries to the mix but I procrastinated too long this year and couldn’t get my hands on any. In the end it worked out okay, I like the organic and simplicity of these pots, especially with a little snow cover on them.
Are you looking for more winter container ideas? Check out my Pinterest Page here.
Have you created your own winter pots? Drop me a note I’d love to see what you created, in the interim stay warm friends!