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I get excited to swing by my local nursery and purchase spruce tops, cedar branches, winterberry holly, pine cones or any number of fabulous finds.
But I really love those interesting finds in my yard (or the neighbors!):
- Twisty lilac branches
- the winged burning bush branches with some berries left on
- seed pods
- ornamental grasses
- some funky lookin’ galls
- papyrus grass (from annuals I dried out)
They can be spray painted or left au naturel! It’s tough to see in the pic below but I have smokebush branches, burning bush, miscanthus grass, goldenrod gall fly homes, sedum and lilac branches that I spray painted in with the main feature – a Spruce Top. I’ve also got cedar and pine branches stuffed in to cover up the soil.
To build your beauty, start with soil in your pot, add the Spruce Top for beauty and height, secure it by adding more soil and tamping that down well. Add water to help the process, but there’s no need to continue to water it!Then place the other elements (I used cedar and pine branches) around the base to cover up the soil and “soften” the look of the hard ceramic surface of the pot. Then move up putting in elements of odd numbers. Your display will last all season unless the winter winds and snow are allowed to take it out!
The above pic is from last year. I will post more as I continue to create them. My week ran away from me and I didn’t get as much done as I’d hoped!!
By the way, you can save a LOT of money by using the odds and ends you find in your own yard and being just a little creative. Spray paints come in lots of colors and are not that spendy. I also buy my pots at the end of the season and can usually get really good mark downs.
And I discovered this fruit filled bird bath! They’ve added cranberries, orange slices and, it appears to be peach slices and froze them in!