Festive container creations

Thu. Nov. 19, 2020

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I love creating my festive containers! While we had some stupid cold weather, we were also blessed with beautiful warm weather after, that meant I could put the spruce tops in because the soil was not frozen! SCORE!

I went to my local nursery and bought the “accents”, cedar and pine boughs and new this year for me… dyed magnolia leaves!

Oregonia, fresh greens, dyed seed eucalyptus and dyed magnolia leaves

I really love using natural elements. There are so many gorgeous options.

  • The twisty stick that broke off in the wind and is laying in the yard
  • Pinecones
  • Dried hydrangea flowers
  • Ornamental grasses
  • Acorns
  • Seedpods
  • Sedum flowers
  • Stems with galls made by little insects!

There’s character in nearly everything. In the past, I’ve spray-painted many of the elements with red or gold but I’ve seen people get very creative with really any color!

This year I did choose to go all natural but I’ll likely add some lights after Thanksgiving. I’m not one for Christmas stuff BEFORE Thanksgiving. I guess I’m just old school!

not quite finished…

If your containers are all outside, like mine, then your soil could likely frozen, use a drill to poke some holes in there to place the main elements and add more soil to secure them. Some of the soil in mine was on the verge of freezing, the one that was frozen, I swapped out!

almost… I kept playing with it! Cut back some prairie dropseed grass…

The most important thing is to know that you can take your time, place items and step back, take a look. I move stuff around all the time while I’m working on a container! It’s fun!

added some dried hakonechloa aureola and prairie dropseed – complete

It’s complete… for now! HA! I may add some other NON natural elements after Thanksgiving. I just have to dig them out of the attic!

For this one, since it’s much more exposed by winter winds and snow, I didn’t want to put the dyed magnolia leaves. But aren’t those seeded eucalyptus gorgeous???

Although I’ll admit my toes got so cold I had to put them in warm water… tennis shoes are not appropriate footwear for festive container creating outdoors!

And one more… remember, you can ALWAYS rearrange, change, add, delete. Whatever makes you happy!