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Make an Easy and Affordable Winter Planter

November 23, 2016

Snow and cold temps can be daunting when you think about winter planters.  But don’t let the weather prevent you from having beautiful planters year ‘round.  Seasonal planters can bring color-and light-to an otherwise dull and colorless time of year.  Many of the items used in your winter planter can be found in your yard,  and will keep their color throughout the season.  Tree clippings, birch branches, and dogwood twigs are a great base for winter planters.  They all have beautiful color and texture and they allow you to create a one of a kind masterpiece.  

Planter pic 2.jpgFor very little money, you can add extra color with berry twigs, decorative accents, and ribbon.  There are endless
possibilities for doing a winter planter.  If you are highlighting a grand entryway, you may want to have two larger planters.  If you have a smaller entry, you can place one to the side of the door.  Whichever the scale, these are sure to bring some festive cheer to your outdoor décor.  Here is an example of our winter planters this year.

Items used for large scale planters:

  • Dogwood shrub or bundle of sticks
  • Birch branches
  • Spruce tips 
  • Evergreen
  • Pinecones
  • Lights
  • Transparent Globe
  • Decorative accents

Birch BranchesDogwood Twigs Spruce Tips

How to arrange these items is up to you. The amount and size of the items depends on the size of the planter as well. For our very large planter boxes, we wanted a very tall and dense arrangement. We used the birch branches, spruce tips, and dogwood sticks  as vertical elements  that fan out from the center. The cedar garland was wrapped around the perimeter of the box two times. This created a space in the center of the planter that we filled with pinecones, decorative berries, and one large globe. A battery operated string of lights was weaved around the arrangement and stuffed into the globe for a unique nighttime twinkle.

 Planter pic 3.jpg Planter pic 1.jpg

For a smaller scale arrangement, here is a residential version of the same concept.

My planter.jpg