It’s that time of year. Time to decorate the exterior of your home with festive boughs, lights and the seasonal urn. Here is a step by step guide on how to simply create your own. So Gather up your friends…..get into the car and follow our advice below!
Step One: Take a Walk!!
Locally; we have everything you need to create a stunning planter and get this it’s free! Head out with your pruning shears and saw. Gather an assortment of evergreen branches. Our area has Spruce, Fir, White Pine, Red Pine, Jack Pine, Cedar, Juniper and Hemlock. The more variety the better! Gather branches; Birch, Red Twig Dogwood, Poplar etc. Cut Poles: White Birch, Yellow Birch, Poplar, Maple etc.
Step Two: Get Your Hands Dirty!!
Okay…. so once you are out of the bush with all your freebies you are ready to assemble! This would be a good time to brew some hot chocolate and maybe add some Peppermint Schnapps to get into the festive spirit! First choose your Urn. Fill your urn with Triple Mix / or Potting Soil. Mound it in the middle and here’s the trick……..WET IT!!!. You need enough water to make it “packy” but not “muddy”! This will freeze and hold all your branches in place….so your Urns are good for the winter! Be sure to choose a container that can handle freeze and thaw conditions (ceramics DO NOT fare well).
Step Three: Create Vertical Drama!
Want some height? Add it now! Take those poles and or branches you cut down ( make sure they are the same length) and push them deep into the center of your pot. Make sure to pack the soil around your insertions and mound it back up. Always adhere to the odd number rule ( 3/5/7) One single pole is going to look uneven…go for three.
Step Four: Start Layering!
Start pushing your cut evergreen branches ( Making sure they are the same length) around the outside edge of your urn. Choose branches that naturally weep. Continue to fill in taking care to keep branches uniform in length shortening the length as you work up and fill in the mound. WALK AROUND YOUR URN! Inspect your shape…..is it uniform? Is it filled in?
Step Five: Embellish!!!
Okay so now you have a simple classic urn but you are looking for the “wow” factor……here are some tips
- Purchase Magnolia Leaves, Seeded Eucalyptus Boxwood etc. and add to your design ( always check the quality before purchase….the fresher the better!)
- Add large Shatterproof Balls
- Add Large Pine Cones ( Sugar Pine Cones work best….these are native to California and are extremely large 8″ to 10″)
- Add ” glitter branches”
- Add dried plant pods
- “Funk” it out…… think outside the box and use something unusual!
- Create a one sided design with a focal point…..a grouping of something eye catching
- Add lights. ( wrap lights around select branches in a zig zag pattern from one branch to another) or use a “spot ” light hidden in the center
Remember to always follow the 3/5/7 rule …unless you are using something so eye catching one is enough
ALWAYS make sure your urns complement the exterior of your home! And NEVER use the water proof red and green velvet ribbon! Also Always Avoid obviously “fake” flowers .
Have fun! Call your girlfriends and have a urn making afternoon!