Grand Entrance-Decorate for the Holidays

Fresh Holiday Arrangement
Fresh Holiday Arrangement

If you need some pizzazz for your outside entrance to greet visitors, create a live green arrangement with evergreens and twigs cut from your property. Jazz it up with something sparkly and you can leave it in place for weeks.

Once I empty my large pots and window boxes at the end of November, I can dress them up again with greenery which will last most of the winter. I keep the soil in them as that is the glue which will hold my greens in place.

Boxwood with greens and silver balls
Boxwood with greens and silver balls

Base

Here I used a waterproof fiber pot filled with oasis, but a time saver is to use one of your containers filled with soil. Once I finish arranging in a fiber pot, I place the whole thing into an empty container.

Start with a waterproof fiber pot filled with oasis
Start with a waterproof fiber pot filled with oasis
Materials-wreath, magnolia, yellow twig dogwood, winterberries, red seeded eucalyptus, glittery pine cones, yellow tipped arborvitae
Materials-wreath, magnolia, yellow twig dogwood, winterberries, red seeded eucalyptus, glittery pine cones, yellow tipped arborvitae

Wreaths

A trick that I have used for a long time which will get you started in a hurry, is to buy a pre-made wreath of fresh greens and build upon that as a base.

Use a pre-made wreath as a base
Use a pre-made wreath as a base

Placing this wreath on top of the rim of the pot will hide most of the soil and you can stick your greens in and around it. Buy a ready-made or make your own.

Place your wreath on top of a container-here I used a waterproof fiber pot
Place your wreath on top of a container-here I used a waterproof fiber pot

Start by placing your wreath horizontally on top and start adding your other plant materials. Once you insert stems through the wreath, that will anchor it to the container. For this container, I  began with adding gold tipped Arborvitae. Stick the branches through the wreath into the oasis or soil.

Once you place the wreath on top of the pot, start adding your plant material-Here, I use gold tipped Arborvitae
Once you place the wreath on top of the pot, start adding your plant material-Here, I use gold tipped Arborvitae

Insert Magnolia branches into the oasis along with yellow twig dogwood for drama.

Add Magnolia leaves
Add Magnolia leaves

Add some red dyed seeded Eucalyptus for a pop of color.

Insert red seeded Eucaplyptus
Insert red seeded Eucalyptus

I finished it off with large branches of peach winterberry and glittery pine cones.

Add peach colored winterberry and some sparkly pine cones
Add peach colored winterberry and some sparkly pine cones

Tips on Creating Outdoor Christmas Arrangements with Greens

  1. Use a winter hardy pot – fiber glass, metal, cement – not        terracotta as it can crack

  2. Add water to soil or use oasis so that it is moist – it will freeze the arrangement in place as the weather turns cold

  3. Fill up and mound soil 3-4″ above rim to give branches height and depth

  4. Spray Wilt-Pruf, an anti-dessicant that will keep the greens fresh, but be careful of some firs and juniper berries- they could lose their color with the application of the spray

  5. Create outside in place as the urn will become very heavy to move. Once in position, the arrangement should freeze in place

  6. Don’t use styrofoam berries-only naturals- styrofoam splits

  7. Use completed wreaths of greens as bases for urns

  8. For center height and drama, use curly willow, dogwood      branches, birch logs, or winter berry branches

  9. Since most arrangements will be viewed from a distance, the bolder and larger, the better

  10. Add large outdoor balls or other accents (glitter branches) for added drama

 

5 Replies to “Grand Entrance-Decorate for the Holidays”

  1. Love your instruction. I did one last Christmas and will do the same this year in my very large pot on the front porch. Thanks for the tips!! A Happy Thanksgiving and holiday to you and your family.

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