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Evergreen winter porch pots are a quick, easy, and festive winter decoration that will last from Black Friday to New Year's Day – and beyond.
Even during the dark days of winter, it’s still possible to have a bit of color grace your doorstep. Evergreen winter porch pots are quick, easy, and fun. Using materials from your local craft store or garden center, you can create a festive winter decoration that will last from Black Friday to New Year’s Day – and beyond.
Find a container with soil. This can be one that once held your summer or fall arrangements. Instead of pulling out the plants, cut them at the soil line. The roots will help keep your Christmas arrangement stable.
Add greenery. Several types of evergreen boughs will make a lasting Christmas arrangement. Use as many as you like.
Consider Balsam fir, Fraser fir, white pine, red pine, and spruce tops.
Start by establishing a strong vertical center and add branches to each side to create a fan or archway. This will be the foundation of the arrangement.
Continue to fill in your arrangement by adding larger branches in the middle and shorter branches around the perimeter. Fill in empty spaces by crisscrossing the branches.
Use tall, elegant twigs and stems to add height and drama. We like to use red twig dogwood stems, curly willow stems, and birch poles. Some of these things you may be able to find in your yard. If not, you can check a craft store or garden center.
Just a few tall elements will make a big impact. While it may seem counterintuitive, an odd number of branches will make your arrangement seem more balanced.
Add accents. Smaller, detailed elements with contrasting color or texture will stand out against the greenery and create visual interest.
Look for magnolia tips, silver dollar eucalyptus, red seeded eucalyptus, or oregonia branches.
Add a finishing touch. Wrap a string of LED lights around a few of the taller branches, or add a couple of tasteful ornaments.
Voila! In just thirty minutes, you have created an eye-catching decoration that will look great during the holidays and beyond.
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