Before the snow fell, and the ground froze I went out gathering greens for my seasonal containers. If you don’t have access to foraged greens you could visit your local garden center and see what they have to offer. It’s also worth taking a tour of your yard to see what you can add to your collection.
These seasonal planters are easy to make, I created 4 of them in less than an hour. Simple enough to stand alone, or you can spice them up with baubles and lights, berries and brights..
And here’s the best part, you can use any container that you have, and whatever combination of foraged, or purchased greens you come across. Each year I change over my hanging baskets [which stay out all year long]. As it gets closer to Christmas I add in lights, ribbons, and sparkly baubles. After Christmas, I take out the seasonal decor leaving the greens and branches, even our frost tolerant plants are iffy until the end of March so it’s nice to see something happening.
Gather together your seasonal supplies
- Purchase or forage greens, branches, twigs, berries, and ornaments to decorate your finished planter.
- Organize your empty containers.
- And this is the secret ingredient that allows you to use any size container…
- It’s so simple, a plastic shopping bag, and soil, or sand to fill your container almost 3/4 full.
- Gloves, and pruning shears if you have them.
Poke, plunge and repeat
1.Fill the plastic shopping bag with soil, or sand, tie a double knot using the handles tip it upside down into your container. That upside down bag of soil is your anchor, and it allows you to get as creative as you like with the greens…no fuss, no muss, no fighting with florist foam to fill the pot there isn’t a need for rocks to weigh it down…or balled up chicken wire inside…just one simple grocery bag filled with soil, or sand.
Ready, set, create
2. Separate your branches into long, medium, and filler lengths. Poke your longest branches upright into the very middle of the bag.
3. Plunge in two or three mid length branches on the right-hand side between the middle and the edge of your container. To get the most balanced looking seasonal planter turn your container halfway around, and add the same number of branches on the bare side.
4. Repeat until you have filled the planter with bunches of midlength branches ringing taller branches.
Use your shorter branches to fill in the outside of the planter, and any areas that need a bit of filler. Keep it balanced by turning it and filling in the bare spots.
Give it a good watering to keep your greens fresh, and decorate with your favorite sparklies and lights.
Jen @ The Light Laughed
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