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The Christmas season can inspire decorating in the vein of the Three Bears Fairy Tale:
There’s Papa Bear’s way…. which is WAYYYYYY too much…
Or Mama Bear’s way (who must have been hanging around Charlie Brown)…
Which is definitely too little…
THEN there’s Baby Bear’s way…..
Which, to my eye, is JUUUUUUUUST right! Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and never more so than at Christmas.
But one of the easiest ways besides lights to make your house festive looking to those passing by, is with urns or pots stuffed with greenery and festive accents.
These, from Urban Floral, use willow balls and colored baubles to add some drama. The willow balls can be lit with battery operated lights. My friend and blogger Lynne Knowlton can show you how to make willow balls
But the key to having attractive urns, is having a variety of greenery, and some other things like fruit, metallic baubles, spray painted bull rushes, red, green or white branches, to give them texture and visual interest. Urns that have only one kind of greenery and plain branches…
are a bit on the blah side. Buying greenery can be expensive, so you can either go on a field trip to the woods and cut your own, or go to a Christmas tree vendor, and sometimes you can get off-cuts from trimmed trees at a really cheap price. You’ll want to buy some weather-proof accent items, but you can do this a few pieces each year and re-use them every year while adding a little more each time.
Here’s how to put them together, step by step:
1. Urns don’t actually have to be urns. Lots of different sized pots can be used, but keep in mind, if they seem big inside your house, they may still be too small for outside, so bigger will give you more impact. You can find a selection of outdoor planters here.
2. After you’ve gathered all the greens and accents you want to use, lay them out so you can easily see what you have and can evenly distribute them between 2 planters.
3. Here, I’m using a combination of white pine
which is the first layer….
White Pine gives nice “droop” over the edges of the planter. Criss-cross the branches so that there are holes where you will stick other branches to help them stand up so they won’t fall out of the pot.
4. Next comes cedar…
because it’s quite stiff and thick, Cedar is good filler and stands up tall in the pot. For my urns, I used two bunches for each pot. Use one bunch for the second layer and save the second bunch…
5. Next comes the seeded eucalyptus
6. and Magnolia leaves
both of which add great texture and nice color variation…
7. …and little red berries for pop
Now we’re starting to see some really nice color, contrast and texture…
8. Next, comes more Cedar to give the center of the pots some height…
9. Now the sticks, rushes, pine cones and
10. One silver accent branch right in the middle, with silver sequin balls on the ends to add sparkle and whimsy, which reminds me of something out of Doctor Seuss!
The most important ingredient is fun, so enjoy creating, add lots of stuff and if it isn’t quite right, you get to practice again next year!
Are you looking for a unique Christmas gift?
Consider giving someone the gift of an in-person design consultation if they live in the Toronto area, or if not, you can give them online design! Whether it’s kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, basements, kids rooms or a living room furniture arrangement, online design is economical and very convenient. Drawings and virtual sample boards come right into your inbox. For more information, contact me at Robin@RenovationBootcamp.com