A quick way to spruce up your front porch during the holidays is to display a couple of festive planters. However, they can be quite pricey. So why not try to create your own this season for a fraction of the price?
You may already have most of the materials for this simple DIY… if not, all of the supplies can be found at any craft store or dollar store and some even in your back yard.
♦ 2 deep planters
♦ gravel (or large rocks)
♦ 6 wet floral foam blocks
♦ 8 evergreen tree branches of similar size. I like incorporating different types of tree branches, like spruce, pine, cedar, etc.
♦ festive decorations, such as large bows, red winterberries or holly, pine cones and ornaments.
1. Place gravel at the bottom of the planter to give it some weight. This is especially useful if the planter will be placed outdoors and may risk being blown away by strong winter winds.
2. Add pre-soaked floral foam on top of gravel
3. Firmly place the base of the branches into the foam
4. Accessorize by adding festive decorations
A few helpful tips…
♦ Select a holiday decor style and colour scheme first. Whether it’s traditional, rustic, modern or eclectic, decide which style you like best, then gather the decorations that suit that style.
♦ Place the larger branches in the back of the planter first, then fill in the front.
Symmetry is key.
♦ Make sure that the planter is visually balanced with holiday decorations.
♦ Fill in the bald spots. Use smaller pieces of pine branches to fill in any empty areas, so that the planter looks full.
Happy holiday decorating!
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