DIY Outdoor Christmas Decorations
Do-It-Yourself Christmas Décor
Here's a great way to decorate the outside of your house for Christmas. Save your evergreen shrub trimming for the holiday season. The results are plenty of evergreen branches to use for decorating.
This isn't just an inexpensive way to make festive decorations, it's a free way to decorate.
I love this idea as it's natural and biodegradable. It leaves a minuscule carbon footprint, and it looks great.
Our shrubs need a little pruning and clipping every so often.
Our golden cypress foundation plant grows so much that the branches touching the house bend.
In the back yard, our junipers spread so much that they interfere with our seating area.
Home Made Christmas Decorations For Outside Your Home
The evergreen arrangements in these pots were oh so simple to do.
I purchased a styrofoam block to place in each pot. Then I just poked the hard stems of the evergreens into the styrofoam base.
The evergreens used were two different types and colors of juniper—one a traditional green and one a more blue-green. The bright yellow-green accent is a yellow cypress bush we have in front of the house.
The berries are a found object. I don't know what they are, but they add a little spot of red color to my evergreen arrangement.
- Assorted greens from a variety of evergreens. Conifers and hollies are good choices.
- Some berries: Look in the woods for bittersweet or the rose hips from wild roses. Blue juniper berries work well too.
- Pots to put the arrangements in
- Styrofoam if it's needed to make the arrangement stay in place
- Loppers to cut the branches off of the evergreens
- A hand pruner to do the fine trimming
- A pair of sturdy garden gloves
Wear Heavy Duty Garden Gloves
I cannot stress enough that you should wear gloves, thick enough to protect your hands.
The needles on the evergreens are sharp. Without gloves it will be difficult and painful to handle the evergreens. The evergreen needles can actually penetrate your skin like splinters under your skin.
- First, select the branches you want to trim.
- Cut the large branches off the evergreens with a lopper. We will cut them down to size later. To not ruin the shape or health of the juniper bush, do an internet search on "How to trim a juniper bush."
- Next, using smaller garden shears, cut smaller pieces off the branches at the point where the fronds meet the main branch.
- Take each frond and punch it into the styrofoam. If it isn't strong enough to go through the styrofoam, pre-punch a small hole with a pencil or screwdriver.
- Add berries.
A Holiday Window Box Idea
Making the Christmas Window Box
For the Window Box, I just laid juniper branches with their cut end down in the center and the other end protruding over the ends of the window box.
This year was warm here in Connecticut. We didn't have truly cold temperatures, so I was able to salvage a decorative kale from my fall window box. I repotted it a clay pot and stood the pot centered on top of the juniper branches.
The yellow cypress pieces were just pushed into the junipers, in such a way that the junipers will hold them in place in case of wind.
Making the Decorations Last
A great thing about these decorations is they are not just suitable for Christmas, but for all of winter.
We live in planting zone 6 and the branches last, without losing needles, well into the beginning of March.
It looks a a lot better that just having empty pots and add a splash of color for winter.
© 2012 Ellen Gregory