Decorating and entertaining for special occasions gives me great joy. I love to share some of my more creative ideas.
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.
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
- 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.
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 in 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.
© 2012 Ellen Gregory
Be My Guest to Leave a Comment - Are you into do-it-yourself decorating?
anonymous on November 16, 2013:
Three months ago, I moved into a house that was built back in the 1940s and I can tell you that I'm becoming quite the D-I-Y expert. I just love your evergreen arrangements, it gives me an idea for decorating the porch this year.
Thanks for sharing.
pinoyrecipe on December 24, 2012: