How to make colorful outdoor planters for winter & Christmas decorations. Best porch pot ideas with evergreen branches, berries & pine cones!
Most of us think that colorful outdoor planters are only possible in spring and summer. You might be surprised how easy it is to create beautiful winter planters and porch pots perfect for Christmas outdoor decorations!
Even in very cold winter climates, nature has plenty to offer. In the following 24 inspiring and beautiful examples, we will look at :
How to choose pots and urns, use a variety of evergreen plants and branches, colorful berries, seed pods, and other decorative elements such as ribbons and ornaments to create winter planters and gorgeous Christmas outdoor decorations which last for weeks and months!
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A step by step video tutorial on how to make winter outdoor planters
A great video tutorial below on how to make a gorgeous Christmas planter urn using Red Twig Dogwood, Holly Berry and mixed conifer branches.
Best plants and cuttings for winter planters and Christmas outdoor decorations.
Here are the most popular plants and elements used in some of my favorite winter outdoor planters: conifers such as Pine, Cedar, Spruce, etc. and evergreen trees and shrubs such as Magnolia, Eucalyptus, Boxwood, Holly, Privet, etc. ( Source )
To add a splash of color, use colorful berries from red, yellow to purple, and bright colored branches such as White Birch, Red Twig Dogwood and yellow Twig Dogwood. ( Source )
Actually, you can create a mini version of these planters for a Christmas table decor centerpiece using the same elements! Below is a super easy Christmas centerpiece tutorial!
Choosing containers for outdoor winter planters and porch pots.
When choosing a container for an outdoor winter or Christmas planter, we need to consider the following-
Size: Is it the right scale for the space? Material: Can it withstand the outdoor winter temperature, snow, rain, etc? For example, when we lived north of Seattle for 6 months, many terra cotta pots we brought from California cracked due to rain and freeze.
Materials like metal milk containers or half wooden wine barrels are all durable choices for outdoor winter conditions. ( The vintage milk tin original image source is lost. Please let me know if you find it!)
Get Creative: If you can find something you absolutely love, such as a real or faux stone urn, go for it. There are also many possibilities by putting durable plastic pots inside something more stylish.
Pam at House of Hawthornes used a gorgeous harvest basket, you can check out her wonderful project here.
How to make a Christmas planter arrangement.
Here is a wonderful tutorial on how to create your own outdoor winter planters with birch, magnolia and conifer branches.
You can use soil and/or floral foam to support the mix of birch logs, leafy branches, berries etc, like in this winter planter.
To make it more festive for Christmas outdoor decorations, add beautiful accents like white birch branches, red berries, and big pine cones.
Another beautiful example of the birch – magnolia – conifer mixed planter.
Add festive details to your winter planters for Christmas outdoor decorations.
The color red can really add a festive cheer to your winter outdoor planters and door decor. ( Source )
In addition to red berries such as Holly branches, you can add more festive style to Christmas porch planters using ribbons and big pine cones. ( Original image source lost, please let me know if you find it!)
Farmhouse style outdoor winter porch pots
This charming winter porch pot is decorated with realistic looking Red Cardinals like these! and a bird house. ( Source )
Next, let’s look at some more creative elements to add to our winter and Christmas outdoor planters!
Use decorative elements for a stunning Christmas outdoor planter.
Kimberly‘s painted red branches in a Christmas planter urn are beautiful alternatives to branches with red berries.
Chartreuse green ornaments are gorgeous accents in this all green winter planter palette!
A classic urn planter filled with evergreens and berries is beautiful as Christmas outdoor decorations. (Source: 13 )
There is so much variations even in evergreen branches. The above winter planter has cedar, pine, and fir all mixed together beautifully. ( Source )
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Mix of colors and textures to create beautiful winter outdoor planters.
From silver green Spruce to forest green Fir, from burgundy red Dogwood to bright red Holly, nature offers an infinite range of colors and textures for our Christmas outdoor decorations and winter planters! ( Source )
Add lights to your winter and Christmas planters.
Another beautiful example of outdoor Christmas urn with lights. ( Source )
Window box outdoor planters in winter.
Fall and winter planter transitions.
Ornamental cabbage, kale, pansies and daisies are cold hardy plants which are great to plant when the weather is transitioning from fall to winter, or winter to spring. They thrive all winter in warmer climates. ( Source )
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In addition to the planters, here are some more creative DIY outdoor Christmas decoration ideas for you!
Happy creating! See you next week!