Some of the most stunning Christmas outdoor decorations can be created easily, such as these winter planters! Most of us think that colorful outdoor planters are for spring and summer. There may be less flowers to choose from, but even in very cold climates, nature has plenty to offer.
In the following 24 inspiring and beautiful examples, we will look at :
1. How to use a variety of evergreen plants and cuttings, colorful berries, seed pods, and branches to create winter planters and gorgeous Christmas outdoor decorations which last for weeks and months!
2. How to add other decorative elements such as ribbons and ornaments in winter planters to create beautiful Christmas outdoor decorations.
3. How to choose pots and urns for these winter container gardens.
The festive season will be upon us before we know it. These splendid winter planters will be such fun DIY projects to make for our Thanksgiving and Christmas outdoor decorations!
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1 & 2. 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.
Actually, you can create a mini version of these planters for a Christmas table decor centerpiece using the same elements!
3 & 4. Choosing containers for outdoor winter planters.
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.
5 & 6 . 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.
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.
If you love greenery in winter, you may also like to learn this fool-proof method on how to grow beautiful indoor plants easily in glass bottles and water!
7 – 10. Add festive details to your winter planters and Christmas outdoor decorations.
11 – 16. Other decorative elements for a stunning Christmas planter.
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: 16 )
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17 & 18. Artful mix of colors and textures.
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: 17 )
A great video tutorial below on how to make a gorgeous Christmas planter!
19 & 20. Let it glow .
21 & 22. Window box planters.
23 & 24. 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: 23 | 24 )
Can’t get enough container gardens? Try these 24 stunning container planting designs with plant lists!
In addition to the planters, here are some more creative DIY outdoor Christmas decoration ideas for you!
Happy creating! See you next week!