Hi Friends! Welcome to the Christmas Porch! This year the front porch of StoneGable is decked out with lots of real greens and pretty natural accents! Birch logs, flocked branches, Magnolia leaves and lots and lots of fresh evergreen branches! Join me on my Christmas Porch!
Today I’m joining a group of blogging friends for CHRISTMAS PORCH IDEAS!
Make sure to stop at the bottom of this post and visit all the fabulous blogs participating in the tour! A big THANK YOU to Taryn at Taryn Whiteaker for putting this Christmas tour together!
This year I decided to take a more natural approach to outdoor decorating! So I’m letting the beauty of the season take center stage.
Before I show you how I made these full Christmas planters let’s take a look at the rest of my porch! And before that, I need to address the big grey elephant on my porch. Our porch floor lifted a tad on the right side because of all the torrential rains we have been having. It is a mahogany floating porch and will settle when it is dry. Sorry, it is a bit of a sore eye in these photos.
For me, Christmas decorating starts by hanging a wreath on my front door. This year, unlike others, I chose a natural evergreen wreath with sprigs of boxwood. I added the magnolia leaves and a bow as well as the white monogram.
Adding our monogram to a wreath is a signature of StoneGable. I found it HERE. I’ve used this cut out wooden monogram for years and years on many different wreaths! It is attached to the wreath with a thin elastic jewelry thread. You can see it HERE.
The star of our Christmas Porch are the two large containers filled with greens, birch logs, magnolia leaves, fragrant cedar, and a sprinkling of flocked branches.
Flanking the containers are tall white lanterns. The bottom of the lanterns are filled with fragrant cedar and a candle is perched on a well worn wooden candlestick. Like the candlesticks in the large hanging lanterns the candles are battery operated and are on timers to light up every evening. You can find the candles I use HERE. The lantern was from The Pottery Barn Outlet.
I made a circle of fragrant cedar to rest around the top of the lantern. I love the tiny pinecones! Nature’s attention to detail. Sigh!
I’m so excited to show you how to make these really easy Christmas planters! I want to thank the kind people at Gardener’s Supply for the pair of fabulous outdoor container planters. You can see them HERE. These self-watering planters are on sale now!
Let’s make a beautiful outdoor Christmas planter…
This will make one pot with leftover Christmas tree greens
- planter (see mine HERE) with soil (HERE)
- garden pruners (see my pick HERE)
- birch logs
- saw (if you need to cut the birch logs or dowel rods)
- 1/2″ wooden dowel, cut into 16-20″ pieces
- long clear zip ties (see them HERE)
- Christmas tree greens (I purchase a “B” grade Christmas tree from a local nursery. They are much cheaper)
- one 9 foot garland with assorted greens. Preferably pine and one other evergreen.
- large iron orb, optional (I found it locally- here’s where you can contact Cocalico Creek and ask about the orbs)
- add-ins I used sugar pinecones, magnolia leaves and flocked branches (find Sugar Pinecones HERE)
1 Fill the planter up with soil. The Tru Dot planters from Gardener’s Supply have a water reservoir in the bottom third of the pot so the entire pot does not need to be filled with dirt! I love these planters! They are beautiful, well made and ingeniously they are also self-watering!
Add any architectural piece to the planter if you have one. No need to, though!
2 Cut birch logs 18-20″ long. I used three logs per planter.
3 Now, let’s fasten a birch log to a dowl rod. Extend the dowel rod over the edge of the birch log about 10″. Tie a 1/2″ dowel to each birch log with two long clear zip ties as shown above. Cut off the ends of the zip ties.
4 Stick the dowel rods into the soil until the birch logs almost touch the soil. Make a triangle with the logs.
5 Cut apart the garland. Make sure to leave small bunches of pine and other evergreens tied together with the wire from the garland. This makes it easier to add to the soil.
6 Start adding pine greens around the inside edge of the planter, adding another variety of evergreen (I used fragrant cedar) here and there as well. Let the pine branches drip down over the side of the planter and pack them close together for a look lush.
7-8 Continue making an evergreen edge all the way around the planter. Make sure to stick the ends of the boughs deep into the soil so the hold in place.
9 Cut branches from the B-grade Christmas tree.
10 Stick the branches into the soil to fill in the planter. Make sure the branches are long enough to give the arrangement a nice rounded shape but not too long that the birch logs are lost within the greens. Add pine boughs from the garland and other pretty greens.
11 Add pinecones if desired and other add-ins.
12 Look your creation over fluffing it and adding greens where needed. You want it to look full, lush and spilling over your planter!
Finally, spray Wilt Pruf or any other antitranspirant liberally on all the greens. It will keep live greens looking their best all season long!
These attractive Christmas planters are so much easier than you would think. My best tip is to gather all your material together, have the planters filled with soil, prep the birch logs, cut the greens and have all the add-ins at hand. I put the greens in one large laundry basket and everything else in another so everything is ready!
When all the elements for the planter are prepped, this Christmas planter should take less than 30 minutes to assemble. Easy-Peasy!
Again, thank you Gardener’s Supply for sponsoring this post! All the opinions are totally mine.
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