|Here, I have made one with a silhouette tree in the background. I have a lot of black iron accents at my home. I enjoy using this, since after Christmas, the iron evergreen really pops out during the snowy winter months ahead.
|Second - arrange your focal points. Those that give height and attention to your design. Here I chose birch stems with varying heights and an iron tree silhouette. The great aspect of sand is it holds birch stems really well.
|Fun evergreen tree silhouette.
- Sharp pair of pruners
- Working gloves that aren't cumbersome
- Saw to cut the birch stems down to size (or buy already cut)
|Can't say enough about fresh cuts. ANGLE them, making sharp points. a) they insert better this way and b) once the stem is in contact with moist sand, a fresh cut will continue to draw moisture up the stem. Making your design last longer.
|Depending on the quality of white pine you find, many of the stems will look like this. With the bulky nature of the stem at the base, you can't shove this in the container without it looking...poorly.
|Cut in sections. Leaving long lengthy shoots for the centre of your design. Mid length for bulk and small lengths for filler and spill overs.
|Here I used about a half a bundle, working with tall bits, and shorter bits to fill in the spaces evenly. I didn't fill it entirely, not yet. More to fill in.
|Next is BC Cedar. This adds texture, richer green colour and some really great spill over effect.
|Insert them between the white pine. So that stems and cut ends are not visible.
|You can't even tell this is only a third of the cedar bough.
|This creates a layered effect and it adds bulk and texture for a fuller look. The tips and good looking bits should be at the top of the planter, by the birch stems. While the smaller, more gnarly bits get tucked under the white pine bits.
|There - again, I used only a half a bundle of each green for this planter.
|Now the fun bits. Here is where colour is key. I use red-twig dogwood stems for height and colour variation.
|Insert where you need colour contrast and height.
|I purchased these artificial berries years ago and reuse them year to year. Great investment.
|Be sure to water til freeze-up. When mild breaks in weather occur, give them another drink. I even heap a bit of snow now again and let it melt towards the back of the container. Works just as well. Will last until March.