My outdoor Christmas Containers were rather varied this year.
....From making some for retail:
Even though I have been making these for ages, I never tire of it (until you make the 50th + :) ! The best part about making these, the choices for accents and greenery are always lush and full.
Yet they come with a price. The materials do cost quite a bit. Unless you have a wholesale savings option.
.....To making some personally for us:
I made a conscious decision to keep reusing accent materials and finding sustainable resources for greenery. All the accents were reused from several years worth of collecting.
I clipped Sumac Pods from the roadside, Dogwood stems, Yew bush and Juniper clippings from our property. The rest are all accents purchased years ago. The birch stems are from a tree we lost two years ago to Cytospora canker :( At least we can benefit from using its branches well after the tree has been taken down.
I even saved thin stems from the birch to add to even this smaller door greeter and tiny cast iron urn below...
For the tiny cast iron urn, I made a square frame from (4 bound together) small birch stems and placed it on the rim of the urn and just layered some cones and boxwood clippings in between.
For these next two (below), I actually bought some artificial boughs. My front area by the garage is in full sun for the entire afternoon and facing north. Evergreen boughs just brown out by January; no matter how much snow I heap on top to melt. I decided to try artificial boughs and plan to reuse them time and again to keep the planter green.
Here's one I made for work below. I gathered Teasel dried seed pods.
You can find Teasel seed heads everywhere in Southern Ontario. You could easily spray paint them different colours for a bit more impact. Just be careful handling them. They are prickly!
If you have a hard time coming up with inexpensive live green choices, my neighbour had a fantastic idea. She went to the local grocery store and saw fresh cut Fraser Fir Christmas trees for $20. Great deal. She brought one tree home and then cut all the boughs from the entire tree and managed to make 4 containers worth. Saving her a bundle! Isn't that a great idea?!!!
What ever you do.... be creative and enjoy the process! If you're new to making them, here's a post I made a while back on the step-by-step DIY.