How to Create an Outdoor Winter Pot

My office for the next few days.

This week kicked off the winter pot brigade! It generally slows down enough for me to help make the 100 or so winter pots my company installs before Thanksgiving. Out of the 100 or so we make, about 10 are Christmas containers, but we like to use the nondescript term of ‘winter pots’, because 98% of our client base is Jewish. No red, no berries, no sparkles, no holly, no bows, no garland, nothing related to Christmas! These limitations aren’t that difficult, there are many other options available. I like a non-Christmas pot myself, as it can be displayed after Christmas without looking like you were lazy in removing the holiday displays. Sometimes I use something easily removable such as lighted sticks, or sprigs of red berries that can be removed from the display and the pot can continue on into January and beyond.


We pre-fab these at the office and the crews deliver these to the client’s homes. You can skip many of the next steps if you already have a prepared pot of soil. We make them this way so we don’t have to stand outside and do it! I think this almost falls into that category of, ‘Lazy man works the hardest!’ Ha!

We use nursery pots that closely fit the size of our client’s containers. Cut a plastic sheet to fit over the bottom holes. This slows or stops the water from draining and helps freeze the display in place. Next, add florist foam to the middle for stability of the larger ‘thriller’ items, as these could be rather large birch poles. Then fill the rest of the pot with a 50/50 soil/sand mixture. Be sure to really stuff that soil into the pot. The better packed soil helps hold the display in place from precipitation, the weight of snow and wind.





Copyright – Ilex Farrell

32 thoughts on “How to Create an Outdoor Winter Pot

    • Thanks! That one seems to be the most popular, even with the Jewish clients, which cracks me up as it does resemble a Christmas tree. Is one of the fastest, easiest, least amount of material also. Best profit margin. Boss likes it too!


  1. These are excellent and so pretty too! I have a pot outside that I just figured okay, see you next year, but now – no promises – you’ve got me thinking. Except that it’s already filled completely with soil. Are the evergreens actual plants and/or branches that you “plant” into the soil?

    Thanks for sharing. It looks like this is a fun creative project for you (though not your back). I just hope your garage is heated! 😉


    • The evergreen and ‘stuff’ are just cuttings, not plants. I literally am just sticking them in the dirt. The floral foam is not necessary, just makes pot lighter and holds larger items like the birch poles better. If you’re just using small sticks, plain soil is fine. You can go prune a few shrubs, hydrangeas, and evergreens in your yard and be set!
      Yes, lucky enough to have heated garage!

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