How to DIY Evergreen Winter Pots

Start by surrounding yourself with all of your materials. Once you do this, a helper usually shows up ๐Ÿ˜‰ I buy most of my bling from the Dollar Store. Anything I can’t find there, I go to Hobby Lobby. If you haven’t searched out any holiday pot ideas, get on the internet and start looking! Ideas are everywhere. If you’re lucky enough to be flexible with your design, you can come-up with some pretty cool ideas. Using ornaments is my new thang. I hot glue them onto sticks or if you’re luck enough to get styrofoamย  balls, the stick pushes right on.

A few often overlooked hints and tips:

  • Fresh cut and strip/trim the stem of needles on ALL of your greens right before sticking into the pot. It does make a huge difference as to how long the greens will stay green and especially how long the holly berries will stay on the branches.
  • Be sure where you want to push the stems into the foam, because the foam will break if you change your mind too often.
  • Before using hydrangea, pre-treat them to a blast of clear spray paint to help them keep their form.
  • If your display becomes covered in snow, be sure to clear it by hitting the branches in an UPWARD motion. If you push too hard on them downward, they may break. A broom does a great job.
  • After you have created your masterpiece, wet the display down well. It will freeze and hold all the stuff in place. It will also give some moisture to the cuttings.

Instead of me using a liner for this pot,ย  I used a tall, steel bucket.ย This time I did not use any soil, so I filled the bottom with a few rocks and cut the foam to fit in the bucket.ย This serves three purposes, better water collection for the greens at first, then for it to freeze the greens in place with little expansion, and lastly, a heavy base so the design wonโ€™t fall over in the wind and snow.

First, place your sticks (birch poles and sticks here) or the largest diameter things first. Youโ€™ll know right away if your foam is going to hold, nothing like making your whole design, and then placing your sticks and busting the foam!! Arrrg! >:-O Yes, I have learned the hard way! Big stuff first!

Think about where your pot will be displayed. Willย they be on the sides of your door? On top of a pier? On top of your mailbox? Or on just one side of the door, like this one. I set my sticks a bit to one side (the back) of my pot, so more bling can be added to the front and sides. If youโ€™re pot will be able to be viewed from all angles, Iโ€™d center them. If youโ€™re having one on either side of your door, I would mirror-image the bling on 3 sides of the pot.

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I like to get a ring around the bottom next, as you can be sure that there is a sufficient amount of greens around the bottom. Again, think of where your pot will be displayed. This one will be on the ground, so it will be viewed by looking down on it. Some folks have piers or taller areas where their pots are going, these pots will need to have a nice lower row, as this is what you may see when viewing up at it. Iโ€™m using Scottโ€™s Pine for my bottom. I love this material, as it already has pine cones attached! Donโ€™t worry if it sticks up a bit, as you add more to the center, it will flatten out.

On this one, I added Nobel Pine in the rear. Since these two pots are only about five feet apart, I wanted them to be similar. Large birch poles don’t make sense to the location, so I added these mini-birch-on-a-stick! They are best for little pops of color, without the weight of a multiple, large birch sticks.

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Here’s my corner pot with the extent of holiday lighting that I do. It’s only about two feet wide. These three on the corner are just out of the shot below to the left.

ยฉ Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

21 thoughts on “How to DIY Evergreen Winter Pots

  1. I LOVE it… and I currently fight with myself (and with my wallet) for a black christmas tree I saw in my junk store… together with giant black baubles… I think I need it even when the prices in the junk store are not junky but chunky for this stuff ;O)

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  2. You make such cool winter decorations in your pots – makes me start to feel Christmassy! ๐Ÿ™‚
    But if I had a helper like yours, I’d never get anything done! ๐Ÿ˜€
    LM is never interested in helping me, unless food is involved!

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  3. This is beautiful! I was thinking about making one but was unsure of how. I never thought about getting some of the materials from the dollar store. I just dropped by Michael’s and Joann fabrics and saw the prices (like $40-90) for the whole pot and was immediately turned off! haha This has definitely given me a lot of inspiration…a project in the very near future!

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    • Thank you and glad to be of service!
      Yes, the fancy bobbles can be pricey at the real hobby stores. I only go to them if I can’t find what I want at the dollar store.
      The evergreen pieces can get pricey also, unless you can harvest your own somwhere. I do find much of what I use for my own pots in the yard, spent hydrangea blooms, red or yellow dogwood sticks, birch poles… all of these can possibly be free if you have them in your yard. If not, maybe you can offer to prune your neighbor’s shrubs and get paid also! Ha ha!

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