Today I’m excited to share two fresh evergreen projects I did for our Christmas front porch this year. I love getting creative with fresh pine because it’s quintessential Christmas, it smells divine, and it stays green throughout the whole holiday season.
DIY Christmas Planter
My first project was creating a Christmas planter. I picked the urn up at an auction and immediately started dreaming on my Christmas Pinterest board how I could dress it up for the holidays.
- Potting soil
- Floral foam — I used four blocks, but how much you need depends on the size and shape of your urn.
- Fresh-cut evergreen — You’ll need quite a bit, in varying sizes, depending on the size and shape of your urn. Mine is mostly cedar from a tree in my yard. I also included some berried juniper that I got at Home Depot.
- White glitter twigs (similar)
- Red glitter berries (similar)
- Silver berries (similar)
- Matte red ball ornaments (similar)
- Floral picks
- Gold pine cones (similar)
- Pruning shears (I have these.)
How I did it:
First I soaked the floral foam in water. I used my tub so that I’d have room to soak all four blocks at once. Let them soak until they sink to the bottom of the water, or they might end up with dry patches.
Once the blocks were saturated, I filled the urn with potting soil, leaving enough room at the top for the blocks of foam. I placed three blocks of foam on the soil and cut one of the blocks up to fill in the smaller gaps.
Next I added the cedar to the urn. I started with a tall and full piece in the center of the urn to establish the height of the arrangement. Then I started filling in around it to get a somewhat rounded shape. This was the most time-consuming part. You’ll be surprised how much evergreen you need! I used some floppier pieces around the lip of the urn to give it a pretty, cascading look — and so you can’t see any foam. Once I had it all filled in, I used my pruning shears to trim it up a little bit.
Time for the embellishments! First I added the white glitter twigs on the top. Then, I decided to create four focal points around the urn with my embellishments, mostly focusing on the three sides that you can see as you walk up to the house and stand on our front porch. I created clusters with the berried juniper, ball ornaments, silver and red berries, and pinecones. (I attached the ball ornaments to floral picks using wire. The pine cones were already on picks.)
Of course, at the end I fussed with it for a while, arranging and rearranging, but I am so excited with the end result! To help it last, I periodically water the arrangement and mist it with water from a spray bottle.
DIY Fresh Evergreen Christmas Wreath
I’m equally excited about how my wreath turned out this year. The great thing about this wreath is I started with a basic Fraser fir wreath from Home Depot and customized it to my liking with sprigs of a second type of evergreen and Christmas embellishments.
How I did it:
First I removed the bow that came on the wreath. Next I cut a bunch of cypress sprigs. I’d say they average about 8 to 10 inches long. The sprigs need to have a few inches of bare stem at the bottom so you have something to wire to the wreath.
Once the sprigs were ready, I started adding them to the wreath. To do this, I inserted the stems into the wreath as far as I could. Then, I took floral wire and wrapped it around the stems and the wreath, twisting it in the back to secure the stems to the wreath.
I worked my way around the wreath adding sprigs until the whole wreath was full of them. I then used my fingers to work the cypress into the Fraser fir so that the sprigs look like they were part of the original wreath.
Next I added two stems of red berry sprays to frame the top of the wreath. Again, I used floral wire to secure the spray stems to the wreath. The sprays are made of pliable wire, so I molded the sprays so they curve around the wreath.
Then I made my bow! It’s pretty much impossible to articulate how to make a bow like this in writing, so I recommend watching this video. I secured my bow with a piece of floral wire, and then used the wire to add the bow to the wreath, covering the berry stems.
Next I made my pine cone picks by hot gluing floral picks into glitter pine cones. Once dry, I stuck the picks into the wreath.
Time to hang it up!
I also added a 15′ white pine garland and a couple oversized ornaments:
Our very merry front porch!