I usually don’t make my Christmas urns this early, but I thought I would make a few for the craft show next week. Might as well go with my strengths. Instead of using the typical round container “drop-in”, I decided to use the wooden skid planters we had left over from the Farmers Market.
1 – First things first – gather some fresh greens. 7 years ago I planted quite a few shrubs and evergreens especially for the purpose of making my own planters, including a weeping nootka and a redtwig dogwood. I also cut some curly willow branches and spray painted them white.
2 – Find a good workspace. We are currently experiencing beautiful weather so I was able to work outside at the potting table. Lots of room to spread out and get stuck in. 3 – Whether you are planting a round container or an oblong one like this skid planter, the rules are basically the same. Thriller, filler spiller. I start at the front with the spiller and work my way to the back adding the filler greens. I used the red twigs and painted curly willow for some height.
4 – The only thing missing from this planter is large pinecones. We only have those long skinny ones in this area and I don’t much care for the look of them, so I added a bow and some sparkly ornaments instead.
I also added in some ice-plant flower heads and some holly until finally, there was absolutely no room left for anything else.
5 -If you want it to last thru the winter just make sure the soil doesn’t dry out. Mine usually last until mid-February, and we live in a Zone 6 with some extremely frigid temperatures.