5-Step Instructions: How To Design A Christmas Outdoor Floral Arrangement ~ Detailed photo instructions showing how to make this gorgeous Christmas outdoor floral arrangement. Using the THRILLER, FILLER, SPILLER strategy makes it so much fun and so easy to do!
Have you ever wondered how to design a Christmas outdoor floral arrangement? I love to decorate for Christmas both indoors and outdoors especially designing large outdoor floral arrangements. I am not a trained floral designer but I have learned a strategy that really works. It is a very simple system that I use every time!
Hopefully this helps. My colour scheme is red, gold and greens but you can use this basic design method with any colour scheme to fit your outdoor décor. Just have fun!
How To Design a Christmas Outdoor Floral Arrangement
Fill your outdoor container with soil. I used an iron pedestal urn but any outdoor container will do.
Add your THRILLER. These are the tall accents that go in the middle of the arrangements. I used branches saved from spring pruning sessions and sparkly stalks that I have no idea what they are called but I bought them at Home Sense. I just inserted them into the soil.
Add your SPILLER. I bought Scotch Pine and Cedar branches at the local garden store. I used a pruner to cut them down to size and just inserted them into the outer rim of the container. I like the look of fullness so I first put in the Cedar branches and then filled in any gaps with the Scotch Pine branches. I designed the FILLERS so they splashed over the rim of the container.
Add your FILLER. I bought eight silk red with gold trim poinsettias at Home Sense. I placed them about one third lower than the tallest THRILLER branches just to create different levels in the arrangement. I used a wire cutter to trim the stems and just inserted them into the soil.
Add the EMBELLISHMENTS. My embellishments were gold and red sparkly picks that I just inserted into the soil. I prepared red ornament balls by attaching two or three balls to a floral pick with wire. Since the floral pick was quite short I attached it to another longer floral pick with electrical tape. I have to admit you don’t see the electrical tape at all and the ornament balls show up quite nicely in the arrangement. I then inserted a double bow that I made with a gold wire mesh fabric and a red and gold-wired ribbon. Since the whole arrangement was quite large I designed the double bow to be quite large so it worked as a nice accent piece.
I wove a strand of mini outdoor clear lights around the arrangement. Now it looks really pretty at night!
I also have a coordinating wreath hanging on the front door and a second style of Christmas floral container in the photographs. The urn pedestal arrangement is placed along the walk to the front entrance of the house and I also have three other outdoor Christmas floral arrangements in front of the garage doors. The bonus is that these arrangements last about two months from the beginning of November to the end of December.
This is a hobby that I have had for quite a few years. I just love decorating the outside just as much as the inside of the house. Following is a collection of photographs I took of the outdoor Christmas arrangements on a really pretty snowy day.
I am a bit of a bargain hunter so I am always on the look out for reasonably priced THRILLER, SPILLERS, FILLERS and EMBELLISHMENTS to add to my outdoor Christmas floral arrangements. Most of these items were purchased for half price and accumulated over several years making each arrangement every year very doable to put together.
Your turn: Do you have any creative ideas for your outdoor Christmas décor?
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