Outdoor Christmas Planter DIY Decorating Tips ~ Easy to follow tips anyone can use to design and make gorgeous outdoor planters for the Christmas season.
Are you interested in making your own outdoor Christmas planters? Are you not quite sure what to collect to go into your planter? Are you not quite sure how to design it so it looks gorgeous?
I have been making outdoor Christmas planters for years. It is one of my favourite DIY hobbies to do every Christmas season. I am not a trained professional but I was originally taught by a close friend who taught horticulture and floral design. I have since learned a lot of outdoor Christmas planter DIY decorating tips on my own through trial and error.
Whenever I see Christmas outdoor planters on display I always stop to see what materials were used and how they were designed. I particularly like the ones in front of floral shops for inspiration! But when I create my outdoor planters I don’t have access to wholesale materials as do the professionals. I have a budget that I work with and yet I can still create my version of gorgeous outdoor Christmas planters!
Here are my …
Outdoor Christmas Planter DIY Decorating Tips
Pick a colour scheme of one to three colours to help narrow down what materials you want to use. This year a decided to go with just classic Christmas red for the accent colour. I also love colour combinations like red and gold, silver and dark blue or teal.
Choose a theme for your outdoor Christmas planters. Do you want to go all natural using fresh greens, pinecones and birch logs? Or do you prefer the faux look using silk flowers and glittered embellishments?
Birch logs in outdoor Christmas planters are very trendy right now. I designed a planter last year using this natural log that I share in
I personally like a combination of natural and faux materials. I love to use fresh greenery for its fragrance and green natural look. My favourites are cedar and scotch pine. I also like to use tall natural branches. Then I add silk poinsettias that I collected over the years and embellishments and branches splashed with some glitter.
Using a combination of natural and faux materials is also a cost saver. The only new material I need to buy each year is the fresh greenery. The rest of the items are collected over the years. The silk poinsettias were bought at clearance sales and even at the thrift store. The natural branches can be reused for several years. I did have to replace the glittered branches after having used them for about ten years because they started to look quite faded.
Plan your Christmas outdoor planters using the THRILLER, SPILLER, FILLER design method. This is my go-to method when collecting materials and designing the planter. It helps narrow down choices of what to buy and collect and it ensures creating a gorgeous outdoor Christmas planter. I decided to start with the SPILLER for this outdoor Christmas planter. But this is how the method works:
The SPILLER is the material that spills over the plant pot. For this Christmas outdoor planter, I used natural cedar greens and faux leaf like sprays I bought at the dollar store.
The THRILLER is the impact feature in the planter. It is the material that is taller. It is also the feature that your eyes are drawn to first. I usually use tall branches placed in the middle of the planter. Here I used a combination of natural and glittered branches.
The FILLER is what goes in the middle of the planter and fills up the space between the THRILLER and the FILLER. I used fresh scotch pine and the silk poinsettias for this planter.
If it is possible, avoid buying your fresh greenery in stores where it is displayed indoors. I bought mine at the garden shop in the town I live in and they always display their product on a table outside the shop. I stopped by at a much larger garden shop in the city and noticed they had all their greenery displayed indoors. I don’t have proof but I think going from cold to warm back to cold temperature changes will impact how long the greenery last. Fresh Christmas trees are only displayed and sold in outdoor tree lots so it only makes sense to me that fresh greenery be treated the same way.
Make your outdoor Christmas planter in a separate plastic plant pot or liner. When it is completed place it in the display pot. The plastic pot or liner is a lot lighter to work with when making the planter. It also is a lot easier to dismantle and clean up the planter at the end of the Christmas season. Where I live we always have a white Christmas with freezing temperatures at night. My Christmas planters are always frozen so that means I need to bring them into the house to thaw them before I can dismantle them. I leave the heavier display pots outdoors and just carry in the plastic pots.
Fill the plastic plant pot with soft garden soil. But before you do cover the bottom of plastic plant pot with a couple of coffee filters if it has holes on the bottom. This keeps the soil in the plastic plant pot. When adding the soil to the pot be sure to press it down firmly like you do when you add brown sugar to a measuring cup.
Use pruning shears to cut the fresh greenery to size as well as strip away any extra greens on the stem. You want to have a clean stem to firmly insert into the soil. I use every cut piece of the greenery so very little is wasted.
Finish off your outdoor Christmas planter with some embellishments. I decided to keep things simple with this outdoor Christmas planter design and just added some red Christmas ornaments attached to a floral pick.
Here is another outdoor Christmas planter I made but added a few more red glitter floral picks. These also had to be made longer by attaching them to a floral pick. Here is a detailed tutorial showing how I made this outdoor Christmas planter in a large black urn:
Tuck a big bow into the front at the base of the outdoor Christmas planter.
I have a go-to method for making gorgeous bows. I give detailed instructions with step-by-step photos and lots of ideas for designing gorgeous bows in
Work with odd numbers. I don’t count the fresh greenery but I did add a random number of branches of different heights. I also added three faux glittered sprays, seven silk poinsettias and one big bow.
Avoid going for an even look but at the same time strive for a balanced look. I know that sounds confusing. The uneven look is created working with uneven numbers placed evenly but not perfectly even. The balanced look comes from having a balanced amount of the THRILLER, SPILLER, FILLER and embellishments without overdoing one of them. It also comes from using a display pot that is balanced in size for the completed arrangement.
I made three of the same planters that are now placed in front of the black double garage doors. The green from the fresh greenery along with the red accent colour adds to the outdoor Christmas décor curb appeal.
When your outdoor Christmas planter is done insert it into the display planter. Add a bit of water to give the fresh greenery a small drink. But be careful not to add too much and soak everything. I find this splash of water helps settle the soil and keep everything in place.
When it comes to floral design there are specific rules the professionals follow. As a hobbyist floral designer, I have my basic guidelines that make it easy for anyone to design and make their own outdoor Christmas planters. That being said, at the end of the day, it is your design and your taste so go ahead and add your own personal touch! For example, I chose to trim the faux poinsettias stems a bit lower this year to create a ‘sea of red’ near the base of the planter. I quite like how it turned out!
Living in Canada, I have always had a white Christmas. But winter is taking its time arriving this year. The temperatures have been quite warm and the grass is still a quite green. As you can see I took these photographs without the snow. But guaranteed, it will arrive and these green and red outdoor Christmas planters will look extra stunning.
Are you new to making your own outdoor Christmas planters? What colours and materials do you like to use? What are your thoughts on just using classic Christmas red? I hope these outdoor Christmas planter DIY decorating tips will help you create something gorgeous!
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