Earlier this week, I posted my Christmas urns.
Here is a quick tutorial for those of you who might want to give it a whirl. I am not a florist/ trained designer. This is just a documentation of my trial & error building arrangements (ok done with my disclaimer).
Phase One: Building your Base
|I purchased a 30# box of mixed evergreens and was able to do all the arrangements pictured.|
Once my back pieces were in place (pine & juniper in my case) I removed the fir branches and added sand followed by water to help hold the branches.
This is what I ended up with at the end of phase one.
For the shorter arrangements I filled a smaller pot with soil.
Placed it inside the decorative urn.
Then I filled in the smaller pot with a
variety of greens. I also gave it the sand and water treatment.
Here is a shot of the group after phase one:
Now the fun starts, add and edit till the arrangement gives you the look you're after.
***For a frame of reference, the four arrangements featured took a whole package of curly willow, and 8 berry stems.
You will want to include and item or two of each of the following:
- pop of color
- reflective (shine or glitter)
|The curly willow is both vertical and textural while the ornament provides a pop of color and shimmer.|
|The berries and ornaments add visual interest from afar. Colored curly willow would be more visible from |
the street but since I am hoping to use these arrangements all winter, I felt silver, gold & white
would be too Christmasy after December.
- You may need to cut the branches you have to achieve the look you are after.
- More structured arrangements can benefit from chicken wire/ florist tape grid to hold branches in place.
- If you feel stuck, walk away from the arrangement for awhile and come back with a fresh set of eyes. Google images of urns/planters for inspiration.
- Enjoy decorating, don't view it as a chore. It is meant to bring joy to both you and others.