How to Decorate a Container for the Holidays

Painted magnolia in a hose pot
Chicken wire

Condition greenery by soaking in water for a few hours or overnight

Cut chicken wire to use as a floral frog

Container to make arrangement in. I used this old hose pot.

Form chicken wire to serve as a floral frog. Tape down to secure.

Begin stuffing floral frog with conditioned greenery

Paint magnolia Crimson Red

Painted magnolia in a hose pot

When in doubt, add more!  Now that you have the hang of it, tie your outdoor decorations together by adding red elsewhere.

Unleash your inner painter. These magnolia leaves were used in a window box

Don't stop with magnolia; these pine cones were used in garland around a door

So you see, little is needed to create awesome Christmas decorations.

Helen Yoest is a garden writer and coach through her businessGardening with Confidence™

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  1. Joy said

    That was really pretty and it seemed quite easy too .. now where can I find those materials ? LOL … I love the smell of greens in the house for Xmas : )

  2. Stevie said

    Those red pine cones are so pretty! Who needs a bow?!

  3. […] The decorating is done, for me and my clients.  If you are still looking to be inspired, have a look here:  How to Decorate a Birdbath for the Holidays &  How to Decorate a Container for the Holidays. […]

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