Learn how to make these beautiful outdoor Christmas planters made with Birch branches and Winterberry. A quick and easy accent for your holiday porch decor.
Last year I made winter porch pots as part of my holiday porch decor and they were such a hit, that I just had to make them again this year.
But of course I wanted them a little bit different than last year. This year I decided Birch branches and bright red Winterberry were calling my name.
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How To Make Outdoor Christmas Planters
Gather your supplies:
- Pot Of Dirt
- 3 Birch Branches
- Noble Fir
The urn I am using was on my summer and fall front porches with a Kimberly Queen Fern in it.
Last year when I made my pots, I just cut down the mums that had been in my pots to soil level and used that to anchor my materials. Nature's own little flower frog.
I tried to do that with the fern, but unless I used my cordless drill to make holes in it (drilling and gardening rarely go together), it was going to be just too dense to stick anything into.
Ferns have a ridiculously tight root structure. It was sort of like trying to jam things into cement.
So I opted to dump the fern out, filled the urn with potting soil and compacted it as firmly as I could. The Birch branches are sort of heavy, so if you are using fresh dirt like I did, compacting it is ESSENTIAL.
So anyhow, let's start with your container.
Poke your Birch branches into the soil as far as they will go.
Take a few Noble Fir branches and stick them in around the Birch branches.
Distribute your Pine branches throughout the pot. They look similar to the Noble Fir, just a little floppier and good for filler.
Insert and drape your Cedar branches along the rim. Make sure you cascade some over the edge.
Insert Juniper in clusters along the front so you can see the pretty blue berries.
Top it off with the bright red, Christmas spirit inspiring Winterberry stems. Group toward the front of the container so you can enjoy them in all their glory!
This whole pot took maybe 10 minutes to make. Just about the quickest way to add Christmas cheer without being illegal.
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BTW, I am showing off my full porch decor on Monday's post with a few of my porch obsessed friends. I may have something pretty darn special lined up for it. See you then!
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20 Beautiful Winter Planter Ideas
Last year's Winter Porch Pots
Last year's Christmas Porch Decorations
Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces
So pretty, Pam! The winterberries are a wonderful spot of color!
Hope the cardinals don't find them on the porch 🙂
Where is the best place to find the needed plants and birch limbs for this planter? I’m new to this. ☺️
You can either scavenge for the greens in your yard or purchase them at a local nursery/garden center. The last few years Home Depot has also sold bundles of mixed greens for pots. You can also find just the birch limbs at crafts stores like Michaels and JoAnns.
Thank you so much!
Where do you get all of the supplies to make an outdoor Christmas planter?
You have such a magic touch when it comes to outdoor arrangements, Pam! Love, love, love it!!
Aww, thank you! I think they're fun to make, too bad I don't have room for twenty of them on my porch!
Kris @ Junk Chic Cottage
This is absolutely beautiful. Love it.
Thank you Kris! I LOVE decorating the porch for the holidays!
Do you water the plants daily and do they last through Christmas, since they are cuttings?
lovely porch planters. love the birch.
I love these planters and would love to create one of my own. Great tutorial and I'm pinning.
Lovely planters! I think they are a great alternative for Christmas trees, or you can put them up together to make everything more festive!
Do these require watering to keep it green and not dry out?
Where do you get the greenery?
A local garden center should have the greenery, berries and birch logs. And my Home Depot normally has small bundles they will sell, but I'm not sure if that is nationwide or specific to just that store.
How long are your birch sticks?
Hi. Love this planter. What size are the birch logs, and where can U purchase these?
What diameter and length did you use for the birch logs?
Mine are 20" long by 2" wide. I made quite a few as teacher gifts last year and those were a bit thicker (closer to 2 1/2"-3") and they worked fine.
Hello. Such beautiful ideas. I have very large/thick pieces of birch, any idea on how to trim easily? Also I would like to make these more for indoor decorations. without dirt. Would you suggest foam and fake branches like the noble fir? Thank You
I wouldn’t bring inside because of ticks
Do you have any idea approximately how many lbs of greens you use in a planter like this ? I’m ordering in bulk by the pound to make a few & im not sure how many lbs I would need. Thank you!!!
I actually don't, but I would estimate 3-5 pounds per planter? It looks like there's a lot in there, but it's really not a HUGE amount. There was 3 pieces of Noble Fir (which would be the heaviest just because it has thicker branches) and then approximately 6 small pieces each of the Pine, Cedar and Juniper. And then for the curly willow, probably 6-8 pieces in various sizes.
Does this greenery die off in your planter? I’ve never had luck with my winter planters! Thanks!
Pam, just beautiful! We all learn so much from your gifts, talents and creativity! Everything you do, you make it look so easy. Thank you so much for always, always sharing YOU with us!