I decided to try my hand at decorating an urn this year. I've never done it before and have always admired all the lovely ones I see at friends houses, so decided to give it a whirl. In November Mr. P and I hiked through our woods at the farm and I collected the red dogwood branches, birch twigs and cedar boughs. I had to buy the Fir and Pine as we don't have those trees on our property.....(note to self to plant some).
Mr. P brought the urn into the house so I didn't have to work outside in the cold. I put down a drop cloth which was great when it came time to clean up. I didn't use even a third of what you see here, so when I was finished, I folded the whole thing up and brought the extra greens outside. I've got lots left to make arrangements for inside.
I stuffed newspaper in the bottom of the urn, then wedged the floral foam so it was sturdy. I poked the birch branches in to start, then the fir branches next. The fir branches act as a good stabilizer at the back of an arrangement so the pine and cedar that are more delicate won't get blown around. I found some velveteen magnolias in a box in the basement (that I haven't seen in years) and stuffed them in the bottom. More rustic than glitzy, but that's my style.
No sooner did we get it outside, then it started to snow. I had fun making this. It was quite therapeutic, so I think I should make some more goodies with all those leftovers. I'll keep you posted.
UPDATE: Latest planter decorated for the Holidays with another step-by-step DIY can be found HERE