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How to Create Christmas Decorations Using Garden Pots

Updated on April 21, 2015
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Anan is an online blogger and private consultant since 2009 in the areas of relationships and interfaith spirituality.

Bring out the artist in you!

Need some ideas to dress up your door or porch for Christmas? Here are some inexpensive examples of how to bring Christmas to the outdoors.

Work with what you have

Everyone knows how expensive can be to dress up our home for the holidays. That is why we have to come up with creative ideas to work with what we have already in storage. I believe in recycling the old and incorporate the new.

By this I mean a new way of re purposing decorations. Every year, I rotate elements of my decoration from the inside to outside and vice versa. I love the uniqueness and variety, as to bring something new to the experience. As a family of artists, we have to express that part of our creative process into our decorating, using our imagination and materials other people would consider disposable.

Using gardening pots to decorate

As you can see, this is a very simple way to create an arrangement in a gardening pot. Take free license to incorporate natural items from the garden such as sticks and plants to make a breathing piece. Lights and other artificial ornaments will bring color and more texture to your creation.


Things you can use from the garden

  • clay pots
  • plastic containers
  • wooden boxes
  • hanging planters
  • sticks
  • stones
  • moss
  • existing plants or trees
  • Pine cones ( my favorite)

Things you can re use or make

Small ornaments like balls or figurines

  • Lights
  • Fake snow or spray paint
  • Cutout figurines
  • Fabric
  • Ribbon
  • Yarn
  • And yes... Artificial plants and flowers are OK to use too.
  • Paint!!!
  • * We all have something in a box somewhere...

Think outside of the box

Color is your best friend when it comes to decorating, including white, black and everything in between.

Take time to go outside and look at how nature dresses up for winter. How light accentuates the landscape. Use those references to create your ornaments.

This year display for my apartment

Don't be afraid to have fun or incorporate a theme

There are no rules to what you can incorporate into the design, including a specific theme or color palette. Hey go all the way, let's see what you can create.

  • strict Christmas red and white
  • religious
  • Disney ( you know what I mean)
  • just using light displays

Working with what I had

I have these pots that I re use for decorating my small patio all year round. Changing the contents from real plants ( my green thumb is brown by all accounts) that often die on me, to my special collection of silk flowers I use to bring some color to my otherwise dead garden.

I used last years ornaments from our tree. It was all ice blue with silver tones. Living in LA county, CA. We don't have a white Christmas, so with the help of a snow like spray, it creates the illusion of snow.

All the elements used here were already at my disposal, including some pine cones I found near my home. The gingerbread man and the other characters used here was the same one I used as ornaments for the tree last year.Some suede white poinsettias that I bought at the 99 cent store and the plastic ornaments in different tones of ice blue.

Give it a try...

You have nothing to lose and a lot to save, while having fun doing it.


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    • izettl profile image

      Laura Izett 

      3 years ago from The Great Northwest

      Great way to use a pot during winter!

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      4 years ago

      A pligesnaly rational answer. Good to hear from you.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      I have pots that I can use to make some of these beautiful ideas. I love the hanging basket idea. I only wish we had snow in Florida to enhance the suggestion.

    • ananceleste profile imageAUTHOR

      Anan Celeste 

      5 years ago from California

      Thank you purl3agony!

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      Donna Herron 

      5 years ago from USA

      These are beautiful ideas - so creative and festive! I love the hanging baskets wrapped in white lights - so pretty!! Voted up and pinned!

    • ananceleste profile imageAUTHOR

      Anan Celeste 

      5 years ago from California

      Hi Eddy! Welcome back to my hub. Have a blessed weekend dear.

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      5 years ago from Wales

      What a wonderful hub and I vote up plus save for my own use in the next coming weeks. A great share and I wish you a great weekend anacelste.



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