Greet Holiday Guests in Grand Styleby Lisa Greene on November 25, 2016 at 2:07 am
Tis the season for holiday visitors. Welcome guests with an entry decorated with greens, berries and, of course, bows. A popular holiday greeting — urns. Here is how you can create holiday urns to give your front door a festive look.
Start with the right container — or two containers to flank your door. Choose heavy containers so they won’t blow over in the wind. If you already have containers with plants in it, just cut the plants down to the soil level with a pair of clippers. If the containers are new, you can add potting soil or floral foam. Before you add greens, water well. If using new soil, pack it firmly.
Now you are ready for the greens. A visit to your local florist or garden center should offer some great choices: balsam, cedar, magnolia, pine, noble fir, eucalyptus and pods to name a few. Keep in mind the prettiest planters are made with greens of varying texture. I would suggest using balsam fir as your base; it offers the quintessential evergreen scent. While you are at the greenhouse, pick up some branches, such as red twig dogwood, natural or white painted birch, or go glitter with gold, silver or copper painted sticks.
All greens benefit from a fresh cut and a drink of water before arranging. Using pruners, cut about an inch off the bottom of your greens and branches and place them in a bucket of water. Let them drink for a couple of hours.
Starting with your most plentiful green, poke the greens directly into the prepped containers. Place greens around the pot’s lip and angle them until you have vertical specimens in the center of the pot. Continue using different greens. If you are creating a matched pair, work on them side by side. If you have extra greens, tie them together and make a swag for your back door.
The next step is to add pops of color with the sticks and berries. Place them so they look like they radiate from the center and rise like a phoenix. Once you are finished, water the pots again and monitor them occasionally. If it is warm, they may drink quite a bit.
Once the urns are in place, you’re ready for the finishing touches —a wreath with a beautiful bow that reflects your style and the color of the door.
If creating your own holiday urns is not your cup of tea or time is of the essence, leave it to the professionals and contact your local florist. Florists are experts at holiday décor and can decorate your front door, Christmas tree, mantels, stairways, centerpieces and other living spaces.
How do you decorate your front door for the holidays?