‘I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas…’

From top left to right: Lime Snowflake Rug, Set of Six Emeraude Ornaments, Artificial Umbrella Tree, Fresh Boxwood Garland, Fresh Artichokes and Boxwood Wreath, Red and Green Decoupage Letterbox

Green has the stigma of being very traditional for the holidays but with modern pieces, like the ones seen above, its anything but.

 Bringing Green into your home can be a great way to add some rustic elegance to your Holiday decor.

And can also make a dramatic statement at your entranceway.

Photos by Country Living

With Christmas just ten days away, if your outdoor urns are looking dull and drab from the wintry weather (mine were sadly missing the beautiful Fall mums that had previously inhabited them), look no further!  Run out to your local nursery and purchase bunches of holiday greens and with some simple arranging, you’ll have professional quality holiday arrangements, minus the florist fees!

I decided to grab my camera as I was making my own arrangements, with the thought of sharing a little Do-It-Yourself advice with our readers.  (Please note that my urns and over fifty others are available on my site http://www.wellappointedhouse.com/Category/722-urns-planters-stately-ornaments.aspx)

Creating Fabulous Outdoor Holiday Arrangements

1.  Fill urn with topsoil if it has none

2.  Organize your greens in piles so that you can work efficiently.  Buy varying sizes and textures, to add dimension to the arrangement.  Get some ‘droopy’ greens that you can drape over the edges of the urns to give softness and buy some stiff, taller greens that you can place at center.  Be sure to get varying heights as well so that you can build the arrangement as you go.
3.  Start working from the outside in, filling as you go.
4.  As you begin to reach the center of the circle, start placing the taller greens (boxwood stems and others) there to give height to the arrangement.
5.  Once you have reached the middle section, you can get creative. In past years I have used red or burgundy sticks to be festive.  At local stores in our area, you can buy glitter covered sticks in many different colors.  This year, I decided to introduce some gold into my main arrangements (by my front door).
6.  Place the colored accents sticks at middle.  In my case, they are covered in gold glitter and glisten in the sun and moonlight in the evening.  They are magical!
By a side door to my home, I did another, smaller arrangement.  In this one I incorporated some red botanical accents to the arrangement.  Be creative! You can add just about anything to the greens.  Use your imagination!
Now that we have discussed some fabulous holiday greens to decorate your outdoor areas, check out our Green with Envy items for the inside of your home!  Happy Holidays to all of you and good luck shopping!  Our 20% off site wide sale ends tonight!
-Melissa Hawks

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