How to Make Beautiful Outdoor Planters for Winter

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With winter upon us, do you miss gardening as much as I do? Winter gardening with outdoor planters is a great way to satisfy that craving while decorating for the holidays.


I just finished decorating the front porch for Christmas and love how classic and simple it looks with my outdoor planters.

Inspired by what I did last year on the front porch, I replanted my garden containers with a whole new look.

I added lots of fresh greens, festive holiday touches and new door mats.

And I can’t wait to show you how to make these gorgeous containers.

My dogs love to greet visitors.

Decorating the Front Porch for Christmas

How I plant my containers is largely dictated by how I decorate my front porch for any given season.

Because I want them to be the overall focal point of my front porch decor.

When we renovated our home 15 years ago, we considered adding a full sized front porch onto our home. It was high on the priority list, but there were other things we wanted to add to our home too.

And it wasn’t all within our budget. So we had to make some decisions.

In lieu of having a full covered front porch, we opted for round brick paver steps with expansive gardens.

Not the same I know, but we opted for other amenities instead.

Someday I’ll have that big covered porch.

But this is what I have now and I love it!

When my kids were little, I used to sit here and watch them play in the front yard. Or watch them ride their bikes up and down the street.

Now I sit here among my cottage garden flowers and watch my dogs run around.

It’s sometimes challenging to decorate the front porch because the steps are rounded and my gardens are so expansive.

So instead of going crazy with all kinds of decor, I prefer to keep my front porch pretty simple.

Adding Beautiful Front Door Decor for Winter

When decorating the front porch for Christmas, the first place I start is the front door. Whether choosing live or faux, a gorgeous wreath or something like a basket filled with greens is a must. The front door needs something green and festive for winter.

This year, I received this beautiful live wreath from Lynch Creek Farms.

Isn’t it gorgeous?

So this wreath was the inspiration for my outdoor planters this winter.

Winter Gardening: How to Make These Outdoor Planters for Winter

Winter container gardens are a great way to extend the gardening season and are much easier to create than they look.

Outdoor planters for winter are low maintenance, require minimal investment and can last through February if properly cared for.

They are one of my favorite ways to dress up the front porch for the holidays.

Winter gardening with outdoor planters can be as budget-friendly as you want them to be.

If you have lots of greens in your yard, cut from them and save money.

And if you don’t have a variety of fresh greens to cut, ask a neighbor to cut some of theirs or pick some up from the nursery.

As an aside, fresh cut greens from the yard will last much longer than the ones you pick up at the nursery.

Although I’ve planted more greenery on my property to have more of a variety, I don’t have enough to cut to make my containers look different from the last few years.

So I supplemented this year’s containers with fresh greens from the nursery.

My containers turned out beautiful this year.

I can’t wait to show you how I made them!

Outdoor Planters for Winter Supplies

  • Fresh cut greens from your yard or the nursery like boxwood, cedar branch, juniper, holly, rhododendron, balsam, frasier fir, and andromeda.
  • Winter decor like ribbons, berries, colored branches, etc.
  • Pruners
  • Gloves
  • Potting Soil
  • Outdoor planters like and urn or other weather resistant container.

Beautiful Outdoor Planters for Winter Idea

  • Gather your supplies
  • When collecting greens from your yard or the nursery, look for greens that have different colors, textures and foliage sizes. Having a variety of greens will make a prettier planter. For my outdoor planters, I used balsam greens, juniper, cedar branch, and variegated boxwood.
  • Consider the container design thriller, filler and spiller technique. I not only use this method for my garden container designs, but also use it when creating centerpieces.
  • Because my containers will rest against the house, I don’t worry about the fullness of the design in the back. If you are placing yours in a location where you will see all sides, make yours fuller all around.
  • For this design, I started with the height and stuffed a bunch of tall balsam greens. When stuffing, make it look as symmetrical as you can.
  • To fill it in more and add fullness, I tucked in more balsam branches that I cut smaller and some variegated boxwood. Because the boxwood is variegated, it adds texture and dimension to the planters.

  • For spiller, I used cedar branches tucking them in so they could drape over the edges of the urns. I love the look of cedar branches in winter containers. I wish I had them on the property to cut.
  • When the spiller looked full, I added more filler greens to the urns to get a little more fullness, color and texture. I tucked in these junipers with those little berries.
  • To complete the look, I added a large red faux berry sprig and oversized pine cones.

  • When finished, stand back and make sure it looks symmetrical. If you are making two that are the same, put them next to each other to make sure they look similar.

Don’t they look amazing?

To learn how to care for winter garden containers, CLICK HERE.

For more gardening tips, tricks and inspiration, CLICK HERE.

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  • Donna Donna on Dec 14, 2020

    Where did you get the huge pinecones? Those are unbelievable compared to the cones in MS!

  • Teri Teri on Dec 14, 2020

    These were beautiful. May I ask do you keep the soil really wet to prevent them from drying out. How long do yours last before you need to remove them?

    P.S. Those two black labs are precious.

  • Pinecones & Acorns Blog Pinecones & Acorns Blog on Nov 05, 2021

    Did you also make your wreath? If so do you have a tutorial?

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