Planters do not have to be put away during the long weeks of winter, especially wooden varieties that will not crack and break because of ice and snow. They can be filled will all sorts of eye-catching cold weather decor that will give your porch, deck or patio a stylish seasonal look. Consider four creative ways to fill them. They can be used to hold and display pine branch arrangements, lighted displays and more. They will look just as lovely as they did in the spring, summer and fall.
Fill Outdoor Wooden Planters with Faux Pine Branches and More
Pine trees are iconic of winter. After all, they are the only trees that retain their green hue. The branches make fantastic decor for outdoor pots that once held flowers and other foliage. To keep them looking fantastic all season long, use faux branches. Fill your outdoor wooden planters with artificial pine branches or mini trees using the photo as a guide. Attach pinecones using clear fishing line or ordinary wire. The branches or trees can be wrapped with strings of white or amber LED lights for a gorgeous nighttime display.
Surround Bare Lighted Branches with Pinecones
Bare branches are also indicative of the season, and wooden winter planters should be filled accordingly. Plant a straight branch that looks like a small tree in the center of the pot. Flock the branches with white enamel paint that has been sprinkled with Epsom salts. After the paint fully dries, seal the icy branches with clear acrylic sealer. Wrap the dry branches with white or amber LED lights. Top the soil with an array of flocked pinecones to complete the outdoor display.
Decorate Real Potted Pines in the Planters
Miniature pines can be used to fill outdoor wooden planters. They can be decorated in countless ways. Wrap them with strings of white or amber LED lights, and add pinecones or mini ornaments. Small hanging glittered snowflakes are also ideal. When winter ends, the trees can be planted for a permanent live display that can be enhanced year after year.
Add a Grapevine Wreath, Metallic Ornaments and an Outdoor Faux Candle
If you prefer to fill your outdoor wooden planters with something that does not include pine branches or trees, create a gorgeous candle display. Buy woven grapevine wreaths that can be mounted on top of the planters. Attach them with hot glue. The glue will be easy to peel away when spring arrives. Place a flickering indoor/outdoor flameless pillar candle in the center of each one. Surround the candles with pinecones and hard-shelled nuts. The outdoor display will look phenomenal both day and night, all winter long.
Source: Professional Home Decorating and Advanced Crafting Experience