Urn Decorating Workshop

The second annual urn decorating workshop is almost upon us! We're looking forward to a fun and creative afternoon learning how to use fresh greenery and holiday decor to spruce up your urns and planters! Space is limited, email Julie at julie@shapingyourspace.com to reserve your spot.

If you can't make it...we'll miss you!  Check out some of the visuals and ideas that I've used in my own home below.  This is all stuff you can do yourself!  

Have fun and enjoy your holiday decorating!  Julie 

  I created this collage of images as inspiration for decorating a front porch.   A lot of these ideas can be used anywhere inside your home too!      

 

I created this collage of images as inspiration for decorating a front porch.   A lot of these ideas can be used anywhere inside your home too!  

 

 

 

I love this mantle idea SO much I used it as my inspiration for my Christmas mantle last year.  This wasn't nearly as difficult as it looks to do!  I used fresh garland (the cheap stuff from Home Depot) and intertwined it with fresh magnolia leaves.  Then I added large sugar pine cones, fresh winterberry and some dried floral until it felt done!  I love the way it looked and felt great that I did it pretty economically (under $100).  The BEST part is that the magnolia (the expensive part) dried beautifully and I'll re-use that again this year!

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  Here's a photo of my mantle in progress!  Looks pretty good if I do say so myself ;)

 

Here's a photo of my mantle in progress!  Looks pretty good if I do say so myself ;)

  We'll be demonstrating making something similar to this gorgeous urn made by Garden Answer

 

We'll be demonstrating making something similar to this gorgeous urn made by Garden Answer

  Here's a step by step on how I fill those beautiful urns: How To Design a Christmas Outdoor Floral Arrangement Step 1 Fill your outdoor container with soil or chicken wire (or a combo of both).  If it's already cold enough that the dirt in your urn is hard or frozen...that's okay...just grab a trowel and we'll make it work! Step 2 Add your THRILLER. These are the tall accents that go in the middle of the arrangements. I like to use something tall in random heights.  It could be spruce tops, birch branches,  simple twigs (long and tall) from your yard that are spray painted (like the pic above) or an large Christmas ornament like a large ball.   Step 3 Add your SPILLER. I love to use Scotch Pine and Cedar branches from the local garden store. I use a pruner to cut them down to size and just insert them into the outer rim of the container. I like the look of fullness so I first put in the Cedar branches and then filled in any gaps with the Scotch Pine branches. I design the FILLERS so they splash over the rim of the container.  KEY TiP: Don't throw anything out---even branches that barely have anything left on them!   Step 4 Add your FILLER. This could be winterberry, large pieces of spruce, dried floral---ANYTHING that is full and lovely and fills in the gaps.  Make sure you have enough of it to work all around the urn.  We don't want it looking skimpy!  I place them about one third lower than the tallest THRILLER branches just to create different levels in the arrangement. Use a wire cutter to trim the stems and just inserted them into the soil. Step 5 Add EMBELLISHMENTS. Again, this could be smaller ornaments, sparkly branches, silk branches in a vibrant color or metallic.  Most floral supply stores sell small gold/silver/red balls clustered together and those are great to add in some sparkle.   Ribbon or bows are also a nice touch at this last stage!   Optional   It's always great to add a strand of mini outdoor lights around the arrangement.  The battery operated are great!

 

Here's a step by step on how I fill those beautiful urns:

How To Design a Christmas Outdoor Floral Arrangement

Step 1

Fill your outdoor container with soil or chicken wire (or a combo of both).  If it's already cold enough that the dirt in your urn is hard or frozen...that's okay...just grab a trowel and we'll make it work!

Step 2

Add your THRILLER. These are the tall accents that go in the middle of the arrangements. I like to use something tall in random heights.  It could be spruce tops, birch branches,  simple twigs (long and tall) from your yard that are spray painted (like the pic above) or an large Christmas ornament like a large ball.  

Step 3

Add your SPILLER. I love to use Scotch Pine and Cedar branches from the local garden store. I use a pruner to cut them down to size and just insert them into the outer rim of the container. I like the look of fullness so I first put in the Cedar branches and then filled in any gaps with the Scotch Pine branches. I design the FILLERS so they splash over the rim of the container.  KEY TiP: Don't throw anything out---even branches that barely have anything left on them!  

Step 4

Add your FILLER. This could be winterberry, large pieces of spruce, dried floral---ANYTHING that is full and lovely and fills in the gaps.  Make sure you have enough of it to work all around the urn.  We don't want it looking skimpy!  I place them about one third lower than the tallest THRILLER branches just to create different levels in the arrangement. Use a wire cutter to trim the stems and just inserted them into the soil.

Step 5

Add EMBELLISHMENTS. Again, this could be smaller ornaments, sparkly branches, silk branches in a vibrant color or metallic.  Most floral supply stores sell small gold/silver/red balls clustered together and those are great to add in some sparkle.   Ribbon or bows are also a nice touch at this last stage!  

Optional  

It's always great to add a strand of mini outdoor lights around the arrangement.  The battery operated are great!