DIY Outdoor Porch Christmas Topiaries Tutorial; Less than $5!
These are my front porch topiary pots.
They are empty. They are sad. Just leftover dirt from my summer flowers.
They need some Christmas love. Some Christmas sparkle.
So here is what I did, for less than $5.
First, I gathered branches from trees. I went scouting for branches that were discarded from fall cleanup. They are everywhere! They are on the side of the road all over on the outside of town. They are on the edges of ditch banks. They are in parks and school playgrounds. They are seriously everywhere. I didn’t cut ANY off trees, just used the dead ones on the ground. You might have some in your backyard! Here I used them natural, but
I have spray painted them gold before and they looked great too. I’m sure they would look great painted white or silver as well.
(Ok I should come clean here, I sent my hubby out in the middle of the night with a headlamp on to find these branches for me. He is just nice like that… and that is how easy it is to find them haha!)
Here are the two wreaths I scored on an after Christmas sale at JoAnn’s last year.
Each wreath was $2.50.
After my Christmas tree was decorated, I put the extra ornaments into a big bowl.
This is will be the perfect use for them.
Now, we start!
First, lay your wreath on the outside of your pot. (If you are putting this out in the open you will want to wire it to the pot but mine are under my overhang so I didn’t. The wreath felt heavy enough.)
Then dig your branches into the dirt in your pot. If you don’t have dirt in your pot already- secure your branches in the shape you like with wire, place your bundled branches in and fill with sugar. The sugar is cheap and will secure your branches in place. If your pots are very large, fill the bottom with empty water bottles or other such space fillers and then fill in the gaps with dirt or sugar.
After securing branches, take any old fabric- it doesn’t have to be pretty, just match. Stuff it around the bottom of the branches to make a nest for your ornaments.
Now dump your ornaments around the base of the branches. I like to turn the hanger part upside down. Use any leftover ornaments to hang on the branches- just a few!
I added more bling with a few fake crystal ornaments to catch the sun.
THAT’S IT. Easy. Hang a coordinating wreath on the door and you’ll have a wonderful Christmas welcome for any visitor!