I love using natural materials at any time of the year to decorate my home, but I especially love it during the Christmas holiday decorating season. 

Here is one example of a quick arrangement that I put together in a very short amount of time. I took photos of the process.

  1. Gather from your garden (or local nursery) some cedar branches, huckleberry or boxwood branches along with some decorative ornaments.

cedar branches

2.       Fill your urn with water and place the cedar branches inside, arranging them to hang over the edge of your planter. cedar branches planter box

3. Place about 3 twigs of huckleberry or boxwood (which you can spray paint to add colour or sparkle) among the cedar branches near the back.

4. Place an oversized ornament (or lichen ball as shown) in the centre of the branches to weigh them down to keep them in place.

5. Add other decorative ornaments or ribbons to your arrangement for the finishing touch. Cedar branches arrangement

Now wasn’t that easy?

If you have any quick holiday decorating ideas, share it with us by leaving a comment!


  • Maria Killam
    Posted December 12, 2011 at 12:36 pm 1Likes

    Lovely! And so easy, I need to buy myself an urn!

  • Ellie Norris
    Posted December 15, 2011 at 6:54 am 0Likes

    Really nice, so simple!

    Also want to say how much I enjoy your decorating idea’s emails. They are always a pleasant unexpected surprise. Thank you.

    Merry Christmas and all the best in the new year. Ellie

  • Nancy
    Posted December 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm 0Likes

    Thanks Ellie! I’m happy to know you are enjoying the newsletters. ~ Nancy

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