Decking the Window Boxes for Christmas
The weather around here has been crazy! One day is sunny and 60 (highly unusual for us) and the next everything is covered in snow…
On the day I headed to my parents’ house to nab greens for our window boxes, Pops was pretty sure we were racing to beat a snow storm…
When I left our house, my sweet pea was happy and bright growing on the vine…
As is usually the case when it comes to questions about the great outdoors, Pops was right!
This was their front yard a few hours after we rounded up our greens…
Gathering Greens for Christmas Window Boxes
I think the holiday time is when I actually get the most questions from people about my window boxes. Especially from the hearty folks who walk in my neighborhood during the frosty winter months.
It can be a little tough to get those greens to do just what you want them to.
So here’s the scoop on how I put mine together…
I grab my huge pink tub and head north to my parents’ house. They have a big, beautiful place surrounded by woods.
Along with spending time with my Pops, trucking around the woods in the Ranger is my favorite part of the excursion!
One of the biggest mistakes I see people make in winter window boxes is only buying one kind of greens.
Usually the long, thin pines that don’t give your window box much depth.
Pops and I have a big advantage, I know. We have the whole woods to pick from and we do!
This year, you could see the beautiful Michigan sky shifting from blue to grey as we tried to beat the storm!
I’ve also discovered over the years that you will actually need more greens than you think to get that overflowing window box look.
I have a pretty darn big potting bench and this is what it looks like after I unload!
There are a few types of greens I can’t find at my parents… boxwood and magnolia.
(Well… my little momma does have gobs of boxwood but I’m pretty sure she would come after me with a broom if I tried to hack them up!)
So I buy both of those at the florist. Even though I’m living in the north now, I can’t leave my love of magnolia behind…
Using Chicken Wire in Christmas Window Boxes
I think this next part might be the real secret to winter window box success…
Ssssh… Don’t spill the secret to anyone else but I use chicken wire inside each window box to help keep the greens just where I want ’em!
Cut the chicken wire a little longer and wider than the inside of your window box so you can tuck the sides down in to the dirt…
Don’t get the kind of chicken wire with small holes or your greens won’t fit.
I think this is about 1-1/2 inches wide.
Here’s the view from above after it’s all tucked in…
Which – for a vertically challenged chick – is a tricky and slightly dangerous shot to get!
Designing the Window Boxes for Christmas
Then when I am ready to deck the window boxes, I begin by sorting each type of green in to a separate pile.
And I try to be mindful of how they grow… those with branches dropping down are great for the base. Ones heading up work best in the back or closer to the top.
And for the second time this week, I find myself quoting Meghan Trainor in a blog post about holiday decorating!
From here on out, it’s all about that base...
Branch by branch… build your base.
Mixing the different types of greens as you go…
Add Some Sizzle to Your Winter Window Boxes
You can add a few fun decorations to give your Christmas window boxes a little seasonal sizzle…
One reason I chose these snowman hats is that I can keep them up all winter.
Long after Santa heads to the north pole again!
I just pull the Happy Holidays sign out of the center window box and replace it with a felted snow couple I found.
Then I’m good to go until spring…
Super easy and relaxing project you can tackle with kids!
What’s in your Christmas window boxes?
I’d love to see links to your window boxes if you have them posted on your blog or Instagram account? Leave them in the Comments below.
Don’t forget to stop back on Sunday night… I’m part of the CountryLiving.com blogger home tour and we go live this weekend! Soooo exciting…