How to Make a Fall to Winter Outdoor Arrangement

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Create a simple outdoor arrangement with logs and foraged items that will transition all the from fall through to the end of winter.

Usually around November time, my fall outdoor decor starts to look a little worse for wear, so updating my curb appeal becomes necessary. Rather than decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving, I prefer to create transitional decor that can be easily adapted for Christmas and the holidays. In fact, it looks beautiful to whole way through to the end of winter!

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Winter outdoor planters need to be able to handle frost and snow, so make sure you’re choosing one that won’t crack when the temperatures drop. Oftentimes, my inspiration for seasonal decorating comes from nature and these arrangements follow that theme exactly.

I try to keep seasonal decorations quick and easy. It seems not long after you display them, it’s time to put them away. This outdoor arrangement is yet another one of my simple arrangements and it primarily uses things found in nature, and maybe even your own backyard!

Use it as inspiration to dream up your own winter containers. If you don’t have a front porch, adapt this version for a beautiful and simple winter window box.

This project is so easy – and free! It takes just a few minutes to put together. It was even featured in People magazine!

5 minute DIY fall to winter decorations

How to Make an Outdoor Winter Arrangement

Supplies

Instructions

Planter with crumpled paper bag at the bottom forms the base of the outdoor winter arrangement

1. Crumble paper bag and insert into the bottom of your planter for height and to act as a floral frog. 

Logs standing upright in the outdoor planter

2. Add logs, leaning them out and alternating direction to show the different textures. 

Branches of evergreens and pinecones are added to the winter arrangement

3. Add branches of greenery inserting them into the nooks of the paper bag to secure them working around your logs. 

4. Add pine cones, stem down. “Latch” them on to your branches and logs at the base of your planter. 

Twinkle lights make the outdoor arrangement festive for Christmas

5. To make it more festive for the holidays, add in battery operated twinkle lights. Set them on a timer, so they automatically come on every evening!

Other elements you can include may be found antlers, holly berries and other seasonal greenery.

Decorating outdoors for winter doesn’t have to be extravagant or expensive. A simple arrangement like this with foraged greenery will look beautiful for months on end, and add much needed color to your front porch in the dead of winter.

DIY winter arrangement with logs, evergreens and twinkle lights

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Outdoor Arrangement

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Make a beautiful outdoor arrangement that transitions from fall to winter using materials foraged in your yard!

Materials

  • wood
  • branches
  • pinecones
  • antlers
  • paper bag
  • planter
  • battery operated twinkle lights

Tools

  • scissors

Instructions

    1. Crumble paper bag and insert into the bottom of your planter for height and to act as a floral frog.
    2. Add logs in opposite directions leaning out.
    3. Add branches of greenery inserting them into the nooks of the paper bag to secure them working around your logs. 
    4. Add pine cones, stem down. "Latch" them on to your branches and logs at the base of your planter. 
    5. To make it more festive for the holidays, add in battery operated twinkle lights. Set them on a timer, so they automatically come on every evening!
    6. Other elements you can include may be found antlers, holly berries and other seasonal greenery.
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