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Convert a Hanging Basket to Holiday Basket

Craft Wednesday

I am no green thumb.  In fact, I’m usually the first one to kill a plant, hard as I try to keep the flowers and plants alive.  I am especially bad and keeping the perennials maintained through the winter so I have pretty flowers and plants in my yard come spring time.

Outside our bedroom door, we have a pretty view of our backyard and the sting of lights set to a timer that we keep on year ’round.  I call them my happy lights.  I love walking back and having the sparkly lights brighten my space.  I usually have a hanging basket in the summer time that miraculously blooms flowers (that I may have to update throughout the season.  You can probably read between the lines there and assume that means replace the dead flowers with new ones).

It becomes an eyesore come wintertime.  With the high hopes that I can’t kill fake plants, I thought this would be the best place to make a holiday arrangement.  With lights, of course!

Here is what you need to collect:

  • Hanging basket or planter
  • Christmas greens, 5-6 pieces, depending on size of planter
  • Other accessories such as berries, pine cones
  • Battery operated lights (I had LED on hand)

beginning

First, I removed all the dead leaves and branches from my basket.  As luck would have it, it wasn’t the entire planter!  Then, I pulled any hanging branches towards the middle to give me room to add my faux holiday greens on the sides to create the illusion of bulk.

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I used a mixed variety of greenery to give a look of depth.

Once I inserted the stems into the dirt, it was time to fluff the branches.  This really bulked up the look and made the planter look so full.  Plus don’t forget some perennials that I didn’t manage to kill are hibernating in the middle to come to life come spring!  I used this centerpiece to also build upon, so it’s a mix of faux and some really greenery.

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See how in this first close up you can see some real leaves from a plant that must be super hardy to live in my planter?  I think it’s a pretty mix.  Spend some time after inserting all the pieces to  look at it from all different angles and make sure you like the way each branch is laying, how the light cords appear, etc.  I’m sure after I took these pictures, I’ve moved some branches or cords around.

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So the weather almost didn’t hold out for me this year to get a great photo with the lights all on.  It has turned gray and cold. I tried my best to capture this night photo with my happy lights.   I love to see the colorful basket outside my bedroom sliding doors every time I walk by.

 

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