Holiday Planter Burlap Green Ribbon Bow Medium

DIY Burlap-Wrapped Holiday Planters and Front Door Décor

holiday planters


Ready for your weekend project?  It’s holiday planters this week and a quick tour of our front door, decorated for the season in non-traditional but natural tones of deep green, eucalyptus blue, and golden yellow.

holiday planters

It just didn’t feel like a red and green year for the holiday planters and wreath.  This year’s decor was somewhat inspired by the golden berries and seeded eucalyptus stems that were found at the garden center, but also a unique contrast to the Bloodgood Japanese Maple-colored front door, the pale green of the house, and the rustic tones of burlap.

holiday planters and front door decor

The glossy deep green tones that create the base notes for the planters and wreath come mostly from pine, yew, cedar, and sarcococca branches.  Some blue spruce and eucalyptus adds that calming grey-green-blue color that lifts the green and adds amazing texture.  Aucuba, stems of yellow berries, and dried hops (from the Halloween Hop Wreath) add the accents.

front door decor

Of course, no holiday display is complete without lighting.  Cool white LED branch lights were added to the planters and champagne-colored pinecone lights were wrapped around the banister, tangled with a blackberry branch.

holiday planters at night

Ready to make your own?  Here are the instructions.  PS: If you still need to make a wreath check out the instructions here


  • evergreen foliage
  • plant pot with soil
  • pruners
  • gloves
  • twine
  • burlap
  • branch lights
  • berries, twigs, pinecones, ribbons (optional)

Make it!

Step 1: Start with a planter filled with soil.  We used one of the self-watering pots that previously held a tomato plant.  Begin to build your base by tucking in cedar or an evergreen that will gently hang over the edge of the planter around the perimeter of the pot.

holiday planters

Step 2: Gather a variety of foliage, berries, twigs, pinecones, ribbons, and anything else you want to add to your wreath.  Prune the stems into a point for easier inserting into the soil.  Continue to build the foliage up by working from the outside towards the center of the pot.  Here, pine boughs and sarcococca make up the base structure of the planter.

holiday planters

Step 3: Continue to add color and foliage to the planter until you get the look you were hoping for.  Adding interesting branches and twigs like the curly willow shown here can create height and more interest to your holiday planters.

holiday planters

Step 4: Cut a square of burlap large enough to be folded up and around the planter.  Set the planter in the center of the burlap square, lift the edges up and tuck into the edge of the planter, just under the cedar you added first.  Tie securely with a length of twine or ribbon.

holiday planters

Step 5: Add lighting and c’est tout!  Head on inside for a rum and eggnog because the front entryway is now ready for the holidays!

holiday planters at night

About the Author : Stephanie Rose

A city girl who learned to garden and it changed everything. Author, artist, Master Gardener. Better living through plants.

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  1. Annie Haven | Authentic Haven Brand
    Annie Haven | Authentic Haven BrandDecember 9,11

    beautiful rustic decor for the Christmas Season Welcoming

  2. megan
    meganDecember 9,11

    Pretty…. Very ready for the holidays! I love the non-traditional approach, it is still very festive!

  3. Eileen
    EileenDecember 10,11

    Very pretty, I like the lights wrapped around the twigs. I’m heading for the eggnog right now!

  4. Maria Kitching
    Maria KitchingDecember 12,11

    This is lovely and cheerful.

  5. leduesorelle
    leduesorelleDecember 12,11

    Great way to welcome the holidays!

  6. Norma Chang
    Norma ChangDecember 12,11

    Such clever ideas. Festive and welcoming.

  7. Andrea . Charcoal and Crayons
    Andrea . Charcoal and CrayonsDecember 12,11

    Wow, these are gorgeous! I love how you incorporated the burlap around the pots. I’m a fan of nontraditional colours for Christmas too… this year, we have aqua, red, grey, and white. I really like your use of the golden berries. Looks great!

  8. Sharon
    SharonDecember 12,11

    I love it! The lighted branches were an unexpected surprise. I bet it looks great at night from the street as people pass by.


  9. Sherry
    SherryDecember 13,11

    Very nice! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  10. Sharon
    SharonDecember 16,11

    Thanks for linking up this great project at my Show & Tell party! You are always welcome!


  11. Natasha
    NatashaDecember 16,11

    these are gorgeous!

    Thanks for sharing on Serenity Saturday!
    Hope to see you there again tomorrow

    Natasha xxx

  12. Mimi
    MimiDecember 16,11

    Just thinking yesterday that I should make some burlap bags for the ornamental cabbage plants I have on display in front of my boutique flower shop.

  13. Cheryl@ Sew Can Do
    [email protected] Sew Can DoDecember 19,11

    So lovely! I’ve feature this at today’s Craftastic Monday link party. Stop by & grab a Featured On button. Thanks for linking up:)

  14. Honey
    HoneyDecember 20,11

    Your garden therapy is good for the soul!

    Thank you for sharing the season at Potpourri Friday! May you have a Merry Christmas and the Happiest of Holidays!

  15. Christina Salwitz
    Christina SalwitzDecember 10,13

    Well done- sharing!!

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    home decorating ideas on youtubeNovember 11,14

    Hi, this weekend is nice in support of me, since this occasion i am reading this enormous educational article here at my house.

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