Six Steps to a Fabulous Holiday Urn!

| December 17, 2013 | 23 Comments

Happy Holidays everyone!

Don’t you just love holiday urns? I love that they can be decorated for any holiday really. However, decorating them can be daunting. Fear not! I’m going to help you make your urns look fresh.fabulous.sophisticated in just a few steps!

It was about time I took out my Fall mums. Oh my!


Step 1. You don’t need to have a traditional “urn”. Any pot that you’ve used in the garden this past year can look fantastic.

Step 2. Go for a walk!! I did my entire urn this year for free. Yup, free! Last weekend, the kids and I went on walk around the neighbourhood and collected branches from all sorts of trees. Don’t forget to check out the trees in your own backyard.


Step 3. With your urn empty, place your first set of branches around the outer edges. I placed a small box at the bottom of the urn so that I wouldn’t have to place all the branches in so deep.  Another great tip: ask the florist at your local grocery store for one of their flower buckets. If you place that inside the urn with a bit of dirt, it will hold the branches in place all through the winter.


Step 4. Layer, layer, layer. Add in all the different branches that you’ve collected and then look inside your house for anything to add. I had this faux branch in my Christmas decoration box and saved magnolia leaves from last year. Why not add these red sticks?



Step 5. Because I didn’t use the bucket full of dirt this year, I needed something to hold my red sticks up with. I just placed them in this glass vase and filled the bottom with pinecones to conceal the vase.

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Step 6. The greenery and texture of your urn can take you all through the winter. If you add Christmas decorations to it, you just need to take them off after Christmas and voila…a beautiful winter urn that can last until Spring.

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Don’t be overwhelmed by decorating your urns. Take a walk, get inspired by nature and you will have a fresh.fabulous.sophisticated holiday urn.

Keep it Beautiful.


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Category: Christmas Crafts, Crafts, Fall/Winter Crafts, Home and Garden, Living, Ottawa, Tips

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Together with my hubby, we're working on renovating our 1920's house that we purchased in 2010 in a downtown neighbourhood in Ottawa, ON. The house was in need of mega love, complete with variations of bad wallpaper and peeling vinyl flooring. However, we were up to the challenge. I am the Mommy to a 5 year old, a 2 year old and baby girl who keep me on my toes. My hubby is armed with the tools and is the magic in building my crazy design ideas. In come the realities of renovating, budget, time and kids are things that many of us have to work with. I write about creating beautiful spaces that are everyday friendly, with easy DIYs which then leave room for splurges and I hope to inspire you to do the same.

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  1. Maggie says:

    Your urn looks great. I never think to add items to ours in the winter.

  2. Victoria Ess says:

    This sounds like such a pretty idea!! If not for the treacherous ice storm in Toronto, I would have loved to do this! Thanks for the great idea.

  3. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    your urn looks fantastic. I just don’t seem to have the eye for this sort of thing. Most people make a pretty good job of this sort of thing but I’m a huge miss 🙁

  4. Veronica S. says:

    What a great idea! I never thought of doing anything other than potted plants.

  5. amy lovell says:

    very beautiful. thanks

  6. kathy downey says:

    What a great idea,it looks fantastic

  7. kathy downey says:

    Just seeing this again reminds me I really want to make this at the holidays

  8. DARLENE W says:

    It always seems so much nicer when we make it ourselves

  9. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    you must have an artistic touch, I’m sure I could never get an urn to look that good, it’s fantastic 🙂

  10. kathy downey says:

    I love it,awesome job

  11. kathy downey says:

    Going to have to try this

  12. Carol Trautwein says:

    I love your Xmas Urn, You made it look so simple to try. So I think I will go take that walk.

  13. kathy downey says:

    You made it look simple,Think I will give it a go this weekend.Hope it looks 1/2 as good as yours

  14. kathy downey says:

    I love this,I need to get off my butt and make this!

  15. joanne darrell says:

    Your urn looks great ! Will have to try it.

  16. kathy downey says:

    I am going to start picking up the items i need for this and try to get it started by the first week in Dec.

  17. Wanda Tracey says:

    Your holiday urn looks so amazing!! It’s beautiful and so festive looking.
    I can’t wait to try this too.Thank you for the awesome idea. 🙂

  18. Linda Manns Linneman says:

    This is such a great idea. I can’t wait to give this a try. Thank you so much for sharing

  19. Debbie White Beattie says:

    I can’t believe how beautiful the new look is, you brought it back to life for a new holiday season. It’s a beautifully creative design for sure.

  20. Wanda Tracey says:

    This is such a beautiful idea. I want to try this and use some fresh cedar bows and red berries.Your’s look so nice!

  21. Linda H says:

    This looks so nice by the front door.

  22. S. Stewart says:

    I love this idea of collecting the items from a walk outdoors; it’s a perfect way to remember a lovely walk and, in addition, to add a delightful embellishment to one’s home.

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