Christmas Planters…from dull to full

I’ll start off by saying I know Jesus is, without a doubt, the one and only reason for the Christmas season. PERIOD! …BUT I’d be lying if I said I don’t get excited about the extra shimmer and dazzle that oozes it’s way into this time of year!

I love decorating with holly and berries while a cozy fire crackles in our wood burning stove, stirring up a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies, listening to Micheal Bublé’s ‘White Christmas’ …wrapping presents and sipping hot cocoa…

I could go on but I’ve probably already gotten way over-commercialized here for some folks! @Matt from Jesusluvsall blog 😂

As much as I love the indoor Christmas traditions our family has created, I equally love the part of decorating outdoors.

We live in an area of the United States where pretty flowers and plants don’t do too well in the cold temperatures, so anything that grew in flower pots over the summer usually dries out and then gets pulled once the cold weather comes but the empty pots leave nothing to be desired.

This year, as a first for me, I had dressed up my empty planters with an autumn style and looked forward to changing them up for a Christmas look.

Today I’ll do a quick run through showing how I threw these together!


Empty planters (mine are still filled with soil)

Birch or aspen branches

Yucca seed pods and stems

Faux flowers, berries, icicles (Hobby Lobby)

Evergreen sprigs/wreath (real or artificial)

Pinecones and acorns

Small Christmas sign (Wal-Mart)

I started by adding the branches and yucca stems to the center of my larger flower pot.

I then added the berries, icicles, and Christmas sign, and finally filled in the remaining bare spots using a combination of real evergreen sprigs, pinecones, and acorns.

In the smaller flower pot I first placed an artificial evergreen wreath to fill the outer area of the pot. Then I used two large artificial flowers for the center, and lastly arranged pinecones in the leftover empty spaces.

And here’s the final result!

That’s all there is to it and the possibilities are endless! Let me know if you end up “sprucing” up your empty planters for the Christmas season!

I’m also including an advent reading plan that our family has used over the past few years. While my kids are getting ready for school in the mornings I try to read them the verse of the day from the Bible YouVersion app but during the Christmas season we switch it up to gear toward Jesus and His birth. And below is the reading plan we use by Feel free to print it off and use it for your own Christmas advent reading plan!

Enjoy and sweet weekend blessings to you and yours!!

Author: alimw2013

About For His Purpose~ My name is Alicia and I'm a thirty-something year old who loves Jesus. Only through God’s amazing grace and mercy I have been redeemed from past regret and shame. Reading His word has allowed me to look past Satan’s forceful lies, to see myself for who Christ says I am in Him. Through writing I have learned why I made the choices I made in my younger years and I now have a better understanding of why I desire to love God like crazy these days. Despite my daily failures, God remains faithful always. I am reassured of His unconditional love for me by every ink-drop spilled out on paper, each committed prayer as I cry out to Him, and deep understanding reflected through reading His word as truth. Yes keeping a blog will make me vulnerable to others’ opinions- there will be some who don’t understand, some who may criticize or judge, but on the other hand if just one piece expressed through my writing grabs someone’s attention and directs them to God, then pouring out my heart in a blog for the world to read is worth it. I choose to glorify Him alone through words streaming across a glowing screen. And it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t reveal the fact that I’m incredibly quirky; I’m my loving husband’s best friend, my vivacious kids’ craziest cheerleader and spiritual trainer (3 John 1:4). I love anything farmhouse and rustic style. I think cupping a warm coffee mug in the palm of my hands is more satisfying than the contents within. I share a common obsession with my husband for the mountains, but I would (without a doubt) settle for waves crashing against my legs at the Atlantic Ocean just as well, and I almost always have a Yorkie curled up on my lap while writing. *All photos are photographed by and therefore may not be stored or photocopied in any manner.

28 thoughts on “Christmas Planters…from dull to full”

  1. Your porch decor could be in a Hobby Lobby ad, Alicia! I give our deck planter a Christmas makeover with pine branches cut from a backyard tree, red plastic berries, a fluffy gold garland and red ribbon bows with gold trim. Hurray for Hobby Lobby where we can find weatherproof decorations!

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      1. Hello! Thank you for asking. I’ve been elbows deep in writing up until Thanksgiving weekend when my husband came down with Covid. Then it was a race against the clock to get everything we needed before I came down with it, which I did. This mess is a beast, but neither of us were hospitalized so we are grateful! Both of us are still recovering, and we are forcing ourselves to do a little household chore here and there each day. (If we don’t have a purpose for moving we won’t! Ha!) Christmas is going to be a little different this year, but who says that is a bad thing? The beauty of your embellished pots and porch decorations sparked a Christmas spirit in me, which has been sorely missing. Thank you for your precious post, Alicia.

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      2. Cecilia, I’m so sorry about covid catching up with you both. I experienced that last year around this time and it was absolutely miserable, it really messed with me mentally as I tried to spend time away from my household to not get them sick…nothing is normal about spending Thanksgiving confined in your room alone. No fun.
        I’m thankful you’re both on the mend. How is your husband doing, are cancer treatments still happening or are you past all of that now?

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      3. I remember your blog about isolation from Covid. So hard and many have echoed how miserable it is/was, so I decided we weren’t isolating. Prior to Thanksgiving, Danny was labeled ‘in remission’ by the oncologist. We barely had time to celebrate before Covid hit. Anyway, no more chemo, praise the LORD. Danny still has to get quarterly blood work and office visits for another year, then he moves to twice a year and eventually annual check up’s. Oddly, his bloodwork cancer marker still shows cancer, but ultrasound show he is clear. We have been told not to fret about it and to live our lives to the full. Since the number declines each visit, we are becoming less worried about it. How are things in your household?

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      4. Ahh that’s awesome!! And great advice to not to fret about it and live your lives to the full! Continued prayer for clear check ups for Danny!

        We are well our way! My cancer screenings have all been in my favor so that’s a blessing. Currently no one is even sick with a cold in our house. The kids are all staying closely connected to Jesus right along with my husband and I, can’t think of anything to be more thankful for than our faith!

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