Place the pot on the kitchen counter to make it easy to work with. Of course if you have a work bench or green house they work also. Starting from the bottom of the garden planter, begin gluing on the rope, keeping it nice and tight. Just glue randomly, every few rows or so. Keep going all the way to the top.
If you want to possibly use this pot like this then don't put the concrete directly into this pot. Use the utility bucket instead so you can use this rope covered garden pot for other purposes later.
Take the bucket and cut the top off it if sticks over the flowerpot opening. Mix the concrete right into the bucket. It took a whole bag for this one. Stick the legless tree with pole right into the mixture. Cure over night. The add the top pieces of the tree with the branches on them.
It makes an artificial tree look real. Now you get to trim it. Good Luck Everyone!
This Christmas craft project is really easy and oh so cute!
Use these little clay flowerpot crafts to decorate around your home with. They are just adorable and can be stored from year to year. A child friendly craft!
Materials: Pine cones, small terracotta flower pots, green acrylic paint, white acrylic paint, stickles (glitter glue), white or red pom poms mini starts & craft glue.
Directions: Paint pine cones green, let dry. Paint tips of pine cones white, let dry. Add stickles to white area to make it look like snow. Add mini pom poms to trees. Top with a little star. Glue pine cone to terracotta flower pot.
Making a container Christmas tree out of potted succulents is smart & lovely! Check this out from Garden Delights.
Small 3 ft tomato cage
Needle nose pliers
Six bags of moss
Long handled wooden spoon
Floral Pins Terracotta Flowerpot & saucer
So, here we go.
Turn the tomato cage upside down. Gather the legs to a point and bend the wires
together to secure. Wrap floral wire around the gathered legs to keep them
Make a netting of floral wire by wrapping it vertically
around the tomato cage. After the
vertical wires are in place, weave through them horizontally. This netting will
provide support for the moss. You should
now have a tree form.
Fill a bucket with warm water. Add the moss and soak till
saturated. Squeeze out excess liquid.
Add handfuls of moss into the form starting at the top. Use the wooden spoon to
help push into crevices. Hide all the
Place the moss tree upright in your chosen container. The moss may drip so make sure you planter is
large enough and you have a saucer underneath to catch drips. Make sure everything is balanced before you
start adding succulents.
Use a pencil to pock a hole in the moss
and insert the stem in, securing it with a floral pin. Finish covering the form. This potted tree may be heavy so have someone
help you move it to where you want it displayed. OR better yet, place it in
advance and cover the area with a blank till you are finished making it. Spritz when completed.
You now have a live Christmas tree!
Just when you think your done till next Spring you find out that there are lots of fun and easy things to do in your garden areas in December. Here are a few tips:
Decorating! Yeah that's right - decorating. Sometimes the best materials for holiday crafts are close at hand: twigs and bean pods that might be strewn around the yard, and evergreen boughs off the trees. You can use them to make decorative rustic wreaths or swags to use on the porch, patio or indoors. Pick up a metal wreath frame from any craft store and place your boughs in a decorative pattern, securing them with craft wire. Pick up pine cones or bean pods and decorate the wreath with. Fill empty garden pots with evergreens, pine cones and feathers. Don't leave your garden containers just sitting empty all winter long.
Shopping - You think the nurseries in your area are closed for the winter? No way. They have wonderful plants like corsican violets or pansies still available to fill your garden planters with. Consider the corsican violet for a blue purple viola that survives extreme heat and cold climates. This perennials is perfect for planters, or rock gardens. Look at your local nursery or order online. Pansies are cool season annuals that bloom from late fall through winter.
Select a "living" Christmas tree. It looks great indoors during the holidays and then you can transplant it from the garden container to the garden soil when finished with it. Arizona Cypress is silvery blue and attractive. The Blue pyramid grows in the shape of symmetrical pylon 25 feet tall and 12 feet wide. Just plant in full sun and provide ample water for the first season till well established.
Now is the time to adjust your watering schedule. Even if you have drip systems in all your decorative pottery, you need to increase the number of days between watering time. Make sure the standing water is absorbed and doesn't freeze or your pottery is going to crack. Lastly, you need to move cold sensitive potted plants under covered porches or below some kind of canopy. Don't water any cacti or succulents and protect the truck of any citrus trees with burlap or similar material.
Size:Think small. Really small. If you're used to a 7' tall tree commanding a quarter of your living room, think again. First of all, subtract at least 18" from the height of the tree for the root ball - in other words, you would be decorating a 5' tall tree. Then consider that you'd need half a football team to carry the tree into the house. A tree that size may weight 100 pds or more. Also, think about the pot that you are planting in. We suggest moving the planter into the home first and then setting the live tree inside once you have positioned it where you want it. Be prepared to move the potted tree outside once the holidays are over.
Time spent indoors:Evergreen trees don't go completely dormant in winter, but they come close to it. If you bring the tree indoors for a month, it will start to break dormancy. Then, when you plant it outside in January it may suffer freeze damage. Plan to keep it indoors for a week and no more than 10 days, preferably in the coolest room out of direct sunlight.
Future size:Most spruces, firs, and pines get big - really big - as in 50 to 100 feet tall. Can your yard accommodate such a large tree? You can keep they trees in the original container for a few years, but they will soon outgrow even the largest planter.
If you have your heart set on a big tree but want to plant a living one, too, here's one way to have your tree and plant it too. Buy a small live tree, decorate it, and display it outdoors, on your front porch or wherever you like. Have a second cut tree in the house for the holidays.
Another option is a dwarf evergreen. They are a good choice where space is limited. Just read the plant tags carefully because the term dwarf is relative. Lastly, you can always decorate a houseplant. It's the thought that counts!