Bring joy to the world (or your porch, at least) with easy, illuminated winter containers that let nature sing.

By Designer: Leslie Poyzer; Photographer: Adam Albright
Our Halo Effect planter (lower left) and tall Star Power display flank the illuminated door, with a Log Rhythm planter at right
Adam Albright

Get the hang of fresh greens by making a front-door garland. Use floral wire to attach pinecones to a string of cafe lights, then attach the greens to the lights with zip ties. For the displays on either side of the door, see our how-to instructions below.

Halo Effect

STEP 1 Partially fill a planter with cardboard scraps and bubble wrap. STEP 2 Add a layer of heavy-duty plastic cut about 8 inches wider than the planter, then fill to top with sand. STEP 3 Add evergreen clippings. We used Western red cedar to cover the sand and drape out of the planter, then tucked in noble fir and pinecones. STEP 4 For the hoop, join two steel craft rings (ours are 19 inches in diameter) with zip ties. STEP 5 Wrap the hoop in battery-powered mini LED string lights, then nest it in sand and greens. Secure to greens with zip ties.

Twigonometry (left) and Star Power (right)
Adam Albright

Twig-Onometry

STEP 1 Partially fill a planter with cardboard scraps and bubble wrap. STEP 2 Add a layer of heavy-duty plastic cut about 8 inches wider than the planter, then fill to top with sand. STEP 3 Add evergreen clippings. We used Western red cedar to cover the sand and drape out of the planter, then tucked in noble fir and silver dollar eucalyptus. STEP 4 Stick several long twigs and pussy willow branches in the center of the planter. Wrap some branches in battery-powered mini LED string lights (or use prelit faux branches). Accent with pinecones and more twigs.

Star Power

STEP 1 Partially fill a planter with cardboard scraps and bubble wrap. STEP 2 Nestle three birch logs in the wrap and cardboard, then fill planter to top with sand. STEP 3 Add evergreen clippings. We used Western red cedar to cover the sand and drape out of the planter, then tucked in noble fir and variegated boxwood. STEP 4 Wrap logs in battery-powered mini LED string lights. STEP 5 Hang mini ball ornaments between the lights and attach a tree topper, such as a Moravian star, with zip ties.

Log Rhythm winter planter
Adam Albright

Log Rhythm

STEP 1 Partially fill a planter with cardboard scraps and bubble wrap. STEP 2 Add a layer of heavy-duty plastic cut about 8 inches wider than the planter, then fill to top with sand. STEP 3 Add evergreen clippings. We used Western red cedar to cover the sand and drape out of the planter, then tucked in noble fir. STEP 4 Wrap an iron log holder (ours is from Terrain) in battery-powered mini LED string lights and place atop greens. Fill holder with birch logs.

Tip: For holiday decor, we like the stiff branches and blue-green needles of noble firs. Cuttings hold their shape well in containers and look fresh for weeks.

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