• Rustic Winter ~ Our Fairfield Home and Garden

    Posted on December 3, 2015 by in DIY home and garden craft projects, Home decor, Recycled and repurposed items as garden art, Things that inspire me in the garden

     There’s a chill in the air, fall leaves are on the ground and it’s time to bring some rustic winter cheer to the outside of our home. Windowboxes, planters and our vintage potting sink are my favorite spots to decorate for the changing seasons. Natural, low-cost and garden-related are my preferences when it comes to outdoor decor. Here’s what I’ve come up with for this year!

    Snow Goose Winter Windowbox http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/rustic-winter-our-fairfield-home-and-garden/

    Snow Goose Winter Windowbox ~ Our Fairfield Home and Garden


     

     

    Snow Goose Winter Windowbox http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/rustic-winter-our-fairfield-home-and-garden/

    Snow Goose Winter Windowbox ~ Our Fairfield Home and Garden

    Painted by our Dad, these Canada Goose decoys are the perfect touch nestled amongst holiday greens. Usually they are in a protected spot on the porch or in the house, but I brought them out especially for this windowbox construction.

    Canada Goose Winter Windowbox http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/rustic-winter-our-fairfield-home-and-garden/

    Canada Goose Winter Windowbox ~ Our Fairfield Home and Garden

    Canada Goose Winter Windowbox http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/rustic-winter-our-fairfield-home-and-garden/

    Canada Goose Winter Windowbox ~ Our Fairfield Home and Garden

    Since the decoys are vintage and precious memories of our father, they won’t stay outside all winter. After dressing up the windowboxes for a while, I’ll change them out to something that can last a few winter months regardless of the weather. Garden accents such as watering cans, birdhouses and wreaths can be tucked in the greens that will last the whole winter season.

    Rustic Winter Windowbox http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/rustic-winter-our-fairfield-home-and-garden/

    Rustic Winter Windowbox ~ Our Fairfield Home and Garden

    Create rustic windowboxes using branches, dried perennials and greens gathered from your own plantings. Then dress them up with garden items you already have. This twig star, birdhouse and watering can were garage sale finds.

    Rustic Winter Windowbox http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/rustic-winter-our-fairfield-home-and-garden/

    A rustic windowbox made with greens from the garden, a copper watering can and a twig star.

    Flanking the driveway are two large blue planters that I plant or decorate for the seasons. I don’t trim any bushes or evergreens until these winter arrangements are created, using what is growing on our property. Holly, Red Twig Dogwood branches, Arborvitae and White Pine make a lush container. This year I added glass globe plant waterers found at garage sales for a pop of extra color. I rather like it!

    Winter Containers http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/rustic-winter-our-fairfield-home-and-garden/

    Winter containers can be made with what you have on hand in your yard. They don’t need to be elaborate.

    Winter Containers http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/rustic-winter-our-fairfield-home-and-garden/

    Containers with a mix of red twig dogwood branches, white pine, holly, arborvitae and glass globe plant waterers flank the driveway.

    For now, I’m keeping it simple on the potting sink this winter, just a few touches of evergreen and pinecones. Terracotta pots and vintage garden tools keep it natural and rustic.

    A winter potting sink http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/rustic-winter-our-fairfield-home-and-garden/

    A winter potting sink ~ Our Fairfield Home and Garden

    Owl Windowbox http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/rustic-winter-our-fairfield-home-and-garden/

    Owl Windowbox ~ Our Fairfield Home and Garden

    Winter Decorating http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/rustic-winter-our-fairfield-home-and-garden/

    Winter Decorating ~ Our Fairfield Home and Garden


     

     

    Here’s more winter decorating ideas from Our Fairfield Home and Garden!

    Winter Decorating Ideas http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/winter-decorating-at-our-fairfield-home-garden/
    More Winter Decorating Ideas from Our Fairfield Home & Garden
    Rustic Windowboxes http://ourfairfieldhomeandgarden.com/rustic-watering-cans-windowboxes-more/
    More Rustic Windowboxes

8 Responses so far.

  1. so lovely Barb! Natural trumps glitter every time!!

  2. Helen Malandrakis says:

    Beautiful!

  3. Jen says:

    Everything looks so beautiful, Barb! I also love to use what’s in my yard for pretty winter container arrangements, but I hadn’t thought of adding garden elements like watering cans, etc. I love it!

    • Barb says:

      Thanks, Jen! If they are going to stay out, I’d use the watering cans that already leak or have rusted holes. Sometimes water freezing in them will break their seals.

  4. jaine gayer says:

    Barb, in the big, blue planters do you have floral foam? I was wondering if the greenery needs to be moist.

    • Barb says:

      No. Jaine, no floral foam is used. The big blue planters are filled with soil which I plant annuals in from spring through fall. In winter I take them out and insert the evergreen branches. I keep the soil watered so they are kept moist.

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