Winter Urns

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Have you ever been asked to take on a task that you very much wanted to do, but which also made you a bit nervous? I recently had the opportunity to decorate three urns for the outside of our church building. I am a vegetable gardener. That qualifies me, right? My only previous experience working with evergreens is making a yearly Christmas wreath to hang on our chimney.

The church did not have urns, so part of my responsibility was shopping for them. The selection is limited this time of year, but I did manage to find three matching urns. I also purchased plastic pots to use as inserts. I reasoned that it would be easier to work with a smaller pot and then just place those into the urns when completed. Mike added rope handles to make lifting so much easier. I filled each of these with sand to hold the evergreens in place.

The weather has been beautiful and Mike and I had a wonderful time in the woods collecting evergreen branches, pine cones, and mountain laurel twigs. I also used some store bought white branches and red berries to add some color. I first built a “skirt” of branches at the edge of the pot, then added the white branches to give the arrangement some height. I filled in between with mountain laurel and more greens. I then attached pine cones to sticks with wire and used these to add some accent. I did the same with the purchased red berries.

I delight in God’s creation, and my hope is that the display will reflect what He has created. Hopefully, the aroma of fresh greens will refresh those in our congregation as they enter the building to worship Him!

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  1. Gail Mills says

    I wondered if your hand was behind the beautiful urns at the church that greeted us with such beauty! Thank you for using your talent and time to make them. The weather has been great and I thought about you over the weekend. I sorta figured you were gathering up supplies for your wreath. Any thing left over?????

    • says

      haha. I only have a few branches left. They are in my trunk in case the urns need any repair. I will need to collect again for the wreath. I was so blessed to be able to work outdoors on Friday and Saturday putting these together. When I get more greens for my wreath should I get you some as well?

  2. says

    Beautiful arrangements, Susan. The white branches & berries were such a great addition. I relate to that excitement of trying something a little different, not knowing the outcome. Your post was inspiring, thanks for sharing the process. I love your new banner, too!


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