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Simple DIY Christmas Window Box

Is there anything prettier than a festive window box at Christmas? Maybe one thing – a festive window box at Christmas covered in snow!

Assembling a Christmas window box arrangement is really easy to do. Once everything has been gathered, it’s simply a matter of layering them into the box.

Window box filled with Christmas greenery, pinecones and berries

What You’ll Need

These are not hard and fast rules, so pick and choose your greenery based on what’s available at your local garden center or what you can clip from your own yard. For mine, I used a $7 swag bundle from my local Farm Stand as well as some large pinecones, holly with berries and some other clippings from my yard to fill it out.

As a base, you’ll want to use some cheap artificial greenery, like the type used for swags or garland. This bulks up the bottom of the window box so that you don’t need nearly as much greenery.

Side note: The window boxes I’m using are attached to my house with brackets, so they are removable. They are heavy with the dirt in, so we actually leave them up year round and just swap out the plantings as needed. They are self-watering, vinyl and very sturdy. We’ve had them for 4 years and have been very happy with them.

Items needed to assemble the Christmas window boxes

Assembling the Christmas Window Box

  1. Remove any fall flowers or plantings, keeping the dirt in.
Window box with just dirt in it

2. Put the base layer of artificial greenery along the bottom, fluffing and shaping it so that it’s not completely flat.

Artificial greenery to line the base of the window box

3. Start with the drapey greenery first ,right at the front. Cedar or pine work well to get this pretty draping effect over the front of the window box. Stick the branches right into the dirt so that they are secure.

Cedar branches draping over the front of the window box

4. Next, add height with a stiff branch like a piece of fir or spruce. Basically a piece that looks like the top of a Christmas tree. You could also add in 2 – 3 skinny birch logs in front of this, but I couldn’t find any that were small enough.

A large piece of fir at the back of the window box with cedar draping over the front

5. Layer in the large pinecones and berries to add color. My swag bundle came with faux red berries as well as juniper berries. If you don’t have any, the holly with berries works for this step, too.

Large pinecones added to the window box arrangement

6. Fill in any gaps with the holly and any other evergreen clippings you might have, until the window box looks full.

Layering in color with berries
The finished Christmas window box arrangement with black shutters on either side

These Christmas Window Boxes add such a lovely dose of color to the front of our house, especially in the dead of winter. As beautiful as all the green is, I can’t wait for it to be dusted with snow!

I haven’t added lights to my window boxes, but a string of battery operated outdoor twinkly lights (on a timer) would also be a really beautiful finishing touch!

Close up of the holly berries and pinecones in the Christmas window arrangement

Has this inspired you to decorate your window boxes for Christmas? Don’t leave the sad looking, frost-bitten mums in any longer! Swap them out for something festive like this and your curb appeal will thank you!

Christmas window box on a white colonial house with black shutters

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Christmas window box

DIY Christmas Window Box Arrangement

Yield: 1 Arrangement
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $15

Materials

  • Fresh seasonal evergreen swag, with cedar, fir and berries
  • 2 large pinecones
  • Bunch of holly with berries
  • Additional evergreen clippings (cedar, pine etc.) as filler
  • Artificial garland for the base

Instructions

  1. Start with the window box with all existing planters removed, but dirt still there.
  2. Create a base layer with the artificial garland. Fluff and shape it so that it fills out the bottom of the window box.
  3. Draper cedar or pine over the front of the box, so that they drape down the front. Stick the ends into the dirt so that they are secure.
  4. In the back of the window box, place a tall piece of fir or spruce (anything that looks like a Christmas tree). Push it into the dirt to secure it.
  5. Add the two pinecones in front, then start to layer in berries for color.
  6. Finish the arrangement off by adding in the holly and any extra clippings to fill in the gaps.


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