Here's a great idea for creating super inexpensive Christmas planters:
I made this one in about 10 minutes and it cost me right at $5
Idea #1: use your planters from summer.I cut my mum down to about 1" from the root. I'm hoping it will come back next spring, and this planter idea should actually help to protect it.
Then I added leftover mulch from summer- this isn't entirely necessary, but I wanted to protect my mum & give the planter a nice, dark base.
Idea #2 [this is the big secret] Dig in the Trash.Yup, I said it. I added FREE greenery that I pulled from the trash. Seriously. Places that sell live trees usually trim the bottom few branches off, so just look for a trash can that's brimming with greenery in the tree section [this is important: only dig in the trash of the tree section, otherwise you'll just look like a vagrant, not a thrifty Christmas lady!!!].
Of course I cleared it with the checkout girl before leaving [who may have looked at me like I was crazy!] But I guess when you say stuff like, " I pulled this from your trash... is that ok?!" You're really just asking for it!
Then I took inexpensive [but the only part that actually cost money] poinsettia bundles and separated them into flowers [I wanted real flowers, but since these were going outdoors I knew they wouldn't last day in the frozen tundra that is Indiana these days]
Finally, I stuck the flowers down into planters and they easily stayed exactly in place since the planter already had dirt & mulch. After the flowers, I did the same with my various types of greenery. So easy. I actually went back and added a few gold ornaments for a bit of sparkle, but it's seriously cold out now and I'm not going back out there for another photograph: sorry!
20 minutes- tops.