(Easy and Economical) Winter Pine Branch Arrangement

Do you have some last minute holiday decorating to do?  If the answer is “yes,” how about a homemade winter pine branch arrangement?  It’s can be an easy and inexpensive way to bring some “fresh” indoors for the season.

Winter Pine Branch Arrangement

Winter Pine Branch Arrangement

I got the idea many years ago when my stepfather had a knee replacement right before Christmas.  One of his “get well” gifts was a beautiful arrangement of pines and holly that looked like it cost a fortune.  As I looked at the contents, I realized that this was something that even I could do.

Here’s the “recipe”

Winter Pine Branch Arrangement

Ingredients

  • Large vase
  • Floral foam
  • 4-5 evergreen branches of a soft texture
  • 4-5 evergreen branches in a contrasting texture
  • 4-5 red twig dogwood branches
  • Fresh holly or a holly berry floral pick
  • Colorful bow

Directions

1)  Arrange soft textured greens in a layer.  ( I usually use white pine trimmings from the bottom of the Christmas tree.  This year there weren’t any so we cut some off the back–shhhh)

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2)  Insert  contrasting textured branches in front (we used blue spruce from an overgrown tree in our yard).

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3)  Add red twig dogwood branches throughout the green layers.

4)  Insert holly in front, then add bow.

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Side View Pine Branch Arrangement

Side View Pine Branch Arrangement

Best part–it’s easy.  If are a regular reader, you know you don’t see beautifully decorated cookies or cute fondant penguins here.  I drool over these in other people’s blogs, but I know my limits.  So believe me… anyone can do this!

Next best part–it’s inexpensive the first year and free after that.  If you have a vase and the fresh foliage, the first year purchases will include floral foam (about $2, with leftovers for later years), wired ribbon (around $4, also with leftovers, slightly more for a pre-made bow) and a holly pick (approximately $3).  Michael’s and Joann’s have abundant coupons and sales (price estimates are based on sale prices) and you can reuse your purchases for free decor in future years!

If you don’t have a yard with pines, the greens can be purchased at garden centers or you can go local for your area.  My daughter in Phoenix briefly considered decorating a cactus though in the end couldn’t do it.  You can take the girl out of the Midwest, but she’ll always love her pines…

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18 thoughts on “(Easy and Economical) Winter Pine Branch Arrangement

  1. Kathy

    What a good idea, Inger. Wondering if it would be possible to stick all of this in a hollowed-out piece of birch bark (which could serve as the vase)? It’s worth a try…if I get as inspired as you have been here.

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