Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pinecone Planters. . .

Although I don't remember the year,
these two pinecone planters were purchased 
shortly after arriving On Crooked Creektt.



As we began to look for a new home,
"Mr. Ed" requested a home with a fireplace.
I knew that the lower level living area 
would one day be our Family Room, our gathering place, 
our place for celebrations and joyous occasions.



I chose a Lodge decor with a bit of a contemporary vibe 
for our Family Room and often use Pottery Barn catalogs for inspiration.



It is on the hearth of the fireplace 
that "Mr. Ed's" prized "racks" from his largest scoring deer trophies rest.
These planters are filled with various greenery throughout the year
to camouflage those trophies!

The inspiration for the arrangement within the pinecone planters 
came from a Face Book post from a dear blog friend 
Liz @ Infuse With Liz.




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After removing the greenery bush previously accessorizing the pinecone planters,
"Mr. Ed" filled them with styrofoam.


Front. . .

. . .Back!

I began with the smaller of the two pinecone planters.
The detail alone on these planters is amazing!







Next,
I took faux branches from my Spring collection 
and removed all the silk budding leaves until all that was left were bare branches.


From this. . .

. . .to this!

Then,
using scissors, I cut the branches to a better overall height,
rounding and straightening the design as I went.





I gathered some very stiff faux evergreen bushes with pinecones attached,
from my Christmas bins, and cut away each individual branch.






Rotating the planter,
I stuffed the evergreen branches close to the base of the bare tree branches 
until I was pleased with the overall arrangement.






I just repeated the process in the larger pinecone planter.



These two pinecone planter arrangements were a "no cost" project.
The only investment was my time.






Finally,
I placed the planters back on the hearth to disguise the deer trophies. 



Real pinecones were added around the base of the planters
to fill in the void spaces.

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"Mr. Ed" and I will be hosting Christmas On Crooked Creektt this year.
Seeing the hearth completed for the upcoming Holiday Season
fills my heart with good cheer.



Until next time. . .


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8 comments:

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Gorgeous! fondly ~lynne~

podso said...

Your pinecone planters look lovely, Pat. Thanks for showing step by step. I can use a lesson! Hope Mr Ed is doing well.

Babs R said...

LOVE your pine cone planters!
Pine cones and greenery are two of my favorite things to decorate with this time of year...and through winter. I may just have to copy your idea. Thanks for the inspiration.

Shelia said...

Hi Pat! These are most beautiful! The planters themselves are just gorgeous and I love how you put together the flowers and the antlers look right at home with them!
Hope you're doing well.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;0

Donna, The Decorated House said...

Hi Pat ~
Even after years and year of decorating with pinecones, they just look extra special to me this year! Love the planters you chose, and your arrangements are so pretty.

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Those look wonderful Pat! I like the planters- those are really pretty. You didn't great job with the arrangement I'm glad you were inspired by that picture I posted! I need to put one together too.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Pat!
I love these and the deer antlers are the perfect finishing touch!
Hoping Mr Ed is doing well, please give him my best!

One More Time Events said...

Love the antlers and how the bring together the planters...Perfectly!!! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment. I just purchased another sled this past weekend and I can't not wait to decorate with it. Thanks for sharing the your story about your sled