Pine, spruce, and cedar boughs have suddenly appeared in garden centres and at my local grocery store. Each year, I like to figure out a new theme for my holiday urn. I started looking at some photos of the containers I’ve made over the past few years and I came to the realization that I apply similar principles to my winter urns as I do to my spring, summer, and fall creations: thrillers, spillers, and fillers.
Basically, that whole idea works even though you’re not dealing with plants, but rather branches and sticks and accessories.
A “thriller” would be that main focal point: perhaps some berries, birch boughs, or a fun accessory. For example, I’ve used spray-painted silver stars made out of twigs and a mini birdhouse.
Your “spillers” are those lovely pine, cedar, or spruce boughs that spill over the side of your container.
“Fillers” can be anything from magnolia leaves to colourful sticks, like dogwood, as well as euonymus, pinecones, etc. They provide that lush, full look to your container.
Here are a few examples to illustrate my points and hopefully inspire you to create your own container!