15 Festive Winter Arrangements

These simple displays can be created using items found outdoors--maybe even in your own backyard.


Even humble twigs and stones become artEven humble twigs and stones become art
Curated winter arrangement
Arranged together on a tray with a glass cloche, even humble twigs and stones become art. Mix various textures and heights to keep the display interesting. This one includes a river rock, a trough of bark holding a tumbleweed twig, thyme in a wooden planter, and a pinecone on a bed of moss.

Get the look: Cheese board (similar to one shown, $89; williams-sonoma.com); glass cloche (8 in. high, $15; potterybarn.com); aubergine grasscloth placemats ($5.95 each; crateandbarrel.com).


As festive as an evergreenAs festive as an evergreen
Mini holiday tree

As festive as an evergreen bough but less expected, a cypress-tree door decoration will see you through the holidays and beyond. Set a potted mini cypress on a plastic saucer, wrap in a burlap bag, and nail the drawstring to your door (adding a twig of barberry if you like). Keep the tree well watered, and plant it at the end of the season.

Get the look: Natural burlap round-bottom bag (3 in. high, $8.88/10 bags; papermart.com).


No ironing requiredNo ironing required
Fresh centerpiece

When cut to the length of your dining table, a piece of weathered barn wood can function as a runner (no ironing required). Use the plank as a stage for seasonal produce, such as plums, pears, apples, figs, and pattypan squash. Weave crabapple branches throughout for added texture, and stagger candles nestled in pebble-filled votive holders for ambience.

Get the look: Barn wood (from $5.95/ft.; old-barn-wood.com); Galej tea-light holders ($1.99/4 holders; ikea.com for store locations).


Repurpose empty bottles as vasesRepurpose empty bottles as vases
Seasonal bar

A bar is more than a place to mix a drink--it's a decorating opportunity. Freshen it up by repurposing empty bottles as vases for vibrant cuttings, such as amaranth (near right) and variegated barberry. Wooden pedestals resembling tree stumps create different levels of display within the bar, and a lamp shows off the scene in the evening.

Get the look: Tava rattan tray (20 in. wide, $49; potterybarn.com); Wedge acacia servers ($22 each; crateandbarrel.com).


Made from bits picked up after a big stormMade from bits picked up after a big storm
Bits & bits wreath
This wreath is made from "bits and bits" of items picked up while walking after a big storm. Pine, fir, rosemary, magnolia leaves, succulents, and berries are wrapped into the wreath.

Tip: Supplement the wreath with items found at a floral market.


Use a piece of found driftwoodUse a piece of found driftwood
Driftwood arrangement

Use a piece of found driftwood as a rustic backdrop to moss, small evergreens, and succulents.

Tip: Fill crevices in the driftwood with enough soil to anchor your plant tableau firmly.


Mix it up with a rosemary-nest place settingMix it up with a rosemary-nest place setting
Woodsy tabletop

In a season that's often predictable, mix it up with a rosemary-nest place setting and ​a centerpiece of forest finds (take care with wild mushrooms; many are poisonous). ​

Tip: Rosemary stalks should be long and tender enough to curve into a bowl shape. Add kumquats for a splash of color.
Another bold centerpiece we like


Use felled branches to make your own treeUse felled branches to make your own tree
Foraged "tree"

Instead of decking the halls with boughs, use felled branches to make your own right-size tree. Buy a piece of cone-shaped floral foam and insert branches. Once the tree looks full enough, add succulents, berries, and leaves. Ornaments not needed. ​(But if you do want to make some, here's our ornament guide.)

Tip: Water greens daily to keep them look­ing fresh. A good source for foam cones is ​save-on-crafts.com/foamcones.html.

White lanterns and vintage red sap bucketsWhite lanterns and vintage red sap buckets
Wrap railings with garlands

A row of white lanterns and vintage red sap buckets adds spark to the entryway. Protect a non-watertight container by dropping in a small plastic container (an empty yogurt tub works well).

What we used: Geraldton waxflower

Style tip: To maximize the life of your bouquets, clip 1 inch off stems before putting them in water
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Transform pinecones into a snowy centerpieceTransform pinecones into a snowy centerpiece
Snow cones
Plain white acrylic paint and a small foam brush are all you need to transform a pile of humble pinecones into a snowy centerpiece that will be welcome this hectic season.

Just touch the tips of the pinecones with the brush, let the paint dry, then place the cones in a simple white bowl.


Bend three pliable curly willow tips into a circle Bend three pliable curly willow tips into a circle
Tabletop wreath

For this Western take on a holiday standby, bend three pliable curly willow tips into a circle and wire the ends together. Weave two more willow tips through them, then wire all twigs together in several places. Tuck in eucalyptus clippings and tillandsias. Set on a table, or wire everything into place and hang.

Tip: Place tillandsias so they hide the wreath's wire.

Design: Amoreena Herbage of Seattle's Midnight Blossom floral shop (midnightblossom.com).
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Frosty-looking place settingsFrosty-looking place settings
Winter in a jar
Small jars of dusty miller foliage and Brunia laevis berries make frosty-looking place settings.

Design: Amoreena Herbage of Seattle's Midnight Blossom floral shop (midnightblossom.com).


Keep stem ends steady in a layer of sandKeep stem ends steady in a layer of sand
Shimmery showstopper

To create this oversize arrangement, bunch together silver tree branches (Leucadendron argenteum) with tightly coiled fern fronds and Brunia laevis sprigs with white berries. Finish with an African mask leaf (Alocasia x amazonica).

Tip: Keep stem ends steady in a layer of sand.

Design: Amoreena Herbage of Seattle's Midnight Blossom floral shop (midnightblossom.com).
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Tie together bunches of silver dollar tree Tie together bunches of silver dollar tree
Wintry welcome

For an entryway decoration that's almost as easy as hanging your coat, tie together bunches of silver dollar tree (Eucalyptus cinerea) and silver tree (Leucadendron argenteum) with twine. Add a Tillandsia xerographica as a velvety bow and hang from a hook.

Tip: Hang swags in unexpected spaces, like on a porch.

Design: Amoreena Herbage of Seattle's Midnight Blossom floral shop (midnightblossom.com).


Gift toppers make the presentation unforgettable Gift toppers make the presentation unforgettable
Silvery sprig gift toppers

Sure, it's what's inside that counts, but fresh gift toppers make the presentation unforgettable too. Just tuck bouquets of houseplant leaves (like peperomia and pilea), juniper, and silver tree leaves under ribbon, or glue fern curls and lichens right onto packages.

Tip: Use floral glue to adhere without ribbon; it dries clear.

Design: Amoreena Herbage of Seattle's Midnight Blossom floral shop (midnightblossom.com).
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