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Creating Picture-Perfect Holiday Containers

A homemade seasonal arrangement will brighten up the dreariest winter day

This container arrangement is built on a variety of evergreens, corkscrew willow twigs, various seed heads, and a windfall nest with glass eggs. Photo: Kristin Green

The pressure to spend at the holidays is real. But decorations don’t need to break the bank. We gardeners can save big and do it in style by making wreaths, swags, and arrangements by hand out of what grows in our gardens.

Choosing the right materials

The maximalists among us will want to use a varied palette of needled and broadleaf evergreens with contrasting textures and colors, while minimalists may prefer the simplicity of a single species or two of greens. Forage from shrubs and trees that need pruning anyway, and call yourself an artisan. (But always ask permission before removing anything from property other than your own, whether public or private.)

Evergreens that last well after being cut:

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