In my backyard at home in Tifton, Georgia there are several giant Christmas trees. Okay, they’re actually fir trees or spruce trees or something, but I’m no forestry expert so I’m going with Christmas trees. Each year these holiday giants put out little seedlings that grow into mini Christmas trees. While the baby trees are ever so cute, they clutter the landscaping and have the potential to eventually choke the parent trees’ roots.
For years my family dug up the seedlings and transplanted them to a different part of our property, which is time consuming and has absolutely no aspect of holiday cheer. So we were all relieved when my mom, who happens to be a certified gardening pro as well as a very craft savvy lady, came up with an idea to display the small trees as part of our Christmas décor. Thus, a tradition of uprooting the seedlings and planting them in rustic holiday pots was born. They look great on the mantel, as a component of a centerpiece, or on the doorstep. Mom and I made several trees in Tifton a few weeks ago. I left a couple with her and took some to The Hill to decorate Lee’s gorgeous porch.
You can make your own little holiday plants with whatever seedlings you have in your yard. Pine trees would look great if you can’t find any trees of the Christmas variety (very scientific, I know). These are inexpensive to make, you probably already have most of the supplies on hand to whip up a couple. And the best part is that once the holiday season is over, you can transplant the trees to a new spot in your community and watch them grow over the years.
Potted Christmas Trees
Holiday craft supplies- I used twine and fresh berries
1. Gather your gardening supplies. We used a shovel and gloves to uproot the little boogers, and trust me they are little boogers to uproot. The seedlings we were working with were thorny near the roots so the gloves came in handy!
3. Use your shovel to dig down around the seedlings. It won’t matter if some of the thinner roots are lost during this process, but make sure not to harm the taproot. Once you’ve dug down a little, you should be able to pull near the base of the tree and it will come out of the ground.
5. Place your pots on the burlap and cut a square around the pots. We left about 6 inches of spare fabric on each side of the pot so there would be lots of overlap. But play around and see what looks best to you!
6. Fasten the burlap around your pot. We’ve tried several methods for this step because it can be quite tricky. I like to go ahead and wrap the twine that I use to decorate the pots and use that to secure the burlap around the pot. Mom prefers to use pipe cleaners and cover them with ribbon. Whatever works for you!
7. Add in any decorations that you’d like to your plant. I used fresh berries to tuck into the twine for a simple, rustic feel. But you could add a big red bow, a wooden cutout snowflake, or whatever you think will best dress up your pot! You could even keep your trees around and make them seasonal. A little heart garland would be so fun for Valentine’s Day! Or how about a bright ribbon for the springtime?
The trees added a touch of rustic holiday flair to Lee’s already impeccably decorated porch. Show us how you display your little trees by hashtagging #eptingevents! What are your favorite DIY holiday decorations? -Laura