Hello, hello! I’m so happy to be back on the blog today! I missed chatting with everyone, and feel like we have so much to catch up on. How was your Thanksgiving? We had a surprise visitor, my father-in-law, so we got to set an extra place at the table this year. We spent the day offline, spending quality time with family & friends, eating good food, playing games, and watching holiday movies. It was really nice. The rest of the weekend, Emmett & I were busy packing all of your Tuesday Made orders! Thank you again for shopping small and supporting our little store. I truly can’t tell you how much that means- I’m overwhelmed with gratitude. We’re working hard to get all of your orders out within the next few days (thanks for your patience!)– we’re certainly feeling the holiday hustle & bustle, which has been fun! Anyway- today I have another seasonal post to share with you. My plan was to fill up my window planters over the weekend and I went to three local nurseries, greenhouses, and even Lowe’s… only to find there are zero potted plants left. I’m guessing I’m a month too late. The only thing I stumbled upon was cut holiday greenery- garland, wreaths, and tons of Christmas trees. It seems I missed my window to plant live boxwoods, juniper, and pine- like I normally do this time of year. I always try to finish my winter window boxes in late October and I was just too busy this year. Since I couldn’t find live plants, I figured I’d resort to faux… that way the boxes aren’t empty all winter long until April. If you’re interested to see how I assembled my winter window planters this year, click through! I’m linking everything and am sharing the faux greenery I used, which is pretty convincing and maintenance free. They turned out really festive. I’m glad I found an alternative and was able to make it work this year!
FYI- I photographed the process images with my phone because it was easier while wearing gloves, so they’re not the best quality. I think you’ll still get the point though!
Once my summer florals died off at the end of October, I emptied the window boxes completely- soil and all. These have only had live plants nestled inside them, which typically cascades over the edge, so they probably could have used a good cleaning. However, given the cold temperatures, I figured I’d just go for it and deal with cleaning the boxes (and windows) in the spring. Filling the empty boxes was my main concern, because let’s be real- everything is going to be covered in snow soon, anyway.
As for the faux outdoor greenery I used, I wasn’t really sure what would look most convincing, take up a fair amount of space in my window boxes, and create the textural look I was going for. I ended up buying a random assortment with good reviews and everything ended up looking pretty nice in person. I think using a variety of faux plants is the key to making the boxes look more realistic.
I had four boxes to fill- the three window planters on the shed, as well as the one on our back patio, and it felt like I ordered the perfect amount. I’ll be sure to link everything for you below…
Shop my finds by clicking directly on each piece of greenery below- or use the numbered links at the bottom of the collage…
01: faux wreath (similar) // 02: ribbon // 03: faux potted juniper // 04: faux potted cedar // 05: faux pine pick // 06: faux pine branches // 07: faux branches // 08: faux boxwood bush
I set up a folding table in our yard, unboxed everything to see what I was working with, and got started. I always like to begin with the largest plants or sprays first…
Next, I added in some of the boxwood picks, because they’re on the larger side. The boxwoods were budget-friendly and weren’t quite as convincing as some of the other faux greenery, but it did make for an excellent base. It’s all about layering, and the textural boxwoods are perfect for the bottom or base layer. They really just act as filler. I’m probably more sensitive to their overall look & feel as well, because we have boxwoods planted directly beneath the window boxes… therefore it’s pretty obvious which is real and which is faux, since it’s essentially a side-by-side comparison. On their own, they’re great!
Then, I began adding some of the smaller and individual pieces of greenery. I just shoved it in haphazardly, but if you’re having trouble criss-crossing the branches to firmly secure them- you can always use florist foam or recycled packing materials to fill your planter boxes before adding greenery… that way the ends have something to stick into. Just keep layering until you get the look and fullness you’re aiming for!
Once everything was in, I began fluffing the branches & greenery. In nature, branches don’t grow perfectly straight, symmetrical, or uniform, so be sure to bend them in all directions for a more realistic look. I’d also recommend bending a few of the branches downward to break the grid and make the planter box look more full… so it tapers over the edge.
I also decided to pull some old faux wreaths out of storage to adorn the windows… because why not, it’s the holiday season! They make our shed look so charming. I kind of wish we would’ve thought to put holiday lights on the shed (since it’s looking cute for Christmas), but maybe next year. I pulled out my good camera for the after images and waited for golden hour. Ready to see how everything turned out?!
I’m really pleased, and I’m especially happy that the planter boxes are no longer empty. Are they the real thing? No, but they look really nice and the best part is they require zero maintenance. Emmett already asked if I could do this again next year to save us from planting, replanting, and watering. I’ll see how it holds up, but I think it’s a great solution.
If you missed our shed build, check out this post! I get a lot of requests for a link to buy the shed or pre-fab kit, but I’m proud that we built this ourselves to fit our needs and aesthetic. It’s a fun post, if you’d like to go back and see how the shed came to fruition last year!
I’d love to hear your thoughts. How are you getting ready for the winter & holiday season? Do you have all of your outdoor items, yard, and patio winterized by now- or are you late to the game this year (like me)? I think we’re finally ready for the snow to start falling over here. While my father-in-law was here visiting last week, he helped us tackle our outdoor winterization list, which was super helpful. Everything is put away, neatly stored, and I think we’re officially entering holiday mode in our household. Here’s to a wonderful week ahead! Let me know if you have any questions about the faux greenery.
PeggiNovember 29, 2021 at 4:15 am
Good morning, good morning! How nice that you had a surprise guest for the holiday. I always love adding one more place at the table. Our Thanksgiving was a lovely success! So much scrumptious food and lively conversation in a sparkling setting. We even fielded a few suggestions for next year’s theme!
As for your planter boxes, they look smashing! You definitely have the most charming shed in the west! Although real plants are beautiful, I have to concur with Emmett on this one. If these faux plants survive the elements, why not make this your annual look? Winter plantings are severely limited, so you’re not really losing variety, right? To my way of thinking, you’re already going above and beyond to fill your window boxes for the snowy season. Why not save a little effort and money at the busiest time of year? The arrangements look full, festive and totally convincing! Your mix is splendid, and I especially love the pine cones. I wonder how the deer will feel? If they’re anything like Jason, they might just chomp on them anyway!🤣
I’m happy to hear you had a busy weekend at Tuesday Made! I couldn’t resist snagging a few treasures for myself! You really have curated the most wonderful selection. Here’s to a festive & bustling week!💜🎄🎁
SarahNovember 29, 2021 at 8:16 pm
Hello, hello! It was so fun to have a surprise guest this year! I love hearing that your Thanksgiving was also a success. I’m envisioning your beautiful tablescape, and know it had to have been a show stopper. So fun! I can’t wait to hear about next year’s theme. Thanks for your kind words about our shed :) I really do love it! I always feel like the winter plant selection is limited, and the timeframe for snagging them is so short. I think this could be an awesome solution! We’ll see how it holds up this year, but I’d love to repeat this treatment next year. From afar, you’d never know the difference, so I’m cool with it. Funny you mention the deer- I pulled into the driveway from work this evening to catch a couple of deer sniffing it. None of them were tempted to take a bite. I’m sure they’re not thrilled about my planter choice, but in all fairness- I did give them all of the pumpkins from my porch last month. Haha! Jason cracks me up! I love hearing about his shenanigans. It has been so fun at the Tuesday Made shop lately- definitely feeling festive! We boxed up your order today… thank you again for supporting our small business! That was so thoughtful of you. I love everything you selected and can’t wait to hear your thoughts :) Here’s to a great week ahead! xox
LaurenNovember 29, 2021 at 7:55 am
Good morning Sarah! Ahhh it’s lovely to be back to the typical morning routine. We had a lovely Thanksgiving, filled with way too much food, but it was nice to have everyone together again. You’re not the only one late to the fall planting game. My outdoor pots should have been planted in the beginning of October. I will say, we are severely lacking any hope of winter here-we are still having temperatures in the 80’s during the day, although the chill has set in at night. I may be able to plant them anyway if this continues-it’s likely we won’t experience a frost this year. Your boxes turned out perfect, and hey, if it holds up to the elements, why not?? It certainly is a lower maintenance and water-wise option! My mother-in-law has used faux for her planter boxes for many years now (they look nowhere near as realistic as yours) and she swears by this tactic, haha! I’m so happy to see the shop in full holiday mode; I snagged the taupe ginger jar ornaments for myself this year, and they did not disappoint! Pictures really don’t capture just how beautiful they really are! I can’t wait to put up our tree. Alas, we will be extremely late to the holiday decor game-our tile and carpets are being professionally cleaned the first weekend of December, but I’m looking forward to taking advantage of the situation and rearranging some of our spaces. Perhaps a different take on the everyday will inspire my holiday decorating. I’m all other aspects we are ahead of the holiday hustle and bustle, and looking forward to this season’s festivities! Cheers to a productive week ahead!
SarahNovember 29, 2021 at 8:09 pm
Hi Lauren! I love our morning routine :) It’s nice to be back, chatting with you! I’m so glad to hear your Thanksgiving was a good one. These past two weeks have been so weird, in regards to weather. It has been warm here. Today it was nearly 60! So crazy. I’m crossing my fingers for snow. I feel like October felt more seasonally appropriate than November. It’s fun to hear your mother-in-law is also on board the faux plant train for her window boxes. I wasn’t sure how they’d turn out, but from afar- you’d never know. I’m just happy I don’t have to look at empty boxes all winter. Ha! I loved seeing your order come in! Thank you again for shopping small with us- that means so much. I appreciate it! Super exciting that your carpet and tile is being professionally cleaned- definitely a valid reason to to rearrange, decorate, and style. I’m all about doing the holidays in our own way, in our own time- whatever feels right on any given year! I would appreciate some cold weather to kick off the festive spirit over here though. Here’s to hoping! Have an amazing week, friend! xo
Danna FNovember 29, 2021 at 8:34 am
Happy Monday Sarah!! So glad your shop is hustling and bustling! You have so many beautiful and well curated items. Your planter boxes look great! I think the faux plants look very realistic and make for easy winter upkeep. We had planter boxes in Minnesota many years ago and we used fresh cut greens which didn’t last all winter. Love your faux plant idea especially the potted plants. Brilliant!
So glad your Thanksgiving was full of food, friends and a surprise family guest. I got smart this year and made a lot of my dishes the night before which made for a less stressful day. We missed our son but glad he has recovered from his illness. I made a care package of soup and food and sent with his girlfriend.
Looking forward to the season and festivities and all your posts. Have a great day!
SarahNovember 29, 2021 at 7:52 pm
Hi Danna! I hope your week is off to a good start :) Thanks so much for your kind words. It has been a fun few weeks at the shop- I’ve loved wrapping up everyone’s holiday packages! Even though it’s not what I normally do- I have to say, I like the look of the faux plants and love that they’re maintenance-free. I’m with you on making food the night before! I only had two things to make the day of… and Emmett is always in charge of deep frying our turkey (that was my dad’s family tradition before he passed). It always makes for a less stressful and relaxing holiday! I’m so glad to hear your son is feeling better. You’re the best mom for sending him a care package- so sweet of you! I’m glad his girlfriend was able to join you. I’m definitely feeling the spirit of the season. Here’s to a fun and thoughtful December ahead! xo
ColleenNovember 29, 2021 at 9:52 am
Welcome back Sarah!
I’m so glad you had a fabulous Thanksgiving and had some well deserved time off with your family! It’s actually my favorite holiday and I always treasure time with my family and friends ❤️
Your shed looks so beautiful, it actually looks like a super cute cabin nestled in the woods. Our cottage is probably not much bigger 😂 I love your faux wreaths and planter boxes, they really dress it up and I think you should definitely reuse them every year.
We are way behind this year in winterizing our patio. The pool is closed but that’s it, the leaves just finished falling last week and we have much leaf cleanup to do. Not to mention store all our patio furniture and guess what it snowed yesterday so now everything is covered in a blanket of snow 🙄 Ha! Now we have to wait for it all to melt. Andrew has been back and forth to our cottage ( 7 hour drive each way) managing contractors so progress is being made just not at home 😬 we also have a new shed but it never occurred to me to decorate it. What an awesome idea.
I’m glad to hear you have been busy shipping orders for Tuesday Made. Yay! I must say the woodland candle is getting me in the holiday spirit. Ive gotten lots of compliments on the banister but haven’t made any progress anywhere else yet. And now it looks like Christmas here with all the snow so I guess I better the house decorated this week cause I’ll need to work on the outside as soon as this snow melts. Ha! I’m doing everything in reverse order this year 🙃
Have a super amazing day! Thanks so much for another inspirational post 🌲
SarahNovember 29, 2021 at 6:44 pm
Thanks, Colleen! I also really enjoy Thanksgiving. It was so nice to relax, play games, eat good food, and just spend quality time with loved ones. It’s one of my favorite traditions! I wish our shed were a cabin in the woods or perched up on a mountain- how cool would that be?! It’s definitely filled will tools, lawn equipment, and a whole lot of junk… not very cute on the inside. Haha! I’m pleased with the exterior though- I love pulling into our drive to that view on the corner of our property. We still have some more leaf cleanup to do (that seems never-ending around here), but we felt so unorganized and late to winterize this year. I think the weather has been messing with me. When it’s super cold, I feel rushed and eager to check things off the list, but lately it has been unseasonably warm and I haven’t felt the urge or pressure to get things done outside. It snowed at your house?! I know that’s annoying for you and Andrew, to clear out and store the patio furniture, but I have to say- I’m a little jealous. I’ve been not so patiently waiting for a good snow over here. It almost hit 60 degrees here today- so weird! I love hearing about your cottage progress- that’s so exciting, though definitely a bit of a drive (worth it!). I love hearing that you’ve been enjoying the Woodland candle. That one is my favorite. You decorate for the holidays in whatever order feels right and inspiring to you! There is no timeline, no rush, and I’m in favor of doing it your way :) I hope your week is off to an awesome start! xo
ZackNovember 21, 2022 at 2:39 pm
Quick question for you as we look to replicate the look at our home. What sort of quantity of each of the faux items did you buy? And whats the rough size (length & width) of window boxes. I hope you dont mind if we try to steal your look. Its very chic and would look great here at our colonial in Westchester. Many thanks!
SarahNovember 22, 2022 at 9:25 am
Hi Zack! I’d be so flattered. It’s definitely far less maintenance than the real thing, and I like that it looks good all season long. Our boxes are roughly 3 feet x 1 foot. For the faux items, I bought 3 of the cedar topiaries (one for each box), 2 boxes of the boxwood picks, 2 sets of the highland park pine (6 total), 2 boxes of the pine needles, and 1 box (35 pieces) of the small pine picks. I hope that helps! Happy Holidays :)