Monday, November 1, 2010

Winter Window Boxes

I don't have a very nice view from my kitchen window so I try to keep something pretty in the window box year round.


I bought a bunch of mini mums to plant for fall but they hung out on the buffet in the kitchen for too long and never got planted.


Now that I have an empty window box I can't help but think about what I'm going to do for the upcoming season. If you live in a cold climate your winter display can last through the winter.  

I found some great window boxes to inspire us....


I love the glass ornaments and dogwood branches used in this display.


Pinecones are one of my favorite things to decorate with for the holidays.




The icicles hanging from this box are a fun idea. You can use beaded ornaments or garland for this look.
Martha Stewart

I love this shed all decked out for the holidays. Last year I added some greens and a wreath to the playhouse just for fun.


When putting together your winter display it's best to start when the soil is still workable and not frozen. I like to use a few different varieties of evergreen branches to start with. Snip a few inches off of the bottom of the branches to keep fresh and push deep into the dirt so the wind won't take them away. Once your window box is finished, water it. The water will freeze, holding everything in place throughout the winter. If it warms up a bit, keep it watered until the temperature drops below freezing.

Will you be dressing up your windows this winter?

25 comments:

  1. this is so weird to me b/c i grew up in southern california. so when you plant your window box and water it, then it freezes and everything still stays alive? i never knew this. i love the little martha stewart shed, so cute.

    ~janet

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  2. we don't have any windowboxes, so no window dressing for us! and we have a storm door which only allows for skinny wreaths, so i have to put away my old wreath and am making a new yarn wreath. i hope it turns out nicely! i love holday decorations! i love christmas!!!

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  3. I read your post, but kept returning to that first picture of your beautiful kitchen! I hadn't seen it before- the wooden butcher block island/furniture is so great! I bet you made it! And I'm totally jealous of your fridge- ours is too tiny.

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  4. I love this inspiration! I'm getting ready to install a window box...I can't wait!

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  5. How funny. I kept staring at the fridge, too. Dreamy. I love the martha stewart photo with the red bows. I love ribbon during the holidays. And the playhouse . . . ughhh! My children would go nuts. So sweet.

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  6. I like the second window box, it is simple but makes a statement. I do however like the actual box from the Martha Stewart photo :)

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  7. Thanks Megan,
    We bought the island at a little shop that was using it as their checkout counter. We opened the wall between the kitchen and living room so we could have an island, I knew we would use it all the time.

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  8. I love your kitchen. It's so serene and clean. I'm avoiding turning my head right now...there is a pile of dishes waiting for me! :)

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  9. What great window boxes! We don't have any but I would love to add some on to our windows in the future. I love the Martha Stewart shed with the pretty red bows. Very festive! Your playhouse is adorable with the window boxes and wreath. How fun! This is my favorite time of the year and I adore Christmas decorations.

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  10. Those are such great ideas, I love Christmas decorations with branches :)

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  11. These are wonderful inspirational images to get me in the mood! I love to decorate my urns with greens for the colder months! Gotta get going on it because it gets cold here fast! Have a great day!

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  12. I love decorating with pine cones, too. Great window box ideas!

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  13. Living in Southern California...this is making me miss my winter window boxes in Connecticut!

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  14. Loving the kitchen too! I have a window box outside my kitchen window made from an old herb crate a girlfriend gave to me for my birthday one year. We added some iron brackets to it. I love changing it out for the seasons, but tend to use "faux" as our weather fluctuates so much here in the south. It was 75 and sunny yesterday, dreary and 55 today! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  15. I have a window box be it seems to sit empty most of the time. I would love to add some pine clippings and a few lights to make it all glow.

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  16. My planter box bit the dust this year :( I need to build a new one so I can fill it with all kinds of goodies like these!

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  17. I put my woven window boxes in the garage for the winter, but maybe I need to pull them out! Pine cones and greenery are a fab idea.

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  18. very pretty winter displays in window boxes. I don't have window boxes, but something like that would look pretty on the rail of my deck.

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  19. I can't believe it's really this time of year already! Love all of these inspiration images!

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  20. Now I will! Great inspiration...really!

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  21. I did mine for the first time last winter. I waited too long and the soil was already frozen. I read online that you can pour boiling water over top of the soil and it worked! I'm going to try to do it earlier this year, though. The neighbours probably thought I was strange while outside with my kettle. ;)

    Beautiful inspiration photos!

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  22. As soon as I redo my front yard...I am sooooo getting some window boxs!
    Great post!!

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  23. I don't have window boxes but I do dress up the Urns on my front porch for winter with a variety of greens and berries. Always fun!

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  24. What great inspiration and tips! We have window boxes that are planted with boxwood & ivy, but I love to see the evergreens overflowing from the inspiration photos. I might try this in our urns on the front porch. Your playhouse is darling.

    -Rene

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  25. cute idea! i noticed someone did this on my street, but with hay for fall!

    http://bottleblack.blogspot.com

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