added by steveholt
(17 months ago)
Christmas cuttings. Last year, I created these potted pine cuttings as an alternative to a traditional Christmas tree. I loved having their fresh pine scent — and a little reminder of Christmas — on the coffee table after the holidays.
This project was easy to create. First, I picked out a mix of vintage containers to use as vessels. I opted for a mix of vintage mason jars, a metal measuring cup, and a ceramic marmalade jar.
My local florist added a little floral foam to the base of each vessel and created a reservoir for the cuttings. I added the cuttings, sticking the branches into the floral foam. I added potting soil around the base of the cuttings to fill the jars, then put a layer of wood chips on top for a final woodsy touch.
To care for these cuttings, water them every day (especially if your home has the heat going strong). With the reservoir and floral foam, these cuttings lasted for almost two months.
Tip: One little cutting planted in a jar can look a little Charlie Brown Christmas. But I think a grouping of these cuttings in a mix of favorite vessels feels complete. It's a true alternative to a cut tree that can sit on your table.