Collect red branches, a variety of spruce or pine boughs.

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I use leftover soil from the summer pots. Stir it up so its loose.

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Start with the tallest pieces and work your way to the shortest ones. Push them down well so they don't fall over from the weight of the snow.

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Place blue spruce boughs up against the red branches

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Green Spruce next. It's filling up nicely. You want it snug so there are no gaps.

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Snip small branches off the bottom so you can dig it into the sand or soil easier.

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These pine boughs had pine cones still on them. So pretty!

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Add the berries in the middle for colour and interest.

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Now just for the finishing touch...the bow.

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This fabric/netting I got from a nursery 1/2 price last Boxing Day. It's worth looking for these supplies then because at full price they are so expensive.

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I cut about 4-5 feet and then fold it in half.

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Find the middle and make a knot.

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Tie a bow around the knot. Fluff up the bow (it's a bit fussy) and thread a piece of wire through the back of the knot. Secure it to a branch near the front.

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I put a couple of big pine cones and stars. Water the pot a bit and you're done!

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