DIY Winter Urn Made with Repurposed Materials

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It’s not only fun to do trashure work myself (one man’s trash is another one’s treasure), but the best part is having a bunch of friends who love to do the same! Welcome to Trash to Treasure Tuesday where the second Tuesday of each month my blogger friends and I get together to bring you some junkin’ goodness. My project today is to show you how I took some repurposed materials and made them into a DIY winter urn. You’ll see my friend’s projects in a bit.

Urns Ready for Winter Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

What I was after was creating something that would last past Christmas and keep my home decorated for winter. I’m all for less work and more fun, so in order to do that I had to go faux. My mind was set on making use of all of the cast-off Christmas trees available this time of year. When I headed to the thrift store, I was so stoked to finda 4′ mini one for a few bucks. Not only that, but I found those two foam blocks too. Perfect!

Confession time…I have had sick kiddos and was not in my right brain, so I forgot to take pictures of the chopping the Christmas tree up part. It was bitter cold outside, so my daughter and I worked fast. But, we basically took the tree and a hacksaw and cut it in half. Since my urns already had a center post built in, I just poked the foam onto the supports and stuck the tree parts in.

I didn’t want any waste, so I yanked out the other branches from the unusable base of the tree and stuck them in and around the trees. I even used my jigsaw to get those babies off. whew!

Adding Faux Tree Branches to Winter Urns | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Once I had the trees in place and filled in, then it was just a matter of grabbing some natural elements from around my yard. In goes the some twigs and a few pine cones.

Adding Pinecones to Winter Urns | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Plus, I added some faux ice covered branches I found at the craft store last year. No glue, just stick them in. I plan to reuse this each year, so less fuss is better.

Now I’m all set with my DIY winter urn display for Christmas and thereafter.

Front Door Winter Urns DIY Style by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Simple Rustic Winter Urn Made from Repurposed Materials by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

They go great with my holiday front door, and could even stand some extra greens and holly stuck in from my flower beds. I might wait to do that next year. I got the garland on after Christmas clearance last year for the door. My flower boxes are filled with cheapie garland and faux poinsettias. It works and make the house have life.

Holiday Front Door Decor with DIY Winter Urns by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The wreath was a thrifted score as well. I just added some burlap and ticking ribbon from my scrap stash, and hand-painted a piece of barn wood scrap with Merry Christmas.

Give your Home Winter Appeal with these DIY Urns from Repurposed Materials by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

If you’re loving those lanterns, you can get the tutorial how to make them yourself, all from one board, HERE. I even added a wreath to our stone that my mom had given me a few years ago.It was a blank slate so I added foam balls covered in thrifted sweaters. I was brave enough to hang it outside this year. So far so good!

Winter Holiday Curb Appeal with Wreath on Stone by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Our front garden fence even got some thrifted wreaths I tore apart and added a bow. Love having a split rail fence to grow our goodies on, but it can be boring looking in the winter. This adds fun!

Split Rail Fence with Holiday Garland and Wreaths | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some repurposed goodness happening to up my curb appeal game. All this cost me less than $50 and will give me years of decoration fun.

Christmas Decorated Home from Repurposed Materials by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Merry Christmas Wish from Larissa and Family at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

My hope is that you come away feeling inspired to give decor a try and make some winter goodness happen. I know I’m in love with my new DIY winter urn decor. From my family to yours, I wish you the merriest Christmas ever. Please excuse me while I go make some snow angels. ahem.

Red Boots in Fresh Fallen Snow | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Create these Winter Urns from Thrifted and Repurposed Materials. Budget-friendly Christmas Decor by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Later on this week, I plan to show you how this thrift store cabinet gets a new lease on life. Stay tuned by signing up for my newsletter in the sidebar or at the bottom of this post. Then head below…

Thrifted Glass Cabinet Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Now, pop on down to see what my blogger friends have for you.

Trash to Treasure Tuedays - Thrifted Makeover Fun | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Trash to Treasure December 2016 Collage | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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24 Comments

  • Debrashoppeno5

    Your outdoor decorating looks fantastic. I really like how it will take you through the winter.

    December 13, 2016 at 6:09 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so excited because I can change it up from year to year.

      December 13, 2016 at 10:49 am Reply
  • Tami Toppen

    I love your outdoor decor! I also love the colors you chose for your house and garage! The fence looks so pretty with the greenery and bows!

    December 13, 2016 at 8:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so excited to hear it, Tami. Thank you! My kids and I had fun and kudos to JC (hubby) for helping me hang the wreath up high. Merry Christmas!

      December 13, 2016 at 10:54 am Reply
  • Paula@SweetPea

    Your outdoor area looks so pretty decorated for Christmas and you did it for a bargain price.

    December 13, 2016 at 8:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Can’t beat thrift store prices! Okay…maybe…free is cool. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a Merry Christmas, Paula.

      December 13, 2016 at 10:55 am Reply
  • Ann Kelly

    Wow Larissa, it amazes me what you can do with thrift items. I am definitely inspired to create winter urns for my front porch after seeing what you did with some readily available repurposed items. The best part is they look so real. Thanks for sharing and I hope everyone is feeling better and healthy for the holidays.

    December 13, 2016 at 8:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      How wonderful to hear, Ann! I would love to see what you do. I’m serious about making a home on a budget because so much more in life is important to me. Thank you!

      December 13, 2016 at 10:55 am Reply
  • Teresa L Davis

    Beautiful job! Innovative and creative!

    December 13, 2016 at 9:12 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much! 😀

      December 13, 2016 at 10:48 am Reply
  • Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule

    It looks SO pretty….especially with all that gorgeous snow!! xo

    December 13, 2016 at 11:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      The snow was such a blessing and perfect for our Christmas. Now if it will stay. 🙂 Thanks, Nancy!

      December 13, 2016 at 6:36 pm Reply
  • Marie from The Interior Frugalista

    Ooh nothing says the holidays more than a decorated and snow capped split rail fence. Your house looks so festive and postcard-worthy. The urns look great, especially with adding real elements. Have fun making snow angels and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    December 13, 2016 at 11:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You said it. 😉 Thank so much and Merry Christmas sweet friend!

      December 13, 2016 at 8:07 pm Reply
  • Kari

    I am an old fashioned girl n love with the simplicity of greens n ribbons n wreaths. The decor on the split rail is so much more welcoming than inflatibiles, makes me want to stop in for a cuppa! Merry Christmas to you n your family! Kari

    December 13, 2016 at 11:46 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Then call me old fashioned and give me a BB gun for those inflatables…oh wait, I got one! 😀 Merry Christmas!

      December 13, 2016 at 8:08 pm Reply
      • Kari

        Hmmm hard to tell which you mean you have…an inflatable doesn’t seem your style so I’m gonna guess you have a BB gun which might explain how you “find” all your “trashure” items! LOL!

        December 15, 2016 at 11:01 pm Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    Your outdoor decor is very pretty Larissa, and I admire your creativity and resourcefulness with thrifted items! Merry Christmas to you and your family 🙂

    December 13, 2016 at 2:40 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Jen. 🙂

      December 13, 2016 at 8:08 pm Reply
  • Christy@ Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    These are perfect to take you all through winter! How cool that the snow made a special appearance just so you could take some gorgeous wintry photos lol! Merry Christmas!! XO

    December 13, 2016 at 4:21 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      It was such a blessing! My kids thought me crazy to exclaim excitement that it snowed. Mind you I’m usually like “NOT YET!”, so they had reason to think me nutty. Merry Christmas, Christy!

      December 13, 2016 at 8:09 pm Reply
  • Julie

    I think my favorite thing about your decorating is that you keep it real, your home is inviting both inside and out and it’s lived in and you show us this so that we can gain confidence that on a budget we can achieve beauty by doing it ourselves. I don’t have to move 20 pillows to sit on your couch and even though white is beautiful it’s not always the best idea when I can hardly keep white socks clean let alone an entire home of white? Happy Holidays and thank you for the time you put into the ideas you share with us❤️

    December 13, 2016 at 9:48 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      hahahaha… you are awesome, Julie. Thank you so much for seeing my heart and showing me love.

      December 14, 2016 at 9:52 pm Reply

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