Nature inspires my holiday décor. I love the fresh scent of evergreens at my door throughout the winter months. This year I created a winter planter as a still life with a lantern, birch logs, pheasant feathers, 15 different varieties of evergreens, crimson winterberries, some ornaments and a pair of skates~winter motifs that can take us through the holidays and beyond. The evergreens were inexpensive and found in the yard and from cuttings at the local nursery, free for the asking. Having lost our red twig dogwood I painted branches I had in red acrylic paint for height and color. For stability, large arrangemnts such as this should be anchored in dirt or sand. This also allows for easier angulation of the plant material to suit your arrangement.