Christmas Planter Heads


This post presents some ideas on how you create Christmas planter heads using holiday decor such as ornaments and garland.

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Planter heads, i.e. planters that are in the shape of busts or heads, have become increasingly popular. A while back, I showed you 5 different plants that work in head shaped planters. In today’s post, I am going to show you how you can decorate these planter heads for Christmas using very simple holiday decor.

This time of year, I am always looking for ways to decorate my home that are affordable, easy, as well as decorations that don’t require a ton of time. (I’m looking at you outdoor lights) So, I decided to put my planter heads to good use for holiday decor.

Tinsel Garland Necklace

In the fall of this year, my sister in-law came upon this little secretary desk at an antique fair and I asked her to purchase it for me. It is petite, with feminine lines and was perfect for staging my Christmas planter heads. I also love the brass hardware and cute little cubbies in the interior.

Christmas Planter Heads

Our theme for Christmas decor this year is winter whites with metallics. For metallics, we used copper, silver and gold. So, the items used in our planter heads reflects this theme. Having said that, you can use any color theme you choose.

There is a hole in the back of the planter heads which is intended to hold the pot of a plant or flowers. Instead, I opted to use this space to hold a variety Christmas ornaments and decor.

Items used in Planter Head

Here is a summary of the items used:

  • A variety of vintage Christmas balls, all in gold and silver
  • Some glittered faux foliage picks
  • Clear glass balls from a craft store
  • Pinecones that I found, painted white and frosted with artificial snow
  • Silver tinsel garland from the Dollar Store

It’s always fun to dress up the planter heads. The first thing I did was to give them some necklaces via the tinsel garland.

Then I stuffed a little tissue paper into the bottom of the planter holes to provide a nice cushion for the glass Christmas balls.

Tinsel Garland Necklace

Next, I added the faux glitter foliage towards the back of each of the heads. This helped to keep all the other ornaments from tumbling out the back of the planter.

Faux foliage with glitter

Then, cutting some tinsel off of the garland, I put it into the clear glass balls. I also added a few other sparkly tidbits such as some individual glitter leaves from the faux foliage.

Adding remaining Christmas items to planter head

The last items to be added to the planters were the pinecones which added some nice texture.

As mentioned, I foraged these pinecones from a nearby natural preserve. I brought them home, rinsed them in some bleach and then baked them in the over 200 degrees for 45 minutes. Within a few days, the pinecones started to open and I painted them using white craft paint. Once the paint was dry, I lightly brushed on some Mod Podge and then added some artificial snow to the pinecones. You can see some of the unpainted pinecones in the desk cubby.

Adding ornaments to these planter heads is one of the easiest, fastest and simplest ways to decorate for Christmas. I love projects that are easy, fast, simple AND look great.

Christmas items added to the planters

Here are a few more images you can pin to your Pinterest account.

Christmas Planter Heads

What other ways have you been decorating for the holidays? How many plastic totes of Christmas items do you have? We have 5.

Christmas Planter Heads

I really don’t want any more Christmas stuff that fills giant plastic totes. So every year, I use what we have and try to mix it up.

Christmas Planter Heads

If you are looking to buy some planter heads, here are some links to some similar planter heads


Thank you for stopping by the blog today! I hope your holiday decorating is going well and that you are finding new and inspiring things to try.

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  1. SO PRETTY!!! I love these. They are super unique and can be dressed up so many ways due to the neutral color of them! Re-using things you already have is just the best way to decorate for any time of the year. Amazing job, Anna! P.S. I think I have 4 totes…maybe 5…:)

    1. Thanks Rachel! I appreciate your kinds words. These planter heads are definitely fun to change up depending upon the season.

  2. Hi Anna! Thanks for the great tips! I love to decorate with planter heads too! I love the idea of using Christmas ornaments in them! Pinning, so I can remember it for next year! This year I used faux fruit in mine!

    1. Hi Donna! Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Yes, I saw your post on Christmas decor in your kitchen. I loved the Carmen Miranda vibe for your planter heads.

  3. This is so beautiful and so creative, Anna! I love the mix of silver, gold, and copper accents you added to these planters. Not only are they fun and festive they can easily be used through the new year. Loving and pinning as always sweet friend, CoCo

    1. Hi CoCo – thank you for the kind words. The planter heads are in keeping with the winter whites and metallics theme for this year. They can be used for New Year’s celebration too. I hadn’t thought of that! Thank you for stopping by and for commenting.

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