DIY Christmas Greens with Pre-lit Faux Branches

December 3, 2014

I finally broke down and bought some of those pre-lit faux branches
that have been gaining in popularity for the past few years now. You
know the ones. They're long branches that have little battery operated 
lights already attached to them. Some branches are white or silver, and

some are natural-looking.  Some have glitter or even "snow" on them.

I got a silver set at World Market (originally $16.99) and a natural looking
set at Wal-Mart, each for around $10.00. Their prices can vary GREATLY
depending on where you look, so be sure to shop around for the best price.  
Each year I've tried weaving white Christmas lights through an evergreen 
garland on our mantel. But you could always see the wires (even when they
were green) and the cord would hang down the side of the mantel
like an eyesore. I was never totally happy with the look. But I really love
the look of soft white Christmas lights. And these pre-lit faux branches
 totally fit the bill.

I knew when I purchased them exactly what I was going to do with them.
I have a tall, galvanized French flower bucket that's just the right size 
for holding some tall faux branches and Christmas greens.

So I started with my galvanized bucket.

Here are the greens that I cut from trees on our property.

I added them in first, then I added the pre-lit faux branches.

Finally, I added in some Christmas sprays for a pop of red and white color.
Sprays like this are usually ridiculously overpriced at your
major craft stores. I bought mine during a 60% off sale.

Each grouping of faux branches has it's own battery pack. Rather than
having to dig into the bucket every time I want to turn them on or off, I taped
the packs to the back of the bucket with painter's tape so they're easy to reach.

Not very attractive, but that's ok since no one will ever see them.

If you've ever arranged flowers in a vase you can do this. 
I love arranging flowers so this was great fun for me!

And here it is when lit. It's even prettier at night, but getting a
nighttime photo that did it justice was nearly impossible.
Overall, the project was relatively inexpensive since I already had the
 bucket and the greens were free. You can always add more or less greens
according to your taste, and if they start to look a bit tired, you can always add
some new greens for a fresh look.  

How do you use greens for
YOUR Christmas decorating?
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Christine Graves said...

Very pretty, loved your idea about taping the power box so it can be turned on easily. I am going to have to remember that. Love the branches you bought....

Barb Rosen said...

I made a pin but did not see a Pinterest button on any of your pretty pictures! Love this idea!

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Your tin bucket is lovely with the greenery and lights! Your home is looking festive and ready for the Christmas! I love lighted branches and use them in a tin bucket too. I also bought one of Walmart's lighted bare trees covered with snow. It has become a favorite of mine now. Great job!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

This is so pretty! I've wondered about those prelit twigs, and you've encouraged me to go for it. I have the perfect dark corner I need them for! I LOVE your planter, the number on the container is super cool!

Vanessa said...

I love this idea, Kathleen.

Privet and Holly said...

I love how beautiful
this looks, Kathleen!
I have a set of the lighted
branches, but haven't
aded them to spruce
tips, which really looks
great. I like the way you
brought in real and faux,
together and the zinc
containers are always
really sweet....

Sending hugs for a
happy and festive Christmas
season, sweet friend!

xo Suzanne

Cathy Carroll said...

I love mixing real with faux to get that added texture and pop. I had not seen these faux limbs but will definitely be on the lookout for them. Beautiful arrangement in a beautiful container. Love it. Cathy

Sandra Lee said...

Flower arranging is not one of my skills but I'm willing to give it a go. This is very pretty and I love the way you hid the lights.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I've never seen these before, now I must have some. Love how you have them arranged in your stenciled bucket! Very pretty.

Karen Marie Kedzuch said...

I love your post for the Bloggers Christmas Series. I have all of those items in my home right now. While we are allergic to fresh Greens I do my best to dress the fake ones for the Holidays.
Thank you for ispiring me.
Happy Creating,
Karen Marie
Dragonfly & Lily Pads

Marlys Folly said...

Beautiful arrangement.. I don't bring a lot of greens inside although this year I did go out and snip some greens from the neighbor's bush.

must love junk said...

Love this! The bucket, the greens, the lights...all looks great!

Rita C. said...

Kathleen, I use these also, both battery and electric (like the battery better). I like how you've taped the packs onto your vessel - good idea!

The Charm of Home said...

Very pretty! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

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