Decorating Window Boxes for Winter

Fill your winter window boxes with evergreen branches and pine cones. image by Lysanne Ooteman/


It's winter, and the bloom has fallen from the rose. This doesn't have to mean your window boxes must be empty, however. In fact, there are many ways to fill those boxes even when the weather is freezing or during rainy seasons. Keep your window boxes blooming all year long with cold weather-friendly plants and decorations that will bring cheer to your home during the long, gray months of winter.

Decorating Window Boxes for Winter

Step 1

Fill your window boxes with evergreen branches. Make sure the soil is not frozen, and cut some fresh branches from any evergreen tree. Then plant the branches about 6 inches into the soil. They will stay fresh for several weeks. Try filling the space in front of the branches with large pine cones, and add bare branches from deciduous trees for a rustic look.

Step 2

Overflow your window boxes with a bountiful harvest of fruits and berries. Place berry branches (winterberry or holly works great) into the box. Tie a ribbon around one of the branches. Add crab apples, and decorate it with tiny white lights.

Step 3

Welcome winter with a friendly snowman. First, place some ivy or cedar branches in the box so that they trail over the sides. Then, add a cheerful snowman to the middle of the box. Make sure the snowman is designed for outdoor use. Fill in the space around your snowman with Styrofoam "snowballs."

Step 4

Create a formal feel in your window boxes by placing small boxwood shrubs in each box. Then when spring arrives, take them out and plant them in your yard.

Things You'll Need

  • Evergreen branches
  • Pine cones
  • Berry branches
  • Ribbon
  • Apples or other fruit
  • White lights
  • Ivy
  • Decorative snowman
  • Styrofoam balls
  • Boxwood shrubs


  • Midwest Home Magazine: Create a Winter Window Box

Who Can Help

  • Winter Window Box Ideas
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About this Author

April Sanders has been a professional writer since 1998. She has worked as an educator and now writes academic research content for EBSCO Publishing and elementary reading curriculum for Compass Publishing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in social psychology from the University of Washington and a master's degree in information sciences and technology in education from Mansfield University.

Photo by: Lysanne Ooteman/