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This idea can be used all year as well as Christmas. I gathered branches and made sure all the leaves were off and spray painted them white, I found a basic vase, that would accept the white spray paint, I found the little twinkle lights and put those on the branches after they were dry.
Collect various branches or smaller limbs and spray paint them black or your choice of colors and secure upright in a flower pot suited to its size in cement.
It may be used to display your favorite objects that would become weather worn if left out during the off season.
By melody_yesterday from Sedalia, MO
This is a guide about forcing branches to bloom. In early spring many flowering shrubs provide us with budding branches which can be taken inside for floral arrangements.
"Decorating the house with fresh greenery is one of the oldest winter holiday traditions. Evergreens have been a part of winter festivals since ancient times. Evergreens are used to represent everlasting life and hope for the return of spring."