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Happy Valentine’s Day!

As promised, here is another quick and easy solution for your holiday decor. If you thought the citrus topiary was a cinch, just wait until you see what I have planned for the day of love. I know what you’re probably thinking, ‘Valentine’s Day is today! I don’t have time to decorate now. What’s the point?’ I am here to tell you that you do have time and that the point is to celebrate those you love. It just so happens that I have the perfect plan for some last-minute decor.

All you need to do first is find a nandina bush…

Quick and Easy Plant Decor: Love Letter Topiaries  by Carmen Johnston Gardens

So,where do you find nandina berries? Just get in your car and drive around. I happened upon these beauties in a Walmart parking lot. Finders, keepers. (Tip: Always be on the look out for berries and blooms wherever you go. You never know when free foliage will fall into your lap!)

Quick and Easy Plant Decor: Love Letter Topiaries by Carmen Johnston Gardens

Simply insert the berries into the base of your plant to create a skirt of vibrant color.

Quick and Easy Plant Decor: Love Letter Topiaries by Carmen Johnston Gardens

For a touch of whimsy, I borrowed these little love birds from my kitchen. (Tip: Before buying anything new, always look around your house first.)

Quick and Easy Plant Decor: Love Letter Topiaries by Carmen Johnston Gardens

After dressing your topiary up in it’s Valentine’s Day best, put it on a tray with some sweet treats for your guests. This popsicle display was a total happy accident. The popsicles looked extra sweet in the shape of X’s and so I added some heart-shaped candy to keep them in place. It was super easy and incredibly cheap. Finally, to turn this display into a station for writing love letters, simply put out some blank stationary and let the sentimental feelings fly!

XOXO

P.S. Don’t toss out those nandina berries just yet! Hang onto them and stay tuned for more DIY decorating solutions soon.

Container: The Home Depot
Tray: Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart
Valentine’s Day Cards: Anthropologie

Photos: The Photography of Haley Sheffield

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