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Here are some unique and colourful elements you may want to consider adding to your winterscape. Have fun and use your imagination!

Nature’s Art Supplies

Use existing plants and plant materials in your yard and around your neighbourhood. Integrate these into your winterscape by building on or around trees and shrubs, and add plant materials as decorative features in winter scenes.

  • Hang winter-themed ornaments or other features, such as bird feeders, on trees and shrubs
  • Use plants as a feature in art or sculpture
  • Grow plants with winter interest in your yard and garden such as evergreens, and plants that hold onto their fruits/seeds through the winter)

Grow plants with winter interest in your yard and garden such as evergreens, and plants that hold onto their fruits/seeds through the winter).

If collecting plant materials, please remember to be kind to nature and your neighbours: 

  • Try to collect items from the ground, instead of breaking/pulling parts from living plants
  • Ask your neighbours before taking materials from their private property
  • Only collect items in public places and parks where collection is allowed

Getting Creative with Snow and Ice

Building things with snow does not have to be complicated. You can use existing snow and ice formations in your yard as a base for creating your winterscape:

Wildlife-Friendly Features

Why should humans have all the fun? Attract some winter wildlife to your yard with a birdfeeder, a heated birdbath, or by leaving some natural areas intact where animals might find shelter and food. You could even try making your own feeders!

Find Creative Uses for Summer Yard and Garden Items

Planter containers, watering cans, lawn ornaments, and fences can all be included in your winterscape.

A watering can might come in handy as a container for collecting and displaying dried winter plants.

Consider adding a combination of attractive dried plants, boughs of evergreens or fruit-bearing branches, and even artificial sprigs of leaves or feathers for a colourful and unique winter planter.


  • Instead of filling the bottom of your winter planter with soil, which can freeze when it gets wet and prevent easy adding/removing of material, try filling the bottom with sand.
  • To prevent planters from easily tipping over, weigh down the bottom with rocks.

A Palette of Colour

Add splashes of colour to your winterscape:

  • Use food colouring mixed with water in spray or squeeze bottles to draw or paint in the snow, and colour your snow sculptures
    (Participants of a River Valley Program Christmas Break 2013 Daycamp created coloured snow sculptures in Whitemud Park).
  • Use coloured ice blocks or decorations to create a cool look for your yard

Lighten Up

Adding some lights to your winterscape can brighten up your front yard at night and highlight special features.  Some ideas:

  • Solar-powered lights along pathways
  • Lighting up snow sculptures with LED lights
  • Building small mounds of snow with a hole in the centre, and sticking glow sticks into the snow mound to create temporary patches of soft lighting
  • Making lanterns and light holders out of plant materials to light your yards and pathways
  • Use LED lights for your residence
  • Turn your winter lights on at night thru January and February (for maximum energy-efficiency, have them set on a timer so you don’t forget to turn them off)

For More Information

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