Carson Arthur's home for the holidays Outdoor expert Carson Arthur's festive farmhouse is a wonderland of DIY projects. By Brett Walther 2015-11-02 00:00:00 Carson Arthur's home for the holidays Slideshow View Slideshow Carson Arthur's home for the holidays Replay This Slideshow Next Slideshow Previous Next By: Photo: © Copyright View more galleries 10 merry minimalist wreat 6 DIY glass ball ornament 8 twists on traditional h Carson Arthur's home for the holidays Outdoor expert, Carson Arthur. Happy Holidays When it comes to decorating his farmhouse for the holidays, outdoor expert Carson Arthur has a particular goal in mind—and it's not about intimidating the neighbours with his elegant evergreen arrangements. "I just want to make people smile when they come to the front door," Arthur says. Here's how the CityLine landscaping guru creates that very merry atmosphere—while sticking to a modest budget. Winter Wellies On its own, a cast iron urn can look austere. Arthur's solution? Make it the centre of a quirky vignette, surrounded by festive figurines and an old pair of rubber boots spraypainted a festive shade of red. "Nothing will penetrate a rubber boot, so you can fill it with cedar branches, and then just dump them out at the end of the season," Arthur says. The nifty little gnome was a Christmas craft Arthur brought onto a recent episode of CityLine. "It's literally a cone wrapped with felt, a wooden ball with a face drawn on it, and bits of a fake beard salvaged from old Halloween supplies," he says. Gifts with Presence It may appear to be a casual stack of gifts, but no winter breeze is strong enough to blow this vignette down! To kick off this clever planter arrangement, Arthur filled a container with mulch, the inserted a re-bar into the centre. Then, he hosed down the mulch with water, which then froze, locking the re-bar in place. Finally, he punched each wrapped gift through the re-bar (top and bottom), to create the graduated stack. "Just make sure you're using mulch," says Arthur. "Soil will freeze and expand can actually split your planters." Tiny Tannenbaum This adorable mini-tree is crafted almost entirely out of salvaged materials. Using the same frozen mulch process as the previous stack of gifts planter project, Arthur mounted a broom handle in the centre of a cast iron urn. Then, he took the clippings from his Christmas tree and wrapped them around the top of the pole, lashing them in place with a few lengths of green gardening wire. For a festive flourish, he gave the arrangement a few hits of artificial snow. "Flocked Christmas trees are a big thing right now, and artificial snow is a great way to hide any imperfections," Arthur says. Finally, to cover the mulch, he topped off the urn with a blanket of shatterproof baubles. Wrapper's Delight How would Arthur rate his gift-wrapping skills? "That's not fair—I'm a perfectionist!" he laughs. "I'd never give myself a 10." Despite his humble nature, Arthur's gifts are indeed dressed to impress, and include a DIY flourish in the form of white stamped antlers. "I wanted to buy a rubber stamp, but I couldn't find one big enough," he explains. "Instead, I downloaded a picture of antlers off of the Internet, and used it as a template to carve my own potato stamp!" Now that's crafty! Oh, Christmas tree! Any ornament is welcome on Arthur's tree, so long as it carries personal meaning. "Some of them were passed down to me from my grandparents, and others are from trips to Africa and Hong Kong," he says. "There's a little story behind each one." In lieu of an angel, a hand-made nun has pride of place as the tree topper—a good-humoured homage to the holiday classic, The Sound of Music.For more on holiday decor, check out these fabulous ways to decorate your home for the holidays.