I’m finally getting around to putting up a few Christmas decorations. With several boxes of ornaments stored in the basement I decided I wouldn’t buy anything new this year. Not that easy to do as the stores are brimming with such great stuff!
Rather than make my usual wreath for the front door I decided on something a bit easier and made a swag. If you have fir trees in your garden you can cut and use those boughs. I’ve not so I did have to buy a few sprigs of fir that were tied together from the local hardware store for a big $4.99.
I then rummaged through my Christmas boxes and gathered a few things to make my swag. This could be anything you want, but basically you will need:
- Decor items such as Christmas balls, pine cones, bells, small figures, stars….
- Magnetic hook
- Protector pads (optional)
- Fir or pine boughs
The first thing I added to my tied boughs were a few painted pinecones that were already strung on wire. You can add anything and everything. Whatever you have.
To that I added a metal stocking ornament. I simply tied it to the top of the fir boughs with a bit of wire.
I then cut about 6 feet of wired ribbon and tied a big bow. I like the wire ribbon because it holds it’s shape and you can twist and curl it. I attached a wire piece to the back of the bow and tied it securely around the top of the swag.
Lastly I added a little bird that I sat inside the stocking, you could add a stuffed animal or Santa too.
The next step would be optional. I just repainted my doors this summer so I’m still a bit picky about them. I cut a few strips of protector padding, the kind you use on furniture. On the back of the swag I stuck 3 pieces down the full length of the swag to help protect my door from possible scratches.
Voila, after just 20 minutes I was hanging my finished Christmas swag on the door. It cost almost nothing and took very little time to put together. I think it’s quite festive!
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