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An Amazing Hack to Make a Christmas Swag

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Does making Christmas decor for the front door seem like a chore to you? Well, I’m giving you an amazing hack to make a Christmas swag, and you won’t believe how easy it is!

Finished Christmas swag hanging on outdoor front door

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Outdoor Christmas Swags

You’ve probably seen a gorgeous Christmas swag somewhere and gawked at the price tag. Well, if you haven’t hopped on the dollar store train yet, let me sell you a ticket…

Christmas swag wreath with red ribbon, berries and frosted pine hanging on black front door

For just a few dollars, you can make this simple holiday decoration for your front door and look like a smartypants when you tell your friends how you did it.

If you’ve visited my knock-off homemade Christmas wreath, you know how much I like creating designer styles at budget prices!

Christmas Swag Supplies

Christmas swag wreath supplies including red plaid ribbon and mixed winter berries

You’ll only need a handful of supplies to get started making your Christmas teardrop swag:

  • 3-4 Dollar store mini trees (approx. 18-inches tall)
  • Floral stem with mixed berries, greenery or pine cones
  • Ribbon
  • Floral wire or pipe cleaner
  • Optional: White LED lights

Christmas Swag Tutorial

For a complete step-by-step tutorial, you can watch my video below and subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Step 1: Attach three mini trees to the floral stem

To create your artificial Christmas teardrop swag, attach one mini Christmas tree to each side of the floral pick as well as the back of the stem. Spread the branch tips out to create fullness.

You can also attach battery operated mini lights throughout the swag wreath and place the battery pack toward the back. The warm white lights really add to the holiday magic!

Attaching mini LED lights to Christmas door swag

If you’d like some greenery sprouting from the top, you can use a partial tree, as I did, or attach some other loose greenery.

Step 2: Create loop to hang wreath

Don’t forget to create a small loop at the “neck” of the Christmas swag to hang your decor on a door or wall.

I like to include this step before attaching my ribbon, but you can also do it last.

Step 3: Create a bow

Creating ribbon for Christmas door swag

In my video, I walk through all the steps to make a simple bow. Generally, I like using floral wire, but you can also use pipe cleaners if that strikes your fancy.

Attaching red plaid Christmas ribbon to Christmas swag

A Final Look

Well, what do you think? Do you love the way your Christmas door swag turned out?

Hanging Christmas door swag on front door

The beauty of this technique is you can buy one stem on sale and add a lot of greenery from the dollar store to give volume without spending lots of moolah!

There’s nothing better than beautiful budget decor to put you in the holiday spirit!

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Christmas teardrop swag on black front door outdoors

Shop the Look

For your convenience, you can click the images below to shop for similar products. (Rest assured, I won’t tell anyone if you decide to buy instead of DIY.)

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Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Christmas swag with red plaid ribbon, red berries, pine cones and greenery on outdoor door

How to Make a DIY Christmas Swag

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Learn how to make a gorgeous Christmas swag wreath on a budget!

This easy tutorial walks through each step to make a Christmas swag using only items from the Dollar Tree and craft store.

Your friends won't believe you made a designer Christmas door swag for cheap!


  • 3-4 Mini 18-inch trees
  • Floral pick with berries and greenery
  • Ribbon
  • Floral wire or pipe cleaner
  • Optional: mini LED battery-operated lights


  • Hot glue gun
  • Wire cutters


  1. Attach mini trees to the sides and back of the floral pick using floral wire or pipe cleaner.
  2. Attach optional LED lights using pipe cleaner. Attaching mini LED lights to Christmas door swag
  3. Using pipe cleaner or twine, create loop in back for hanging.
  4. Create bow or attach pre-made bow to front of swag. Creating ribbon for Christmas door swag


If using for outdoors, make sure the ribbon, lights and greenery can withstand your climate.

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