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!
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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…
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
You’ll only need a handful of supplies to get started making your Christmas teardrop swag:
- 3-4 Dollar Tree mini trees (approx. 18-inches tall)
- Floral stem with mixed berries, greenery or pine cones
- Ribbon (2.5-inch or wider)
- Floral wire or pipe cleaner
- Optional: White LED lights
Christmas Swag Tutorial
For a complete step-by-step tutorial, you can watch my YouTube video on How to Make a DIY Swag. It walks through each step so you can see exactly how I put the swag together.
Step 1: Attach three mini trees to the floral stem
Your main floral pick with berries, cones, or greenery will serve as the base for your artificial Christmas swag. Therefore, I recommend getting one that is full with lots of texture.
To create the teardrop swag, attach one mini Christmas tree to each side of the main floral pick as well as the back of the pick. Spread the branch tips of the Christmas trees 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!
Tip: To attach LED lights, use either floral wire or jute twine.
If you’d like some greenery sprouting from the top, you can use a partial mini tree, as I did. Simply use wire cutters to break off a portion of the tree, and attach it to the main floral pick with wire or twine.
Otherwise, you can fill in any “bald” spots on your swag with 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
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.
A Final Look
Well, what do you think? Do you love the way your Christmas door swag turned out?
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!
More Options for a Christmas Door Swag
- Add Mod Podge and Epsom salt to branches for a frosted look
- Swap white berries for red berries to make a more neutral Christmas swag
- Change out the bow to any color scheme that matches your front porch decor
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Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
- 3-4 Mini 18-inch trees
- Floral pick with berries and greenery
- Floral wire or pipe cleaner
- Optional: mini LED battery-operated lights
- Hot glue gun
- Wire cutters
- Attach mini trees to the sides and back of the main floral pick using floral wire or pipe cleaner.
- Attach optional LED lights using pipe cleaner.
- Using pipe cleaner or twine, create a loop in back for hanging.
- Create a bow or attach pre-made bow to the front of the swag.
If using for outdoors, make sure the ribbon, lights and greenery can withstand your climate.
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