Simple Directions for a Free and Easy DIY Christmas Swag

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Simple Directions for a Free and Easy DIY Christmas Swag

I was at my local wholesale club the other day with my husband when we spotted a bunch of Christmas swags for $16.95, and he immediately turned to me and said, “Hey, let’s get one. We don’t have anything on our front door yet.”

“Wait. What? You want to spend $16.95 for a bunch of dead tree branches and a little bit of ribbon? Are you freakin’ nuts? I can make that. For free! Silly husband.”

supplies needed to make a Christmas Swag

Things You’ll Need

  • Gloves (optional)
  • Pine, cedar, laurel and/or holly branches
  • Pruning shears
  • 22-gauge floral wire
  • Pine cone(s)
  • Ribbon

cutting holly sprigs

Trim your branches to the desired length (I like mine between 18 and 36 inches).

floral wire

Grab your handy, dandy floral wire…

how to make a christmas swag from pine branches

and wrap it around the top portion of three to four branches, securing them snugly.

collecting pine cones

Snag a big fat pine cone off a tree (or pay big bucks for one at the craft store), and wrap a little wire around the center of the pine cone. Attach it toward the top of the Christmas swag.

tying red ribbon on a christmas swag

Next, get your Martha (Stewart) on, and tie a ribbon around the floral wire that’s holding the swag together.

Simple Directions for a Free and Easy DIY Christmas Swag

Then stand there all smug and holler to your husband to come outside and admire the Christmas swag you just made for free.

Christmas greenery doesn’t have to cost you a penny!

Have yourself a merry little Christmas,

~Mavis

All photos courtesy of Mavis Butterfield

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