The term "swag" can refer to a an ornamental festoon of flowers, fruit and greenery or a curtain or piece or fabric fastened above a window and hanging in a curved fashion. As a decorative element, swags draw attention to windows, doorways, fireplace mantels, shelves, walls, stairways or any location where they can be securely fastened. To construct a swag, choose from a variety of materials, including fabric, beads, twigs, dried flowers, holiday ornaments or other decorative elements.
Curtain swags often serve as a decorative alternative to full-size window curtains or drapes. Usually attached to a curtain rod placed at the top of a window, a swag can be fashioned out of a variety of fabrics, from heavy, light-blocking material to lightweight, sheer cloths. Ideas for curtain swags include the overlapping swag, where the center swag is entirely visible and overlaps the edges of the swags on both sides of it. Another popular choice is the side-by-side swag, which consists of individual swags joined at the top by jabots or rosettes.
An alternative to traditional round wreaths, flower or fruit swags can be used to decorate entryways, fireplaces, doors, walls or windows. To make a swag of fresh flowers, choose flowers such as daisies, sunflowers, hydrangeas, lilacs or any flowers that are in season. Create a fragrant swag of fresh fruit using bright-red apples, vibrant lemons and limes, richly colored cranberries or golden pears. For a swag that will last longer than a few days or weeks, combine dried flowers with other natural elements such as twigs, ornamental grasses or small bird nests.
Swag ideas for the holidays range from natural to glittery. Holiday swags make a beautiful display on fireplaces, along staircases, above doors and windows, and even on the back of dining room chairs. A favorite holiday swag idea features the traditional combination of pine cones and evergreen branches. For a swag with holiday sparkle, loop shiny glass beads around bare branches of various sizes and add a cluster of ornaments in the center. To create a fragrant swag, tie fresh cinnamon sticks to branches painted white and secure the swag with a wide satin ribbon.
Additional Swag Ideas
Swags can be used as decorative elements at special events such as weddings, anniversary celebrations, sweet 16 parties, baby showers and graduations.You can create a swag from a variety of materials, including tulle, herbs, ornamental lights, bows, leaves, lace, wildflowers, pussy willow branches and berries. Secure a swag in a location by using wide satin ribbon for a more formal look or raffia, yarn or twine for a more casual style.
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