Looking for Natural and rustic Christmas decor? Add some swag to your decorations with this homemade Christmas garland. Follow these instructions and you’ll be amazed how easy it is to make a luscious Christmas garland that will look good both inside and out.
Oj can you believe it is Day 8 already. This series is speeding along like there is no tomorrow, except there is and I am not even ready for it……
But I am ready to show you todays post: my Christmas front door decorations. This year I am particularly proud, because I think it turned out just right.
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If you know me at all, you will know I have this thing for using free and natural materials in my decorating. And this little swagger is just that: big, bold and beautiful, and totally free.
I took advantage of a sunny afternoon the other week and went outside to whip up this baby and he has been hanging proudly by our door ever since.
I did a step by step, but that would become a very long affair in this post, so I made a video with instructions. Just click the player to go there. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to make this Christmas garland.
Of course I didn’t stop with just that beauty of a hanger next to my front door. It wouldn’t be Christmas after all without a welcoming door wreath.
I didn’t want my wreath to take away from my other decoration so I just made sure they coordinated and kept her simple. I hot glued a bag of small bark stars to my ready-bought wreath and hung that baby up.
But back to the main subject at hand. As you can see my swag/ garland got a little extra too. I had some of that bark ribbon left from a previous project. I thought about cutting it in stars too, but that seemed like a lot of work. So instead I cut it in small squares, hot glued them together with some twine in between and made little mini garlands that I attached to my swag here and there and everywhere.
Together with those huge dried hydrangea heads, the large pinecones and the strips of burlap, it all makes for a very natural look.
Just as I like.
So that’s that. My front door is ready for Christmas too. And now tell me, these Christmas front door decorations: how would you native English speakers have called it. I went with swag, but debated garland, thought hanger might be it but still felt I totally might have missed the proper term. Tell me how would you call that “thing” I have hanging next to my front door?
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Michael Wurm, Jr. says
Love the swag Marianne! I’ve always wanted to make some from real pine! You’re tutorial just might give me the encouragement I need … next year. 😉
WOW – love your “swag” … and bettcha you have a swagger, too. Everything is perfect – keep the eye candy coming because everything you’ve posted is fantastic.
That swag looks great Marianne! I need to get going with the Christmas decorating, I’m pretty laden down with other stuff right now, but your projects are making it hard to resist getting out the greens! I agree with the commenters above, everything you’ve made and posted is wonderful and I love to come here for a little eye candy when I need a break.
Donna - Funky Junk Interiors says
Oh… now that’s beautiful and would look fabulous on my fireplace mantel! I’ll take two please! Now?
I agree with Siggie… I like to come here to recharge.
Your ‘swag’ is perfect!
Natural and lush your swag is a real winner! Looks great!
Hi Marianne, well as you can see from all the other comments ‘swag’ it is 🙂 and it is fantastic I love the dried hydrangeas among the greens and cones and burlap bits. And I specially adore your door wreath, of course, STARS!!! Thank you for sharing and yes, I have visited all of the other bloggers of the 12 days of Christmas. Very enjoyable. Blessings and smiles, Emilou 🙂
Beautiful swag….Love the dried hydrangea and burlap!