Re-purposing A Faux Christmas Tree to DiY Clip-on Christmas Swags
I have to say these were the easiest project of all. I used two big branches for each swag. First, I started off with flattening and arranging the needles to have it all on the one side of the branch.
Then I laid the two branches next to each other in a way to make the steel stems pointing at each other, as shown in the picture below.
Next, I grabbed a pine needle from each branch and tied them to each other. I did this in three different places to ensure the branches were tied to each other – one towards to top (but not at the very top), one in the middle of the branches and one at the very bottom.
With that, the main body of the swag was finished. Now it was time to add some embellishments to it. I used two sleigh bell sprays and a bow that I made from a plaid Christmas ribbon I had on hand.
Attaching the sleigh bell sprays was really so easy. I pushed the stem through the swag (right through first point where I tied the two branches), and I bent the stem at the back.
Next, using a piece of wire, I attached the bow, and that was the end of the swag making.
To hang it to our garage lanterns, all I had to do was pull the two stems, place the swag and let the go of the stems (as shown in the picture below.) Pretty easy, right?
Oh by the way…these were the first swags I ever made! Hence they are nothing fancy 😉 But still…not bad for a first-timer, right?
Pretty simple, but “simple” was the best way to go, as I didn’t really know what I was doing. LOL. Now that I have learned the basics, next time I’ll be able to make better decorated swags. On the bright side, hanging them doesn’t even take me a second 😉
Next, I want to show you how I made the faux Alpine Christmas tree. Oh – and the DIY lighting star which I think you’ll love!
Click on ‘Page 3 of 3’ below to continue with the Faux Alpine Christmas Tree tutorial.