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A quick and easy DIY rustic Christmas swag you can make in under thirty minutes – perfect for last minute Christmas decorating!
Hello, beautiful humans! I hope you’re all making good progress with your Christmas to-do list (unlike me, Queen Disorganised, who has once again left present shopping until the last minute).
As Christmas is now only fourteen days away (yikes), I thought I’d share a fun little last minute Christmas decor project: A DIY rustic Christmas swag!
(Am I the only one who didn’t know what these things were called? Before I sat down to write this post, I was googling ridiculous terms like “pretty Christmas thing you put on the door” and “hanging thing that’s like a wreath except not”. I eventually figured out that they were called Christmas swags. Google must think I’m an idiot.)
Like these 15 minute DIY Christmas jars, this DIY Christmas swag is great for last minute Christmas decorating because:
- It’s really quick to make. Once you have your greenery, you can make it in under thirty minutes.
- It’s cheap to make: All you need is some fresh greenery, a bit of rope (even scrap will do), some burlap, and some paddle wire.
- It doesn’t look like something hacked together at the last minute (unlike many of my previous last minute Christmas fails – uh, I mean, decorations).
As an additional plus, if you hang your Christmas swag inside, it’ll make your house smell absolutely beautiful. Mmm, fresh conifer branches.
So, let’s get crafting!
How to make your own DIY rustic Christmas swag
To make your DIY Christmas swag, you will need.
- Assorted fresh greenery.
- I used a mixture of conifer branches, wattle leaves, and eucalyptus leaves because that’s what I could find. You can use whatever you like – go foraging! For best results, try to pick branches with different shapes and colours.
- A piece of rope.
- I used some sisal rope, like this, simply because that’s what I had in my shed. Figure out how long you want your swag to be, then add roughly 15 inches. The additional length will allow you to tie a loop in your rope so you can easily hang your Christmas swag on a hook.
- Paddle wire
- A strip of burlap.
- You can buy burlap for next to nothing in the garden section of most home improvement stores. Alternatively, you can get pre-made burlap ribbon (with no fray edges!) here.
- Scissors and a piece of twine.
- Christmas ornaments (optional).
- I used simple air-dry ornaments I had originally made for my Christmas tree but never used. You can raid your existing Christmas ornaments or get pre-made stars here.
To begin, quickly sort your greenery into roughly equal bunches, making sure that each bunch has a variety of different greenery in it.
Grab your rope and paddle wire. At the bottom of the rope, loop the paddle wire around the rope, then tie a knot so that your paddle wire is firmly attached to the rope. Do not cut your paddle wire. As with the DIY oversize Christmas wreath and the Australian native wreath, it’s easiest to just work with one continuous piece of paddle wire.
Hold one of your bunches of greenery on top of the rope, then loop the paddle wire around the stems and rope a few times so that your greenery is firmly attached to the rope.
Grab another bunch of greenery. Lay it so that it overlaps the first bunch a little bit. As you did with the first bunch, loop the paddle wire around the stems of the second bunch several times.
Repeat until you’ve covered nearly all of your rope, leaving about 15″ of your rope visible at the top.
The next step is to create a little loop in your rope so you can easily hang your DIY Christmas swag. As I don’t have three hands, I could not photograph this step. Instead, I’ve drawn an incredibly sub-par diagram to explain how to do this.
The basic idea is that you create a little loop then use your paddle wire to tie the loop in place.
Once you’ve created the loop in your rope, set your swag aside for a moment. Grab your burlap ribbon and fold it over like so:
Then, using a little bit of twine (thick string or yarn will also work), tie the burlap in the middle, like this:
Next, use the remaining twine to tie the bow to the top of the swag. Position it so that it hides the ugly paddle wire that keeps your loop in place.
As a final, optional step, you can hang some Christmas ornaments from the top of the swag. I used some little stars I made from air-dry clay a few months ago. You can either raid your Christmas ornaments or buy pre-made stars similar to mine here.
And with that final step, your DIY rustic Christmas swag is complete. Hang it on your door or entryway for a simple and sweet holiday decoration!
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