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How to Make Christmas Swag

Christmas swag is much like a wreath, however, it hangs like a teardrop. These can be hung on your door or anywhere in your home during the holiday months.

The wreath is a tradition that has been around for a long time. The wreath technically symbolizes Christ because it has no beginning or end.

They were traditionally created with four candles. As the years passed, the wreath became the swag, which is a more decorated version. If you want to go all out, you can opt for a mailbox Christmas swag. These add a warm and festive atmosphere to the exterior of your home.

If you want to make your own Christmas swag, there are tons of Instructables that you can follow some easy and some harder than the others. Here the tutorial for a swag that is sure to bring some cheer to those who knock on your front door:

What You’ll Need

  • Coat hanger
  • Balsam Fir, Cedar, holly clippings
  • Garden prunes
  • Floral wire
  • Wire Snips
  • Decorations of your choosing
  • Floral sticks or skewers
  • Ribbon


The first thing you’ll want to do is push the sides of the hanger to the center. Stretch it in a long line. With a pair of pliers, bend the hook into a loop for hanging.

Next, take a sturdy 18” piece of fir branch for the base.

Layer the bottom branch with two more sturdy pieces that are 16” long.

Make an arrangement out of the three branches so that there are branches at both the top and the bottom. Then you can twist the floral wire around the hanger to secure the branches.

You can then add additional layers of pine, cedar, and/or holly in the same way as the first layer. Secure each layer with wire.

You can then embellish it with ribbons, pinecones, small ornaments, and bells if you want to add some flair to it.

How To Make A Mailbox Swag

Mailbox swags are actually very easy to make. Here are the instructions:

What You’ll Need

  • Floral foam
  • Floral wire
  • Ribbon
  • Evergreen cuttings
  • Magnolia branches
  • Pine tree branches
  • Holly branches
  • Pine cones
  • Skewers or floral


Strap the foam block to the mailbox and tightly secure it.

On each side, insert equal length branches at the bottom and work your way up. Put long pieces on the bottom and short pieces on the top.

Attach your pine cones or any ornament you want that are best for outdoor use to the skewers and insert it into the foam.

Tie a pretty bow to a pick or tie it to the block.

How to Make A Fireplace Swag

Spruce up your fireplace with a fireplace swag for the holiday season. Check out this easy DIY:

What You Need

  • 20ft white pine fresh garland
  • Mantle clips
  • Pine tips
  • Fresh greens
  • Cedar Boughs
  • Fraser fir boughs
  • Mini swags
  • Floral wire
  • Warm white Christmas lights
  • Ornaments
  • Bow


Start with a 20-foot piece of white pine and drape them through evenly space mantle clips twice.

String the warm white Christmas lights throughout the whole piece.

Next, add the extra branches to the garland to beef it up by tying them together with floral wire.

You can then use a variety of Christmas ornaments to make the swag look more decorative.

To finish it off, tie a bow in the center of it.