Do you have your Christmas decorating down to a science? Do you keep the same theme or style from year to year or do you like to change it up each year? Me… I like to keep things the same. Reds, golds and the green of the tree.
This year I have been trying my hand at decorating with fresh greenery and I am sharing how I made some very simple hanging swags for the garage lights outside our garage. The process is really simple and only slightly sappy.
You will need:
Wire coat hangers
Fresh greenery. My father in law cut me some from the farm. I used some red pine, cedar and white pine.
The first step is to stretch the wire hangers lengthwise to act as a base and hook for the swag. The image below shows a regular hanger and one stretched hanger.
Bundle your branches. I used the thicker red pine as the first layer of greenery, cedar in the middle and the lighter, wispier white pine in the front. Size up your bundle so it’s approximately the same size as your hanger.
Secure the bundle at the base by twisting some floral wire around the stems. Nothing fancy or pretty, just secure it nice and tight.
Secure the bundle to the hanger with some more floral wire. Fasten the branches down the hanger to help spread them out.
Hang hanger side to the back from what ever you want to dress up for the holidays. Now go scrub the sticky sap off your hands.
You can add outdoor/indoor ribbon or some red berries to dress up the swag. This year I decided to go au-natural and leave them as is. I think the look great against the red and pinks in the brick of our house.
When the season is over, take down the hangers, remove the greenery, snip off any floral wire and toss the branches into your leaf/yard waste for pick up. Don’t forget to save the hangers for next year!
I have also been working on decorating the mantle with fresh greenery as well. I will be sharing that really soon!
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