Swagged Up: A Quickie Door Swag

December 13, 2011
{Can you tell I have too many basketballers in my life at the moment? It’s the only excuse I have for a post title with such ‘hood edge…Oh, and they tell me the NBA is back on Christmas Day, just what I was hoping for!}

Since I left my snazzy mussel shell wreath back in Maine, I decided our door here in Dublin needed something cheery as well.

Since our door isn’t such a fabulous bright color, I decided to make a quick swag from extra boughs my mother-in-law had left over.

With jingle bells that jingle whenever you open or close the door. It’s the loveliest sound!

Twenty minutes of snipping and decorating later, I ended up with this festive swag for our front door.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

evergreen boughs
florist’s wire
jingle bells
pine cones or other small decorations
ribbon for a big bow!

First, cut the boughs into the size you’ll want for your door. I cut mine in varying lengths from 18 to 24 inches.

Arrange the boughs so that the longest one is in the center at the bottom, and then layer on the shorter ones so that they splay out from the top.

Tie the boughs together tightly with the florist’s twine.

Loop the jingle bells together with twine, then wrap the hanging bells with a piece of florist’s wire at the top.

Decorate the swag with pine cones or any other little decorations, tie a big old bow on the top, and hang it up!


  • Reply Brandi {not your average ordinary} December 17, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Emily, you did an absolutely phenomenal job with this! I love it. It’s simple and seasonal and natural — and I’m sure it smells lovely too.

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