The holidays are the perfect time to add bits of nature to your decor with a Christmas Swag Wreath. Making natural Christmas wreaths is a project you’ll want to make a Christmas tradition.
Making a swag is an easy wreath to learn when starting out, plus you can use a regular metal coathanger for the form, so you can get started right away!
Watch this video to see How To Make a Christmas Swag Wreath
DIY Christmas Swag Wreath
To start your Christmas swag wreath, you will need to gather a few supplies:
- Coat hanger (the wreath ring is for making a natural round wreath)
- Balsam Fir, Pine, Cedar, holly clippings (pictured in that order)
- Garden pruners
- Floral wire
- Wire snippers
- Decorations/ floral picks
- Floral sticks (cut skewers work too)
How to Make assemble the Swag
- Push the sides of the coat hanger to the centre, stretching it into a long line. Using a pair of pliers, bend the hook of the hanger into a loop for easy hanging.
- Start with a long sturdy fir branch that is approximately 18″ long, for the swag base.
- Layer the bottom branch with two additional sturdy pieces approximately 16″ long.
- Make a similar arrangement of three branches, with the ends pointing in the opposite direction measuring approximately 10- 12″ long.
- Twist the end of the floral wire around the coat hanger to secure.
6. Layer the six fir branches together on top of the coat hanger. Twist the wire around the entire bunch of greenery multiple times, securing it to the hanger.
7. Add in additional layers of cedar/ pine/ holly in the same manner as you desire. Secure with a wrap of wire with each additional layer.
8. Embellish with ribbon, bells, pinecones, and small ornaments.
How to attach ornaments and picks
You can use toothpicks or skewers wrapped with a small piece of wire. This will allow you to poke the decorations right into the greenery. To be sure they will stay put, be sure the stick is into the center of the swag. Heavier items (like bells) can be wired right to the middle.
I love using bold wired ribbon, this red really makes the Christmas swag pop!
For easy hanging, use the loop from the top of the metal coat hanger!
Below are a few ideas on how to decorate a swag
I love how easy it is to make a Christmas swag wreath. It’s one of my favourite Christmas decorations, relatively easy to make and very affordable.
Give this Christmas swag wreath a try and be sure to stop by the Fynes Designs Facebook page to share your creation!
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Have you made a swag wreath before? Let me know in a comment below!
Katie Goldsworthy says
This is beautiful!! Pinning to the Monday Funday board!
Love your swag and you make it look so easy. Thanks so much for showing us how to make our own.
Elizabeth Hauswirth says
Funny, I thought I could smell this while I was watching the tutorial! Very pretty! and it’s getting me in the Christmas mood!
Lois Mecord says
I have so wanted to make one like this. It looks like fun. I am now excited to have this step by step. Thanks
I hope you make one, please share a photo on my FB page when you’re done, I would love to see it!
Christina @ The DIY Mommy says
These are just gorgeous, Virginia! I definitely want to try some natural swags and wreaths this year. Thanks for sharing!
Sally at miydiy says
Lynda Jo says
Love this idea. I have several large Box Woods, can I use them?
Oh my goodness yes! I so wish I had had boxwood plants. I have two tiny guys I can’t wait until they get bigger! I would LOVE to see it if you make them… I’m a little jealous!
Shelly Smith says
Can you help with a little direction on the bow and how you start it and secure it? I love these and want to make one for you my door but need help with the bow.
The ribbon is very easy to do (I just forgot to take photos along the way) You use one continuous stand of ribbon. Make a loop and twist a piece of wire around, use the wire to attach it to the brush (like a twist tie) make another loop (repeat the process)nestle the connecting piece underneath a piece of brush. I hope you can follow that!
These are so beautiful, I will definitely be doing this with the grandkids this year! Will the holly stay green for several weeks? Thanks again for the instructions.
You’re most welcome! Thanks for swinging by!
I just made a swag following your instructions – you made it so easy.
Thank you very much. ^^
WOW! I’ve always admired these swags and wreaths but been scared of having a go at making them. Now I can’t wait to go out and pick some greenery! Thanks SO much for sharing your knowledge, and being so inspirational.
Judi in the UK
Go get em girl! So happy you found the tutorial, I’d love to see what you make! Happy Holidays
Very Pretty! Great tutorial!
Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden says
I love your wreath. A friend recently gave me some pine cones and this is just what I need to make! thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty
Thanks for the tute. Very well done. Pinned to my Christmas board. Hope you are enjoying the Fall season. Linda @Crafts a la mode
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Those are beautiful!! Never knew they could be so easy to make. Might have to try this, this year!! #HomeMattersParty
These are beautiful! I really want to get wreaths for my windows this Christmas, and I think I should add a swag now, too! I’ll be following for more ideas. I’d love for you to check out my free Christmas Card List template on my blog and linked through The Creative Exchange Link Party. Thanks!
I love the departure from what has become the standard wreath shape. Congratulations on your feature on the #HomeMattersParty
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mandy cat says
Definitely on my to-make list for Christmas 2016. But here in Florida, it will have to be artificial greenery. Real evergreens would have survived about a day in our 2015 holiday heatwave. I put out luminaries Christmas Eve wearing shorts and a tee shirt!
I think it would still look great! I’d love to see it
kim Epstein says
Thanks for the step by step. Just beautiful! I’ll definitely do this!