Fresh Greenery Swags
A bunch of fresh fresh greenery held together with a
rubber band or some floral wire, a red bow and some pinecones hot glued or wired
to the stems makes a simple and elegant Christmas statement.
1. Cut several branches, staggering the lengths, especially if you have a variety of greens.
2. Rubber band the stems together with thick rubber bands. Using lightweight
floral wire, make a hanging loop.
3. Add ribbons, bells, pinecones etc. using floral wire
or hot glue.
Running Swag or Arch
Add the fragrant perfume of Christmas greens to a
hallway or room by running a fresh swag made from pine boughs or redwood
branches around a doorway.
1. Cut several 18"-20" evenly shaped branches
or boughs of greenery. Wire them together.
2. Loosely wrap them with shiny ribbon.
3. Screw in cup hooks at the top corners of the
4. Make hanging loops for the swag using floral
5. Put berry garlands around the ribbon.
Swags can be hung on a wall, placed on a mantle, draped over a headboard or
used to decorate a table. A swag is a shorter, more compact version of a
The mantel is a natural place for candles and greenery. Mix fresh, silks
and dried floral material together and add some candles and you have a recipe for a fragrant,
long lasting fireplace swag.
You will need a 4" wide strip of wood that reaches the length of
your fireplace mantle. Hot glue floral foam along the length of the wood.
Secure candles by using candle
cups Or you can make your own by gluing two foam
prongs together, base to base, insert
one set into the foam and the other into the candle. Use different size candles
for a more dramatic look..
3. Run two pieces of ivy
garland down the front of
the foam. Allow them to droop over the ends.
4. Build up the center of the swag with
more evergreen branches. Extend the branches to
either end. Fill in the sparse areas with greenery picks of variegated ivy.
Which you can make easily by taking wired wood picks and attaching pieces of the ivy garland.
Group several different botanicals such as gold curly pods
and a few pine cones around the center candles. Attach
pine cones and botanicals to the arrangement by using green wired wood
smaller groups out each side.
Cut the stems of your silk flowers to 7" long. Use a large size white bloom
Silk gardenias, mums
and place the flowers throughout
7. To finish the arrangement put a few drops of a pine or evergreen
fragrance oil on the
silk flowers so you have the fragrant perfume of Christmas.
You can make this
floral foam form using wood, cardboard etc.
block of foam lengthwise into quarters and hot glue three pieces, end to
end, to a 2" wide, 27" long strip of wood, foam core or cardboard.
Save the remaining piece of foam for another project.
Make a hook out of floral wire and hot glue it to the backing material.
3. Glue a 2" wide strip of ribbon down the back of the base to cover
Make a simple 4" wide bow with 6" to 8" tails, and hot glue it to
the top of the swag.
Fill the foam using greenery picks or 6" pieces of foliage from
sprays or garlands. Add flowers,
pine cones, pods and seed heads throughout the
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