Bring the rustic beauty of nature to your home by making a garland, wreath or swag. I was inspired to write about this DIY project by my dear friend Heather who created a lovely swag for our host at our annual Friendsgiving celebration. It’s a fun and creative craft to make,and just as sweet to give. Garlands traditionally are hung this time of year especially for festive occasions as they add color and cheer to dark winter days and nights.
To make swags and garlands, gather together branches from grape vines, birch, evergreens or similar bendable stems and secure in the middle or fashion into a circle shape, securing with florists wire. Create the desired length and size you want. If you want a longer piece, twist and braid the branches into each other so they are secure and all the loose ends are tucked in. If you don’t have the materials for the base you can purchase at a craft store and then add to that. I once created a swag that reached across the entire length of our living room that we secured above a series of windows and it was at this time of year we would tuck our holiday cards in between the branches.
Nestle and tuck various flora and fauna and various whimsical items in between the branches. Include things like colorful liquid amber and other colorful fall leaves, flowers, berries, ornaments, bells, ribbons, dried fruits like pomegranates or persimmons, and evergreen branches. String up with fairy lights for added effect.
Hang on your garden gate, front door, or over your fireplace. Enjoy