Holiday swags are such a great project to make with kids because they allow for total personalization! Your kids will love choosing out the greens, pinecones, berries, ornaments, and ribbon! Making a swag takes only about 15 minutes, and once it’s done you’ll have a beautiful decoration for your front door, or perfect gift to give to Grandma!
Supplies You’ll Need:
- Variety of Christmas greens (preferably purchased locally!) For this swag, we used white pine, cedar, fir, and nandina. The more variety, the prettier! Use whatever you can from your yard or the farmers market. If you know the names of the greens, try to teach them to your kids as you assemble your swag. They’ll love feeling the different textures of prickly (fir) soft (pine) and smooth (cedar).
- Any color of Berries. For this swag we used different colors of winterberry. Bittersweet and holly would also work well.
- Pinecones, bells, or anything dried for decoration. For this swag, we used pinecones foraged from the park. I spray painted pinecones in a variety of colors so the kids could choose out their favorite! Silver and gold look especially nice. You can always go natural too.
- Ornaments. For decorating this swag, I grabbed a box of old Christmas balls out of storage. You probably have some lying around your house too! The kids can then choose which ones they want to include.
- Holiday ribbon for a bow. Anything pretty, shiny, and fun!
Layer greens and berries together into sprayed out bundle, facing away from you. As you layer, try to mix the different varieties together. Once you have your berry and green base made, it’s time to start decorating.
To add the pinecones, tie a piece of green twine (from the hardware store) around the base of the pinecone. Try to tie it a bit inside the pinecone so the string is hidden and secure. Once the pinecones are strung, layer them into your bundle of greens, camouflaging the string under the greens.
To add the ornaments – if they don’t have a string on them already, take a piece of wire and string it through the top of the ornament. Twist wire to secure, and layer ornaments into greenery. If at this point you can still see a bit of the string from the pinecones, or wire from the ornaments, add a few short pieces of greenery at the top of your swag to hide your mechanics.
To bind the entire swag together, I like to use a zip tie. It’s really the easiest and most secure thing to use! The zip tie is also strong enough that it allows you to hang the whole swag from it once you’re done, without needing an additional hook. If you don’t have a zip tie on hand, you can use wire or twine, just make sure it is super tight. Before you pull your zip tie tight, make sure that all the ends of your greenery, berries, pinecones, and ornaments, are lined up so that once you pull the zip tie, you capture every piece. Once you’ve bound everything together, trim the ends of your greenery so that it’s flat, or at least looks cleaned up.
For the final step, let your child choose their favorite ribbon for a bow. Tie the ribbon around the top of the swag, just as you would tie a shoe. If your child knows how, they can even do it! Make a nice big bow, trim the ends of the ribbon, and you’re done! Now you’ll have a beautiful swag for the rest of the Holiday season!
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