During the Christmas season, I like to keep decorating around our house simple. Aside from our tree and a few tchotchkes, most of our decor is winter-themed rather than Christmas per se. I began this a few years ago when it didn’t feel quite right to start pulling Christmas decor out in early November. However, if I waited until later in the month, I’d usually get too busy to fully decorate the house. Then, the new year arrived in no time, and I felt the pressure to get it all down lickety-split!
Perhaps it’s me being a bit lazy to go through all of that work for one month, but I like to think of it as stretching my decorating dollar and having less stuff to store. Decorating for changing seasons rather than specific holidays is so much easier.
When decorating our front porch, I like to take the same approach. Other than freshening up the flowers and foliage when they start looking tired, the look basically stays the same for months. Last week, it quickly changed from fall to full winter mode around here with heavy snow and chilly weather. It was time to switch out the frozen gourds and kale for something a little more wintery.
This swag is one of the easiest holiday projects I’ve tackled to date. Once you gather your materials, it will literally take less than 30 minutes to put two of them together. Just a tad shorter than the woodland wreath I made earlier this season. That project requires much more patience but is still worth it!
You can use real greenery for your swag or faux (or a combination of both). If you use faux, be prepared to spend a bit to get good quality. There’s some real tacky looking stuff out there!
Fortunately, I bought mine just after the Christmas season last year. It’s a great time to stock up on Christmas decorations at a fraction of the price.
I cheated a bit and used faux pine and spruce greenery that already had natural pine/spruce cones attached. (Don’t worry, you can attach your own very easily.)
Once you have the ends gathered together, trim the tops (or bend in if necessary) and wire it together. Attach additional pine/spruce cones using more wire.
To finish it off, wrap the top with jute string and add a bit of ribbon. I love this black and white buffalo check!
I decided to hang the swags on either side of the window on our front porch. I have a few more outdoor decorating ideas that I haven’t quite gotten around to yet. Perhaps it’s the chilly weather that’s holding me back.
These DIY swags are a nice alternative to wreaths. For a different look down the road, I’ll simply switch out the ribbon.
If you think this project is something you’ll tackle down the road, be sure to PIN IT!
Looking for more holiday inspiration?
Today, I’m participating in a hop with some of my creative Canadian blogger friends. Check out their rustic and vintage ideas for the Christmas season!
Santa Cookies from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs
Deer Head String Art from Clean and Scentsible
Vintage Door Advent from The DIY Mommy
Rag Ribbon Christmas Trees from Craftberry Bush
Rustic Christmas Tree from Fynes Designs
Christmas Window Box from Echoes of Laughter
Ribbon Napkin Rings from Suburble
Vintage Table Setting from The Sweetest Digs
Twig Stars and Snowflakes from The DIY Dreamer
Pretty Holiday Gift Wrapping from The Sweetest Escape
Rustic Holiday Wreath from North Story
Wood Block Presents from The Happy Housie
Front Porch Winter Swag from Satori Design for Living (that’s me!)
*A big thank you to May Arts for supplying ribbon for all of our projects!
It’s Friday, and that means…
Holiday Countdown Week 4:
Did you get your tasks completed from week three? I started my Christmas shopping list and even downloaded a few money saving apps on my smartphone.
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Simply click on the image below to get your Week Four homework and free printable (note: it’s a post I put together last year but the tasks are still the same)!
Be sure to let me know how your holiday countdown is going!
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Enjoy your weekend!