Make this easy winter swag wreath to hang on your front porch well into the new year. A lovely way to extend the life of your outdoor Christmas decorations.
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. With the new year arriving so quickly, I always felt the pressure to get it down lickety-split!
Perhaps it’s pure laziness to avoid going through all 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!
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DIY Winter Swag Wreath
- real or faux greenery
- pine or spruce cones
- wire (I used 26 gauge craft wire)
- jute string
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 them 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. Don’t you just love the look of black and white buffalo check?!
Winter Front Porch Decor
I decided to hang the swags on either side of the window of our front porch using small nails and loop of jute.
These DIY swags are a nice alternative to round wreaths. For a different look down the road, I’ll simply switch out the ribbon.
For now, I think they go well with the rustic log and black lanterns I have sitting by the front door. I also put out the log candle holders I made, as well as an old crock.
Have any of your own winter front porch decorating ideas? Think about what you can find in nature and go from there!
If you think this outdoor winter project is something you’ll tackle down the road, be sure to PIN IT!
Rather buy than DIY? Here are some nice winter swag options to decorate your home.
More Rustic Christmas Ideas
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
Ribbon Napkin Rings from Suburble
Vintage Table Setting from The Sweetest Digs
Twig Stars and Snowflakes from The DIY Dreamer
Wood Block Presents from The Happy Housie
Front Porch Winter Swag from Satori Design for Living
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Enjoy your weekend!
Oh Shauna! The swags are absolutely beautiful!! I will show them to my Mom, I’m sure she’s going to want to make some to decorate their barn-wood garage. Pinned!
These are a great idea! I love how you have multiples hung on your windows! So pretty! I love the idea of decorating for winter – I’m doing that a bit right now too, and I love this neutral decor in January too.
Virginia Fynes says
These look amazing Shauna! I really want to put decorations on my windows this Christmas, I think something neutral like this would be perfect! Love them
I love decorating with simple greenery – it’s naturally so pretty. I love your design touches and that ribbon is the perfect rustic yet modern touch.
Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com says
I want to try these swags for our windows… Love the simplicity of them! I try to keep our decor wintery too so I can leave it up longer :) These are so pretty!
Christina @The DIY Mommy says
These are so gorgeous. I love the simplicity! I think I need to make some for my Christmas decor this year – they’d look beautiful on doors or even kitchen cabinets. Thanks for sharing, Shauna!
These look lovely Shauna! I like the idea of decorating more for winter too. I leave many of my “christmas” decorations up until February. :)
Shelley @ Calypso in the Country says
The swags are so pretty and I love the black and white! Enjoy your weekend!
Rebecca Boyce says
Hi Shauna, I love your winter swag. I’m so into gingham check fabric right now and love the combination with the evergreens. But most importantly, I love that the look can stay with in place for many months! Thanks for the inspiration!!
Shauna Oberg says
Great for longevity, right? Thanks for stopping by!
Thanks for showing how to make this swag along with the supplies needed. I espcially love the ribbon! You are not the first blooger who has said don’t go cheap on the greenery. If only I had an evergreen in my yard. We have a long front porch with 2 windows and 2 front doors. Visiting from Inspiration Gallery. Have a happy Thanksgiving. Linda
Shauna Oberg says
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!
Krista @ the happy housie says
There is something so beautiful in the simplicity of a seasonal swag like this- and I love your philosophy about decorating for the season rather then a specific holiday. I need to take that approach (otherwise I just end up with a Halloween wreath that is still hanging well into November, lol). Fun to be on this hop with you- sorry it took me so long to get over here! (Crazy couple of weeks:)
Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods says
As much as I love wreaths, I have never made a swag. Your swag is lovely!
Thanks so much for the inspiration!