If you don’t have space for a tree in your house – and trust me, I’ve been there – then making a festive swag is a great alternative. It will bring the seasonal scent of fir into the home and require minimal investment but offer instant Christmas spirit. If you don’t have anywhere nearby to forage, branches can be sourced locally and cheaply from florists or tree sellers. You can decorate the swag with whatever you have to hand – ribbons are particularly effective. I didn’t do step by step pictures (I was losing light, same old story at this time of year) but I’ll post a video on my Instagram to accompany this post. To make the swag, you will need:
Two medium-sized fir branches
Florist’s wire or string
Long piece of ribbon
Several smaller pieces of ribbon, to decorate (mine are from The Natural Dyeworks).
Bells or other decoration – whatever you have to hand.
Lay one branch slightly on top of the other to create fulness in your swag. Play around until the branches overlap and provide depth. Secure in place with a small piece of wire at both ends.Attach the long piece of ribbon at either end with a knot. Hold it up and see where the weight falls, arranging your knot so that the centre of gravity is even. Decorate your branch with ribbon offcuts, you could thread them through a small bell or bauble, or even gathered pinecones or collected vintage baubles. Arrange in odd numbers for the best effect. Hang on a hook or something on the wall and admire your handiwork.
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