December 10, 2011

Fresh Decorated Greenery Swag

I was struggling with what to do for my Christmas wreath this year, and then one day I came home to a fresh greenery swag from my mom! I decided this would be a perfect time to ditch the wreath idea, and use the swag for a door decoration instead. I just added some embellishments, and here is my fresh decorated greenery swag:

I’m really loving it!  It’s a welcome change from the traditional wreath.  My mom bought it for a little more than $5 from a local farm like this:

I strung up some Dollar Store ornaments (leftover from the centerpieces) on some jute:

and then I tied the jute around the greenery towards the top.  I then made a simple bow out of burlap because I. LOVE. BURLAP. and I use it any chance I can get 🙂  Then I made a doily ornament for the middle (tutorial here!):

I just love how it looks when you come in the door now! 🙂

Since my mom gifted me with the swag, she asked if I could make hers pretty too!  She wanted a red ribbon in hers, so this is what I came up with for her door (hers is hanging inside the house):

Have you ever used fresh greenery in place of a wreath?

Linking to:

Shabby Nest,  Under the Table and DreamingToday’s Creative BlogFinding FabulousThe DIY Show-OffBe Different Act NormalTatertots and JelloShabby Chic CottageStories of A-ZHouse of HepworthsCRAFT,  House of Grace,  Creations by KaraLolly JaneSomewhat SimpleMaking the world CuterYoung and CraftyMy Backyard EdenDittle DattleA Glimpse InsideAt Home with KBeyond the Picket FenceSumo’s Sweet StuffSomeday CraftsMy Girlish WhimsThe 36th AvenueSerenity Now

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  1. Hello, I am a new follower. This is such a great idea. I like that it’s different from the usual wreath. I would love if you linked to my linky party at

  2. Beautiful!!! I thought about making something similar but couldn’t figure out how to do it. Thanks for the inspiration and directions! I am a new follower! I LOVE your gray door by the way.

  3. Your swag is beautiful! I love using fresh greenery to add touches of Christmas around the house, it’s automatically festive….and usually free! I’d love to have you add this to the Head to Head Showdown party, going on right now at ~Jen

  4. Hi! I stumbled upon your post from Centsational Girl’s link party! I love this! I am also wanting to create my own real swag for my front door! I also love your doily ornament and I can’t wait to see the tutorial for it!

    I would love it if you came and checked out my blog at, thanks!

  5. So pretty! I love how you embellished it!

  6. This is so beautiful. I love fresh greenery for holiday decor!

  7. I love fresh greenery at Christmas time. Your swag is just right.

  8. Beautiful!! I use to do this too – I don’t know why I ever stopped!! LOVE the look! Thanks for sharing over at Centsational Girl and Home Stories A2Z! Merry Christmas!

    😀 Lynda

  9. Your swag looks great. I’ve never thought about this instead of a wreath before. Well done!

  10. This is so pretty! Love this as an alternative to the classic wreath.

  11. So pretty…great alternative to a wreath! I’d love for you to share it here:

  12. Love this! So pretty.

    stopping by from TT&J

  13. So adorable! I used fresh greenery for my door as well! Love it!
    PS Please come share on Wednesday at my Linky Party! I’m giving away $5 Starbucks cards! 🙂 whoo hoo!

  14. Hi Christina!
    I love this swag greenery action! The ornaments are just the right touch! I featured your swag on this week’s Terrific Under Ten Tuesday!


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