|Inspiration photo from Better Homes and Gardens|
After that short little field trip, I returned home to finish my first project, a greenery bunch to attach to my banister. I just arranged some clippings of the evergreen branches and bound them together using 26 gauge green floral wire (It is just what I had on hand, but I think any floral wire that is easy to wrap around your greenery and cut should work). I then arranged a smaller bunch and attached those sticking out in the other direction so that there would be some greens on the bottom. I used a small bunch of bare sticks as a backbone, but I think that is optional. I just liked the way it looked in the inspiration photo. I clipped apart some floral sprays that I bought at Michael's so that I could arrange them on top of the greens and attached those with more floral wire. I then tied a ribbon around it and tied it in a bow. The bow was not cute. I even watched a Martha Stewart Tutorial on "How to tie a bow" (for real). That helped, but it was still not a great bow. But luckily, I hot glued some glittered pine cones and mini Christmas balls in the center to finish it off (and hide my pathetic bow). I ended up being really happy with how it turned out.
|I wrapped the post to protect it before hanging the swag|
1 bunch of branches (from Michael's - if you live somewhere with trees you can just go cut some down)
6-8 leftover Christmas tree branches
2 glittered mini-pine cone sprays (cut apart)
2 golden berry spray (cut apart)
mini Christmas balls ( I only used 4)
3 medium pine cone sprays
26 gauge green floral wire
Green rope (mine was wired, but I don't think that is necessary)
wire cutters/garden shears
Hot glue gun
1 strand of clear Christmas lights
Everything I either had on hand or picked up at craft stores. I'm so happy with how these projects turned out! Although making something like this can seem daunting, it actually was fairly simple and and fun. Once you have all the supplies they don't even take that long. Happy holiday crafting!