These are some swags I made for our porch where we keep our firewood. For each swag I took two branches from our old artificial Christmas tree. I laid them on top of each other, with one slightly higher. To hold them together I tore a piece of duct tape in half widthwise so it was narrow and then taped them together. I then hot glued on the pinecones which I got from my neighbor. For the bows I used an old jumper dress that I cut strips out of. I also painted the tips of the pinecones with a little bit of white paint after they were all assembled.
I think they're a little Martha Stewartish and even better because they were completely free to make:) My local thrift store sells the trees for $6. So maybe if you don't have a tree to work with you can pick one up for cheap.
By Mom 2_5 from IL
These are gorgeous, so beautiful and elegant! And I love your thriftiness the way you made them! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!
LOVE THEM!! You are very creative! Impressive. RATS!! Just gave my ole "Charlie Brown" tree away. There are old trees EVERYWHERE in the thrift shops. Will have to pick one up! Thanks for the great photo and instructions. Mitzi
Sooo cute!! I love 'em!
You put Martha Stewart to shame. I don't think she would have ever bought a thrift store tree and used what she had on hand like you did.
You did a great job, keep up the good work.
I love your swag and the thriftiness of making ..saludo
Instead of trashing those broken Christmas decorations, try to create something useful and meaningful. The leaves were a total waste because of being dirty and very old. Some of the Christmas balls were broken and not good for hanging.
What do you do with the milk and soda caps nobody wants? I believe I pretty much covered before their use as game pieces. How about Holiday Decorations or just small vessels that can be used to decorate holiday decorations?
The "wreath" is a captured quilled wreath. The two little bulbs are recycled burned out bulbs with glitter (tape/glitter) and the round recycled light bulb is quilled tight coils! Fun and easy peasy!
My friend made me two Christmas ornaments from shoulder pads, she had removed from her clothing. Really cute.