Monday, April 30, 2012

DIY Swag Tutorial

"Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from destruction; who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies; Who satisfies your mouth with good things; so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's."
Psalm 103:1-5

What a beautiful passage of scripture!  Oh the beauty of our God and all that He has created.  I enjoy the beauty of flowers, the fresh as well as the artificial ones.  I like to display them through out my home.  I display them in vases, on my mantel, on my walls in pictures or swags.  Flowers add beauty every where both indoors and out.  They are a constant reminder of the beauty of our God who created them.  Flowers can be very expensive, but I have found that making flower arrangements myself helps defer the cost.

Pre-made floral swags cost anywhere from $20.00 to over $100.00.
Making them yourself can save a lot of money. Here is how to make a swag of your own, for a fraction of the cost.

You will need the following items:
     dried eucalyptus
     baby's breath
     assortment of flowers 
     ribbon (you could us raffia if you prefer)
     hot glue gun and glue sticks
     wire cutter
      measuring tape
20- to 24-gauge floral wire

Lay out your eucalyptus on the table and divide it in half.
     



Cut a piece of wire (approximately 18 inches long) for each half, and wrap it around each half securing the eucalyptus stems securely.



Next take the two halves and have the tips facing in opposite directions, overlap them approximately three inches.


 Cut another piece of wire approximately 24" long and wrap it around the two bunches. Overlap until you have it secured together, by twisting the ends of the wire together several times.


In order to form a hanger for your swag, you would cut a piece of heavier wire (I used a coat hanger) 6 " long. 
Bend it into a U-shape. Insert the little U ends into the back of the eucalyptus, bending the tips upward to make it more secure and then use your glue gun to add glue to your hanger tips to secure it further. 










Choose the flowers you desire to use in your swag.  The flowers below are what I chose.  I also added some babies breath. 





Cut the flowers to approximately 16 inches in length. Add the flowers as pictured below, and hot glue them into place or attach them with wire.








Add babies breath and then add a ribbon bow or raffia.
Make a bow as follows here and add it to the middle of your swag.










You have completed your DIY Floral Swag. You can display its beauty in any room in your home, proudly, because you made it yourself at a fraction of the cost. 

Blessings,











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14 comments:

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  2. Hi Jo-Ann
    I enjoyed reading your blog. I haven't made a flower swag in a long time, but you have inspired me to make a new one!
    thanks for sharing,
    Dorothy

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    1. Thsnk you for viewing my blog. Glad I could inspire you to make a flower swag. I enjoy flower and the warmeth they add to our home.

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  3. Thank you for the tutorial and inspiration. I found you on Polly Want a Crafter and I am a new follower. Come by and visit. Have a great week.

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    1. Thank you for reading my blog and for becoming a follower. I really appreciate it. Hope your week goes well...Jo-Ann

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  4. your swag looks great, and this is a wonderful tutorial.
    Will be back to read more, New Follower!
    xoxo
    Heather
    www.HeatherlyLoves.com

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  5. Heather, Thank you for reading my blog and for becoming a follower. I really appreciate it. Hope you will come back soon. Thanks again. Jo-Ann

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  6. OMG Jo-Ann I love homemade swags.. I do mine with sticks from the yard.. mostly for Christmas but I made a spring one this year. When I wrote my post about them I didn't know if people would know what a swag was so I called them straight wreaths lol. You're work is beautiful too btw :)

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    1. Here's my link if you'd like to see three I made this last Christmas.. http://thethriftinessmiss.blogspot.com/2012/03/save-sticks-from-your-yard.html

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  7. I love eucalyptus - it has an amazing fragrance that lasts and lasts. Nice job on the swag!
    Saw you on TT&J

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  8. Thanks so much for showing us how to make this beautiful swag! I saw your post over at "Be Different/Act Normal".

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  9. Looks nice! Thanks for linking up to my link party!

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  10. So beautiful! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

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