Learn how to make a fall swag for your front door with fresh and dried flowers and a tobacco basket. It's easy to create and makes a nice statement for all to see.
Simple wildflowers, seed heads, and dried flowers come together to create a beautiful front door fall swag. Something a little different from your usual fall wreath.
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How to Make a Fall Swag
- Fresh, dried, and/or artificial silk flowers and foliage in fall colors
- Floral wire on a paddle
- A tobacco basket or other rectangular frame for a simple swag base
- Scissors or garden pruners
I cut some wild sunflowers and Queen Anne's lace growing nearby. In addition I added some seed pods from my Penstemon 'Husker's Red.'
Dried grasses in a mustard yellow and pretty orange were added to the mix, along with some curly willow that I had at home.
Set the tobacco wreath on the table. Then start layering the flowers, off-setting each group a little lower than the next.
Use a paddle of floral wire to wrap around all of the stems to tightly gather and hold the top of the swag together.
Then tie it to the top of the tobacco basket.
Trim all of the stems to the same length and add a bow with some raffia or other ribbon to cover the floral wire and add a little extra character.
Then hang your fall door swag on the front door for all your guests to see.
Here's what the swag looks like after a week. You can see that the fresh plant material has dried and decreased in size. I quite like the look. However, if you don't then just stick with dried flowers and greenery or go with artificial materials.
How to Make a Fall Swag
- Scissors or pruners
- Fresh and dried flowers and other botanicals in fall colors
- Small tobacco basket for the swag frame
- Floral wire
- Raffia or ribbon
- Layout your plant material starting with a long sturdy group.
- Then start laying groups on top of the first group an inch or two below each layer.
- Continue staggering the plant material in groups making sure that there is enough stem that you can gather them all at the top.
- Gather all the stems at the top and secure them together by wrapping floral wire around all the stems several times.
- Then use more wire to attach the swag to the tobacco basket.
- Trim the ends so that they are all even.
- Add some raffia or other ribbon as a bow to cover the floral wire.
- Hang on your front door or anywhere in the house.