I was challenged by Hometalk to create some holiday decorations from the dollar store. I created some fun dollar store decorations for Halloween but this one took some creativity!
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I drilled holes in my baseball bats.
I drilled one pair of holes in the fat end of the bat and one pair at the top of the handle. All of the holes are drilled straight through the bats. Those will be to secure my swag wherever I hang it. I drilled two more pairs of holes in the handle part of the bat as shown. These will be used to secure our arrangement to the bat.
If you have followed along with my projects in the past, you will know what this will be used for! A piece of leftover chicken wire from previous projects and a block of dry floral foam from the dollar store will get together now.It only takes a small piece of the chicken wire to wrap around the block of foam. This will keep it from breaking apart as I stick things into the foam.Secure the chicken wire around the foam with chenille stems as I have shown above. Sort of like lacing up a corset, nice and tight to hold the foam securely.
Next step is to attach the foam to the handle of the baseball bat. I used chenille stems for this also. I like to use them over wire just because they are a little gentler on my hands when I am trying to twist them really tight. Stick a chenille stem through each of the holes in the handles. I will use those to attach the chicken wire wrapped foam to the bat.
Here is an idea how this will look. I will be hanging this from the handle of the bat. The next step is to take an evergreen garland from the dollar store. Mine came in a 15 foot length for $1, but I only used 10 feet of it. I wrapped this around the foam and secured it with greening or floral pins that I already had. Keep wrapping your foam until you have it fairly well covered. I used the tail end of the garland to wrap down around the rest of the bat. Secure it in several spots with hot glue so it will not slide off of the bat. I picked up some rolls of mesh ribbon and used greening pins to attach them to the foam through the greenery. Here is another picture of the mesh and how I attached it. This is rather free form, you have to decide for yourself how big of loops you want and where you want to secure it. This is what my swag is looking like when held up vertically. I then took my red mesh and gathered it in a couple of places and hot glued it in those spots to the bat. Next I added my Christmas ornaments. I used one large red ornament to the top of the swag where the foam is. I added a medium size gold and tiny red ornament next to the large ones. I used an ample amount of hot glue to make sure these stayed in place. I repeated the look with gold and red ornaments at each of the spots where I had glued the mesh ribbon to the bat. Just like that, I have a lovely swag. The total for this swag was just $5! A pair of these would be pretty displayed on double doors. I have one single door, so I will make these to hang on my railings of my porches. this tutorial can be used with all kinds of decorations from your local dollar store. This is a second swag I made using the same technique but opted for a snowflake theme for this one. Instead of the red mesh, I used red ribbon with snowflakes on it, silver and white faux poinsettias and snowflake ornaments. All of the items to assemble this one also came from the dollar store. The grand total for this one was $9! Use your imagination and add the things you like to your swags!