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Begin with a block of styrofoam that is about 2″ x 4″ x 11″. This will be the base for your swag.
The first step to making your swag is to give yourself a hanger to hang it from the door where you will be displaying it. Using an 18 gauge floral wire, bend it in half and stick it through your piece of styrofoam. Before pulling it all the way through, you must secure the wire with something to keep it from cutting and being pulled all the way through your foam block. I like to use a piece of paper wrapped wire in a “W” or “M” pattern that will keep the wire from pulling through. On the back side of the foam, wind your wire into a circle to hang on your hook. To protect your door, wrap the wire in a pipe cleaner. Using some small pumpkins and wood sticks, puncture the pumpkins and push the stick into the styrofoam. I repeated this with another pumpkin and a pick of faux acorns. This will be my focal point in the swag. I added a gourd and began to tuck some fall leaves amongst my larger pieces. I used fall leaf picks from the Dollar Tree and cut them apart into individual stems. Continue to tuck leaves in all around the featured items on your swag. Continue to fill in the swag with fall leaves, you will save your fall flowers to top your swag. Begin to add flowers, with longer blossoms first. I added some fall colored wisteria to hang down in my swag. You can see the wisteria more in this photo. (Ignore the dark grapevines, I decided to remove them later.)The swag is almost complete with the addition of a number of fall faux blossoms. This shows the swag needs to be a little rounder at the top and I needed to remove the grapevines from the bottom. Here you can see how the top was rounded out with fall blooms and the bottom was shortened and the vines removed. Your fall swag is ready to hang on your door and greet guests as they arrive!
The autumn colors look fantastic on my blue door! I couldn’t be happier! Time to begin decorating the rest of my front porch to match!