Yes, I am making a Halloween swag in August. I know you might think I am rushing things, but there are couple of reasons I am “rushing” the Fall holidays this year. Last year I began hosting Facebook Live videos for Hometalk. We did some of the holiday projects closer to the holidays and then I had viewers messaging me that they couldn’t find the items for the projects. Even if you don’t want to take on one of these projects for another month, I hope you will head out and get the supplies soon! I didn’t have to buy anything for my Halloween swag, I had all of this and more in my stash of Halloween decor. Oh, the second reason? My daughter, son in law and two granddaughters are coming to stay with us in September for a couple of months as they transition out of the military! I can’t wait!
I began this swag the same way I did my catalog knock off swag with a piece of styrofoam. I wanted all of my picks and decor to be secure in their base, and I knew this would work better than floral foam.
I began pushing wire through the piece of styrofoam to make my hook to hang my swag from. If you don’t put something beneath the wire, it will pull all the way through and cut the styrofoam. I chose to use a piece of tape wrapped floral wire and made it into an “M” shape to keep it from cutting through the foam.
Here is another photo to show you how I pulled the wire through and down over the wrapped wire.
On the backside of the styrofoam I used the same technique and twisted the two ends of the wire into a circle to be able to hang my swag on a hook.
With my base hung on the door from a Command hook, I am ready to begin making my swag. Begin building your swag with branches of leaves. I selected light brown leaves and some gray-green leaves to begin forming my shape. I had a lot of skulls left over from my skull garland last year that already had holes in them. Make your holes a little closer to the back of the skull and use a heavy weight wire through the skull and then pull the wires behind the skull and twist them together to form a “stem” that you can push firmly into your styrofoam. If you don’t feel your wires are firmly in the styrofoam attach the twisted wires to a wood wired stick to secure it in your styrofoam.
Use the wire on the back of the skull to push it firmly into the styrofoam about one quarter of the way down your styrofoam. Then add some more leaves around your skull and add some long black accent pieces. The spiders you can see came from the Dollar Tree in clusters that I cut apart to add. I found these great stringy black pieces at Michaels. Next is the fun part! Gather up whatever picks, pumpkins, ribbon and other fun things you want to add to your Halloween Swag. I glued a small orange witch hat to the top of my skull and tied a big orange and black bow beneath his chin. I had all of the rest of these items on hand. The purple berries are from The Dollar Tree. The rest of the Halloween picks all came from Michaels. I had spotted the black ostrich plumes in my craft closet and decided to add those, too!
My swag will be all ready to hang on my front door in another six weeks! This swag would be best displayed where it will be protected from the elements, like a covered porch. I will be hosting a Facebook Live video on how to DIY this swag on Friday, August 18th at 11 AM ET. If you don’t catch it, I will be sharing the video on my Facebook page after the live broadcast.