It was 8 ft long, lighted and filled with Christmas bulbs.
It was beautiful – I was in love…
I started by purchasing 12′ unlit evergreen swags for $4 (half price from $7.99 at Hobby Lobby). Then I got a wreath for $6 (half price from $11.99).
Next I headed over to Walmart where I found shatterproof bulbs in a variety of colors 8-24 pks for $5 each.
Since I wanted to do (2) swags, (1) wreath and (1) Christmas tree, I bought 9 boxes for $45.
Here’s how it all turned out.
This swag is on the stair railing just inside the front door where it can greet all my guests with a warm Merry Christmas feeling!
Compared to the $170 Hobby Lobby version, mine is 4 foot longer and ended up costing me just $17 to make! 90% off retail – not too shabby, y’all!
$3 strand of lights
I even have a matching wreath for my front door ! Total cost to make: $11
With plenty enough ornaments left to add to the tree so all the colors tie together! Grand total spent: $65 (includes 2 strands of lights @ $2.99 each). In the end, I got
A Note On Color and Spacing:
If you’d like to try a similar project, I found it was helpful to do the following:
- Find a color scheme with three colors. My inspiration piece from Hobby Lobby was red, white and silver. The one I ended up making was blue, pink and silver. You may want to head over to Walmart and check out the color selection to give you some ideas.
- Lay out your swag and begin attaching one color at a time. I used the ornament hooks I had on hand from last year as a sort of makeshift florist wire to connect the bulbs to the swag.
- While I began by working on one color at a time, I did go back and fill in as needed with other ornaments to make it look more “random”.