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I’m getting really excited about decorating our home for Christmas this year, and I’ve been crafting up a storm to get ready.
My holiday decorating philosophy is “more is better,” except when it comes to the price of said decorations.
Can you believe this jingle bells and pinecones Christmas swag cost around $4 to make using supplies from Dollar Tree?
- Artificial pine floral picks
- large jingle bells
- medium jingle bells
- jute twine
- wire cutters
- hammered metal spray paint, optional
- glue, optional
Dollar Tree has lots of different colors, styles and sizes of jingle bells online and in stores. You’ll even find some glittered ones. You can use your favorite for this project.
Begin by removing the ribbon and floral decorations from the large bells. You may need to use floral wire cutters.
Since I wanted an antique look for my Christmas swag, to match our vintage-style decorations, I painted two gold bells with a hammered, silver spray paint. But this step is completely optional.
Use scissors or the wire cutters to remove the leaves from the pine floral pick. Slide the berries, pine needles and pinecones up the stem, clustering tightly together in a nice shape.
Tie a piece of jute twine near the cluster of pinecones and foliage. Continue tightly wrapping the twine up the stem, securing with a double knot several inches from the end.
Next, string two medium-sized bells on jute, tying in the center. Tie the two bells to the floral stem, securing with a double knot. Using another piece of twine, add a third medium-sized bell to the swag. Tie to secure. Trim any excess twine. You may want to add a dot of glue to further secure each knot, but this is optional.
Loop two long pieces of twine through the two large jingle bells. Add a double knot where you threaded the twine through the bells so they don’t move on the twine.
Position one bell at the bottom of the swag, tying the twine in place on the stem. Add the second large bell further up the swag, again tying to secure.
Wrap the excess twine from the two large bells around the stem, securing with a double knot. Snip any stray pieces of twine.
To create a loop to hang the Christmas swag, bend the twine-covered stem to form an inverted U shape.
Use more twine to secure the stem where you’ve bent it back on itself. You want to close the loop, so pull the twine tightly and secure with a double knot. Use the wire cutters to trim the portion of the stem that is not covered by twine.
For a fuller Christmas swag, use two floral picks or add a few more pinecones or berries.
I haven’t decided exactly where I’ll use this Christmas swag or the others I’m planning to make. But there are lots of possibilities. I think they’d look fabulous hung on a vintage sled or on the backs of our kitchen chairs. Swags are a great alternative to wreaths on a front door, and they also look great on cabinet doors. So many possibilities…
That’s how I feel every time I stop by Dollar Tree. I’m always finding items I can use as part of my seasonal decor or for Christmas crafting. And at $1, who can resist loading up a cart full of inspiration?
To buy the items listed in this project and more go to DollarTree.com or your local Dollar Tree store today! If you’re shopping for Dollar Tree Christmas items after Nov. 6, please shop at your local store, as online items are removed to stock stores.
Check out these other Christmas crafts you can make with Dollar Tree items: