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The Ultimate Guide to Artificial Greenery: Swags

So far, we've talked trees, wreaths, and garland [If you missed it, you can read them HERE] and now it's time to talk swags. What IS a holiday swag? Well, it's kind of the unsung hero of faux greenery. They are either tapered on both ends or in the shape of a teardrop and they are often just the right size for odd-shaped or narrow spaces that need a little holiday cheer! So, let's break down what to look for, how to decide on the size and shape, and where to shop for these gems!


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A holiday swag combines the best features of wreaths and garlands in one pretty little package. They're versatile and can be used in a variety of places throughout your home.

Where Do I Put It?!

Because swags are full but tapered and elongated but not too long, they make the perfect addition to stairs, doors, windows, or even lying horizontally as a part of your holiday tablescape or on your mantel. You'll find them in swanky hotels on the banister or adorning the back of the chairs at a holiday party. Wherever you choose to use them - they're sure to make a statement.


"What size should I get?"

PRO TIP: Treat your swag like you would a piece of art. You'll want it to fill about 2/3 of the hanging surface. Since most swags are hung vertically, measure your door, railing, chair back height, etc., and plan for your swag to take up 2/3 of that height for the best look.


Don't Forget to Fluff!

Next, be sure to give your swag a good fluff! Here's how it's done:

  1. Make sure that the "spine" or back of your swag is facing downward.

  2. Work your way from the top of the swag to the bottom.

  3. Shape each tip in the same direction and lift them to create layers.

  4. After shaping, stand back and check for any stray tips.

  5. For decorated swags, adjust the tips to make sure the accents are visible and evenly placed for a cohesive look. Don't forget to smooth out the ribbon!

  6. Take look at all angles and make sure you're happy with the look before you hang it.

Hanging Your Swag

Speaking of hanging it, here are a few tips on how to hang your swags without drilling holes in your walls or doors:

  1. Use an adhesive hook. Be sure your surface is clean and dry before you apply the adhesive. Place the hooks on the outer side of the spindle or banister, position the swag onto it, and fluff as needed to hide the hooks. [Always check the weight limit on your hooks before using them to prevent damage!]

  2. Use a nylon fishing line to attach to the door. To do this, place an adhesive hook on the back (interior side) of the door first. Then secure a knot and loop the fishing line over the door to the exterior side and attach it to your swag.

  3. If styling the back of a wooden or metal chair, simply use a piece of ribbon (size will vary based on the size of your chair) to loop around the top of the chair and attach to the swag with a simple knot or bow depending on your desired style. If styling an upholstered chair, use the same ribbon technique and attach it with a small straight pin.

Shop My Favorites

Now that we know how to measure and what size we need, how to fluff it, and how to hang it - we need... THE SWAG. I've curated a list of my favorites for you below! Simply click the images to shop these looks and get the deets on all my favorites. Oh, and when your holiday guests arrive and "ooh" and "ahh" your gorgeous decor hung perfectly for all to see? Tell them you know a girl who can help them, too!

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Until next time, friends.


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