For reasons we won't discuss here on the blog, I need to cover the interior side of my front door. I was looking for some sort of . . . decorative swag . . . to display (and hide a rather unsightly, ummm, feature.)
I have plenty of Christmas decorations. In fact, I've decided I have Enough Christmas Decorations, and I'm not purchasing any more. Ever (if I can help it). But I didn't have anything appropriate to hang on the interior side of my front door -- right there in the entry way.
So I decided to try to make something. On the Cheap.
I started with this:
A sort-of-sad, basic fake plastic evergreen swag, complete with metallic leaves, pine cones, and a few berries; quite squished and very lopsided. On sale for $4.99 at my local Michael's store. (I just noticed that, because of the shadows in this photo, the swag looks much nicer than it actually was. It was very misshapen in real-life; it almost looks . . . good . . . in this photo. Lies.)
First, I "floofed" it out a bit and bent the branches into a more natural and pleasing shape. And I messed around with the (hideous) metallic leaves. . . trying to decide whether they added to or detracted from the overall look I was going for.
Next, I used a wire cutter to separate the individual segments of a "branch" of sparkly, glittery, gold flora (on sale for $1.79 at JoAnn Fabrics) . . .
and randomly wired them in to the "floofed" branches of the swag. (Still undecided on the metallic leaves, but leaning toward leaving them in.)
Then, I made a bow with two types of ribbon ($2.59 on the super-clearance table at JoAnn Fabrics). . .
and. . . voilà! A transformed swag!
Much nicer! (Even with the metallic leaves.) Does the job! And all for under 30 minutes and $10!
That's my kind of transformation!