Holiday Door Swag in 10 minutes

Door Swag in 10 Minutes -- A Pinch of Joy
Door Swag in 10 Minutes -- A Pinch of Joy
I was astonished at how quickly this holiday door swag went together!  It took me longer to choose the colors and coordinate them with the other holiday outdoor decor, than it did to make the door swag!  I laid them on the work surface and in ten minutes the finished swag was hanging on the door!  

You will need three large stems — two are fluffy and one is decorative.   You will also need a fluffy bow.  I usually make mine but this lime green bow was 50% off AND a coupon, too.  My original thought was to place the Merry Christmas under the bow.  Instead it got it’s own clear Command Hook on the door because  the swag was too bulky with the words in place.   (Yes, the green ball is broken on one of the stems in the photo.  It was minding its own business in the trunk on the way home.    I bought something heavy which also needed to go in the trunk . . .and dropped it on the bag of swag.  Lucky that was the only thing that broke!) 

To make:  Place two fluffy stems side by side with one a couple of inches lower than the other.   Place decorative stem on top so the swirls and “fancy stuff” extends a bit below the other two stems.  Grasp all three stems firmly in one hand and begin to twist first one and then the other fluffy stem firmly around the base of the decorative stem in a sort of braid pattern.  The crossovers do not need to be tightly placed together, but they do need to be firmly fastened around the center stem.  One stem (the one you placed higher than the other)  will extend beyond the other two when the twist is completed.  Bend it over to make a loop for hanging.  Fasten the bow to the swag.  Fluff and arrange until pleasing.  Done! 

Swag -- A Pinch of Joy
And there it is all finished,  on the work surface.  I don’t have pictures of the process — no hands leftover for photography — but it is very simple and, I hope, easy for you to understand.  There is very little space between our glass storm door and the front door, certainly not enough for a wreath, but this swag fits perfectly.    A very strong magnet hook holds the swag in place. 

Door Swag On the Door -- A Pinch of Joy

And on the front door.  Merry Christmas! 

I also promised I would show you how the lighted gift boxes got their snowflakes.  Outdoor Gift Box -- A Pinch of Joy

It all began this way — large and medium sized glittered snowflakes from the Dollar Store.

Gift Box 2

Place the snowflakes where you want them on the box and simply sew them on!  Easy Peasy!  
I considered hot glue, but thought I might want to change out the snowflakes to something else someday. 
Easier to cut stitches without damaging the “gift”  than prying off hot glued snowflakes!

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Baker’s Dozen of Christmas Cookie Recipes

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A Baker's Dozen of Christmas Cookie Recipes (and 1 really bad poem)  from A Pinch of Joy  

1PS Chocolate Shortbread (9)
Chocolate Shortbread Cookies from Pint-Sized Baker

2Coconut-White-Chocolate-Cookies
Coconut White Chocolate Cookies
    From Gonna Want Seconds

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 Date Filled Cookies from A Bright and Beautiful Life

4RedVelvet Cookie
  Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies from Cooking Classy

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    Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies  from Butter, with a side of Bread

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        Quick and Easy Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies from iMom

7Cookie Cups
Milky Way Stuffed Cookie Cups from This Silly Girl’s Life

8CreamCheese
Peppermint Cream Thumbprint Cookies from Beyond Frostings

9Italian-Anise-Cookies-@createdbydiane
Italian Anise Cookies from Created by Diane

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Peppermint Macarons  from Studio DIY

11Rolo Pretzel Turtles
Rolo Pretzel Turtles from Deep South Dish

12Georgia-Tea-Cakes-4
Georgia Tea Cakes from Cupcakes and Crinoline

13Shortbread
M&M Shortbread Cookies from Something Swanky

Here’s a bonus three cookie recipes from A Pinch of Joy — check out  “Desserts” on the navigation bar for other sweet recipes!   
Super Delicious Big Batch Cookies
No Bake Chocolate Cookie Gems
Delightful Coconut Macaroons

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Christmas at the Front Door

Christmas at the front door - A Pinch of Joy

Christmas at the front door  - A Pinch of Joy
The front porch is all decked out in its Christmas finery.
Some new, some old.
A bit of tradition, a bit of contemporary neon.
A Christmas Welcome.

2Tree

Snowflakes are the theme this year.
Traditional.
In glittery red and gold.
Not so traditional.
Add the lime green bow and swirls on the snowflake decked packages.
Definitely not traditional!
But that’s good!

3Left Tree

And at night they really glow.
Excuse me a moment.
I have to go tuck that electrical plug back out of sight.
The little red cardinal cheeps cheerfully whenever anyone walks by.  I like it. 
Even if someone found it a little unnerving to have a bird chirping at night when they rang the doorbell.
We had a good laugh.  Maybe that’s why I like it!

4Corner I made a new garland this year.
It didn’t take a lot of time or money — those things are precious this time of year! 

I showed you how I made a simple garland and said I would show you how I embellished it.
I found these fabulous glittery snowflakes at the dollar store.
You probably won’t find any now at your dollar store.
Particularly if you go to the same one.  I bought the last three packages. 
The flat snowflakes helped keep a low profile so the garland didn’t overwhelm the small space.
The corner embellishment features a dollar store glittery ball and a mesh bow.
There was a little neon green tube mesh left from the Halloween wreath, so I added it to the bow.
The red snowflakes are stuck to the glass with sticky tack /putty stuff.
I thought they might pop off in the cold but it’s 24 degrees right now and they are still stuck.


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The other corner.
Just to keep things balanced!
You can’t see how I fastened the ball with a red chenille stem that also made the bow
and holds the bow and ball to the garland. 
Bytes used a binder clip to fasten the chenille stem to the metal trim across the top of the door.
Pretty important part, that chenille stem! 
Flexible, influencing even when not seen and sturdy!  Holding it all together.  Kind of like a mom.
End
The tail end of the garland.
We stretched the final pouf to get a bit more length.
You can just barely see the binder clip that holds it in place.
The whole garland is fastened to the house with those binder clips. 
1Front Porch
It all comes together! 
Add a Merry Christmas in glittery red  and a door swag quickly made.
Click the link and I’ll show you how I did it
and how the packages got their snowflakes, too

3Night

A spotlight at night that washes the whole front of the house
makes the beribboned wreaths on the windows pop.

Happy Snow Family

Before you go, let me introduce you to the
Snowman Family.
They live in the little space
where the garage is set back from the house.


House

And the big picture taken from across the street,
standing in the new neighbor’s driveway.

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