A Catalog Knock Off for a Fraction of the Price!

7 Materials
$59
1 Hour
Easy

I am back at it again! I spotted this beautiful door swag in one of the many catalogs I receive. It is so pretty and I knew my Mom would like it on her door.

a catalog knock off for a fraction of the price

But…is this worth $249? Okay, full disclosure, it is now on sale for $174.99. I knew I could make this for less than half that.  

a catalog knock off for a fraction of the price

I begin all of my swags with a block of styrofoam. This is a standard size that is about 2 inches by 4 inches by 12 inches. Here is a link for getting your styrofoam blocks! 

a catalog knock off for a fraction of the price

The first step to making your swag is to give yourself a hanger to hang it from the door where you will be displaying it. I like to use a paper wrapped wire. Push both ends of the wire through the foam, but DO NOT pull it all the way down tight agains the foam. If you do, it can cut right through the foam.

a catalog knock off for a fraction of the price

Cut a pipe cleaner in half. Take each half of the pipe cleaner and bend it as shown, or in and “M” or “W” shape.

a catalog knock off for a fraction of the price

Take that squiggly piece of pipe cleaner and put it down beneath the wire and then you can pull the wire tight. That pipe cleaner will keep the wire from cutting through your foam.

a catalog knock off for a fraction of the price

Use the other half of the pipe cleaner on the back of your foam and then twist the ends of the wire and make a circle to hang your swag on a hook on your door.

a catalog knock off for a fraction of the price

For the majority of my greenery, I selected less expensive ficus branches from Hobby Lobby. Of course, you want to buy them when they are 50% off, like I did!

a catalog knock off for a fraction of the price

My big bargain was the addition of a bunch of hydrangea leaves I used leftover from my  4th of July wreath.  

a catalog knock off for a fraction of the price

Cut apart the pieces of the ficus branches.

a catalog knock off for a fraction of the price

I used a steel pick machine, but you could use wood wired sticks like I showed when I decorated my mailbox for the 4th of July.  

a catalog knock off for a fraction of the price

This is how the ends of the stems will look like with the steel picks on them ready to use them to make your door swag.

a catalog knock off for a fraction of the price

Just add your ficus tree leaves all around the styrofoam forming the shape of the swag that you want.

a catalog knock off for a fraction of the price

It’s time to add those big beautiful purple hydrangea blooms. If you prefer, you could use pink or white blooms.

a catalog knock off for a fraction of the price

Fill in the space around the blooms with the hydrangea leaves, then add a branch of variegated stems and add a few stems of silk lavender.  Your door swag will be complete!  

a catalog knock off for a fraction of the price

This beautiful door swag now adorns my Mom's door and for just $59.00!  

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