How to Make an Autumn Door Swag

I just love decorating this time of the year.  But much of what is out there is very holiday-centric.  I like something that goes over both Halloween and Thanksgiving, so I decided to do a decorative autumn door swag this year.This autumn door swag decorates a glass panel on a front door so much better than a round wreath. It is much easier to make than you might think too!

We redid the entry of our house this summer and changed from a plain white panel door to one that had an oval glass panel on it.  I’ve always used round wreaths on my front door but since the makeover, that just doesn’t look right. But a swag is long and narrow and fits into the glass panel perfectly and really adds to the look of my front door.

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If you read my blog, you will know that I don’t like to spend money on decorations.  I change them out like I do my underwear, so spending a lot on one project just won’t cut it with me.   So my first step in doing a project is to see what I have on hand for supplies AND what is out in my yard that I can use too. 

Luck was with me.  I didn’t have to purchase anything new for this project.  Well…I must tell a bit of the truth.  I went to the Dollar store about a month ago and picked up some autumn floral stems, so I guess you will have to count those!

Decorate your entry with a festive autumn door swag.

If you are not as lucky to have all everything you need on hand, you’ll need the following supplies.  (These are Amazon links but check your local Dollar store first.)

To start the swag, you need to keep in mind that it needs to be balanced top and bottom and also needs to be balanced side to side.  I did this by making the bottom section of the base first.  I used three fern leaves and topped it with a large pine tree stem with two branches.base for the door swagNext I added the sunflowers.  I layered them with the large one at the top and the others below it and then added my pussy willow stems.  My lighter colored sunflowers had burlap petals on them and worked really well for the rustic look of the base of the swag.

Add the sunflowers to the bases of the swagsNow it was time to balance out the top of the swag.  I basically repeated what I had on the bottom but made it smaller in size so the swag would drape well and be balanced from top to bottom with my door panel.  Crafting Tip: When you join them with the pipe cleaners, leave enough room for the bow to sit in the middle.  I had to take mine apart when I first made the swag, since the top and bottom were too close together.Adding the top section of the swag.The next step is to make a floral bow from your wire edged ribbon.  I make these all the time (even to decorate my Christmas presents!) and they are very easy to make. See my tutorial here.  Attach the floral bow to the middle area and poof it out.

Add a floral bow to the door swagAll that is left to do now is attach your glass door wreath hanger to the glass panel of your door and add some wire to the back of the swag so that it hangs well.   The glass door wreath holder that I use is one that will hold 15 pounds, but this swag was light, so the door hanger had muscle to spare.Autumn door swag.I love the way the glass panel on my door is balanced. The size and shape of the swag matches the shape of my panel and the color of the door is a great background for my pops of color from the sunflowers on my door swag.Autumn door swag on glass paneled door

To show how well the project worked, my husband, who is anything BUT holiday minded walked into the house and said “Oh….I love the way that looks on the front door.”   High praise coming from someone who doesn’t notice stuff like this!

See how I changed the look of my front door and used the same sunflowers for my St. Patrick’s day door swag. And see the pastel colored Easter Door swag here.

How do you decorate the front of your door if you have a glass panel?  Tell me your ideas in the comments below!

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  43 comments for “How to Make an Autumn Door Swag

  1. Robin Masshole Mommy
    10/10/2015 at 11:32 am

    That is absolutely lovely! I love the flowers you chose. I have nothing on my door, so I would love something like this to liven it up.

    • Carol
      10/10/2015 at 9:21 pm

      Thanks Robin. I’m a sucker for sunflowers so it was an easy choice for me.

  2. 10/10/2015 at 6:23 pm

    oh I love this so much!! Simple yet such a great statement piece and different than the usual wreath!

    • Carol
      10/10/2015 at 9:21 pm

      I’ve always had round wreaths, so this was a nice change.

  3. 10/10/2015 at 7:26 pm

    Love this idea! Our front door is almost all glass and we usually decorate it with a wreath. However, I think this would work too. I am not very creative but I think I can make this!! Perhaps it can be a project for me and my 4 year old to work on together.

    • Carol
      10/10/2015 at 9:22 pm

      Sounds like a fun afternoon!

  4. 10/10/2015 at 10:13 pm

    I think you did an amazing job with it! I love the sunflowers and the bow you used in it. Ups is oval shaped too, but it’s big enough to put a wreath in it and it looks fine.

    • Carol
      10/11/2015 at 9:09 am

      I also had another problem with mine. When the door was installed a normal wreath hanger was way too short for the panel.

  5. Alex
    10/10/2015 at 11:19 pm

    I love this so much!!! It is so creative, but at the same time seems doable for the not so creative person (aka. ME). 🙂 I need to make something for our front door, as well!

    • Carol
      10/11/2015 at 9:09 am

      It was pretty easy. Only took me about 45 minutes.

  6. 10/11/2015 at 7:09 am

    I love your door swag! I, too, like to do something that carries me through the entire fall season – all the way until it’s time to decorate for Christmas. So pretty!

    • Carol
      10/11/2015 at 9:10 am

      thanks Alli. Yes, I decorate for Halloween but prefer my door to got through both holidays.

  7. Chanel | Cultural Xplorer
    10/11/2015 at 9:24 am

    Very festive! I need to make some swag for my door that screams fall!

    • Carol
      10/11/2015 at 9:27 am

      I just love decorating this time of the year!

  8. 10/11/2015 at 11:06 am

    I live in an apartment so od not have a glass panel on my door. I really love that you used materials from your backyard–maybe a few of the leaves that have changed color already would look good as well.

    • Carol
      10/11/2015 at 1:39 pm

      I tried to add some leaves but the stems were not long enough and I didn’t have any extenders so I left them out. Like the idea though.’

  9. 10/11/2015 at 11:38 am

    This project turned out super cute! I love decorating our house for fall and the holidays.

    • Carol
      10/11/2015 at 1:39 pm

      Thanks Vera. It’s such a fun time of the year!

  10. 10/11/2015 at 1:49 pm

    This looks like a task even I could make. It’s really pretty and elegant on your front door. I’ll have to try to make one of these and if it turns out, I may have to try to make one for Christmas too.

    • Carol
      10/11/2015 at 3:18 pm

      I plan the change this over to a Christmas one once that decorating gets going.

  11. Pam
    10/11/2015 at 4:57 pm

    That is so adorable! Fall is one of my favorite times to decorate for. You can just do so much without getting kitschy!

    • Carol
      10/11/2015 at 5:36 pm

      I agree Pam. Love fall!

  12. 10/11/2015 at 5:45 pm

    That turned out so cool. That is such a fun project for the home.

    • Carol
      10/11/2015 at 10:57 pm

      Thanks Harriet. It was really a fun project to do.

  13. 10/11/2015 at 11:45 pm

    I’ve never made a swag before, just wreaths. This looks like it would be fun to make.

  14. Tyra
    10/12/2015 at 12:10 am

    This is absolutely stunning! I love the flowers and the fall feel of it! Amazing job and it actually seems pretty easy to put together. Fantastic.

    • Carol
      10/12/2015 at 8:56 am

      Hi Tyra. Thanks for the nice comments. Yes, it came together easily.

  15. 10/12/2015 at 3:38 pm

    This looks amazing! I love your creativity. I need to go look around and see what I have on hand to create my own door swag.

    • Carol
      10/12/2015 at 5:21 pm

      Thanks Marina. My favorite projects are those that make use of what I have on hand or in the garden.

  16. Bonnie G
    10/12/2015 at 8:18 pm

    This is so very pretty. I have been wanting to add something like this to my door. I want to make this.

    • Carol
      10/12/2015 at 10:12 pm

      Thanks Bonnie. Hope yours turns out well!

  17. 10/13/2015 at 9:20 pm

    Love the swag. What a welcome front door

    • Carol
      10/14/2015 at 9:34 am

      Thanks Renee. I like the way it turned out too.

  18. Angie K
    10/14/2015 at 12:28 pm

    I am obsessed with decorating! ESP for the holidays! This is so beautiful! It goes perfectly with your door! I will have to think of something to do for my place and fast! LOL

    • Carol
      10/14/2015 at 2:45 pm

      I am the same this time of the year Angie. Just love decorating!

  19. 10/16/2015 at 9:00 am

    Oh that is so pretty. I think it looks great on your door. Good job!

    • Carol
      10/16/2015 at 10:40 am

      Thanks Becka. It was a fun project to do.

  20. 10/16/2015 at 10:42 am

    Great tutorial and post on creating this lovely swag

  21. Carol
    10/16/2015 at 11:42 am

    Thanks Renee. It’s the first time I have made a swag, so I enjoyed it.

  22. 10/17/2015 at 8:08 pm

    I need to do something like this. I don’t have any flowers left…but I could totally improvise. I love a good door decoration!

    • Carol
      10/17/2015 at 9:26 pm

      I have some roses and dahlias still blooming. Very pretty.

  23. Carolyn Juran
    09/03/2017 at 5:44 am

    I’d love to know the color of the front door. I have brick and bluestone and am redoing shutters and the door.

    • Carol
      09/03/2017 at 11:33 am

      Hi Carolyn.

      The color of the door is Sherwin Williams Naval. I had this shade tinted into a Behr exterior semi gloss paint. (I prefer Behr over Sherwin Williams paint which we tried but it ended up too thick and was messy on the paint job, so we started over with the Behr paint.) Carol

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