DIY Woodland Swag and Autumn Tablescape

~ by Trenda

It’s that cozy, all things pumpkin, sweater weather, cider sipping time of year…and time to decorate Cottage Green for autumn. Seeing the shadows of autumn sunshine coming through our shutters, while smelling the apple cider fragrance in our diffuser, I was inspired to make a woodland swag. A swag that looked like it was made with treasures found during a walk in an autumn forest…some bittersweet, wild blossoms, red, golden, and orange leaves, pinecones, wild grapes, and hawthorn berries, all weaved into a fir garland and mixed with discarded pheasant feathers and antlers shed from the deer in autumn.

Where the heart is the mind works best.

Louisa May Alcott

To make my woodland swag, I took a plain and unadorned green fir garland I had in our closet (like the garlands you see displayed at Christmas) and spread the length of the garland out on the table. Then I began placing and inserting the woodland decorations I’d selected, using the wired branches of the garland to secure each decoration in place. Wild blossoms and grapes cascaded down the center of the swag. Autumn leaves, pinecones, more grape clusters, and dark hawthorn berries filled the garland. Pheasant feathers were a beautiful woodsy touch and were easy “to stick” throughout the fir swag…and faux antlers, like those shed from the deer in autumn, added just the right touch of forest enchantment to my swag. To blend all the mixed pieces together, I finished by winding a bittersweet vine throughout my autumn woodland swag.

I knew the woodland swag would be beautiful hanging above our downstairs dining area, but also loved that hanging it here, it would be a surprise focal point that would be seen whenever someone was coming down the stairs.

The swag almost glows in the autumn afternoon and lamplight.

Since the woodland swag frames the dining area, I wanted our table setting to reflect the same autumnal mood that the woodland swag conveyed. I used a tartan runner woven in woodsy colors for my backdrop, and started building my tablescape. A wrought iron crescent moon with a profile of a face, and a fortune ball filled with fairy lights add a little whimsy to the scene.

A wire pumpkin filled with potpourri ties in with the autumn theme and repeats the wrought iron of the moon. A cedar timer from Colorado adds a woodsy feel and is a dear souvenir that belonged to my mother and father and brings back sweet, remembered times.

Apple cider potpourri looks and smells delicious tucked in a Weeping Gold vase. The gold and red theme is repeated throughout this little vignette with the orange-red berries of the bittersweet, the red tones of the apples and pomegranates, and the red cover of the book, which delightfully is embossed in the same gold as the vase.

A pheasant, in his autumn colored plumage, nestles near the cedar branches and a wire canoe filled with candles.

Autumn tablescape.

Autumn view inside and outside.

And…coming down the stairs.

We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves!

Humbert Wolfe

I hope these ideas have inspired your creativity, and I hope you’ll try making your own woodland swag and you’ll create an autumn tablescape! The swag is beautiful and looks quite opulent, though it is easy to put together…and you’ll enjoy being thrifty and letting your imagination soar when “shopping” from the inventory you have in your cabinets and closets to decorate your tabletops and mantels. You’ll see seasonal decorating doesn’t require a trip to the craft store. (:

Next week…“All Things Halloween!” (:

From my cottage to yours ~ Trenda

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Author: cottagegreenonthelake

I hope the pictures of tablescapes, home decor, seasonal decorations, floral arrangements, landscaping ideas, "potting about the shed" and the unexpected ways I use everyday items to decorate my home on "Cottage Green on the Lake" will be an inspiration for you as you make your own little haven and nest … 4 the seasons! From my cottage to yours ~ Trenda

6 thoughts on “DIY Woodland Swag and Autumn Tablescape”

  1. Trenda, this autumn blog is AWESOME!!!! I love fall of the year with all the bright, beautiful,colors and the crisp fall weather and I can’t forget the pumpkins and colorful gourds!! You always amaze me with all your blogs!! I love what you do with what you have and include things from your yard and from nature itself…….all of God’s creations for all of us to enjoy!! You have a God given talent and you share your talents with all of us and I can’t thank you enough for this. It inspires me to be creative with different things, but mine don’t ever seem to turn out as well as yours!! Just keep sharing your creations with us because it really makes my day!! I love you dearly, my wonderful friend!! Pat

    1. Dear Pat,
      Thank you so much for saying that reading my blog inspires your creativity.
      I know how artistic and what a great decorator you are, so those are very kind and gracious words.
      Wish we were decorating tabletops and putting swags together…together! ☺️🥰🥰

      ❤️ Trenda

    1. Dear Sherry,
      I appreciate your comment so much, since bringing in a little bit of the beautiful outdoors…indoors, was what I was trying to do! ☺️
      I know your autumn colors must be putting on a brilliant show, right now!
      Send me some of your sugar maple leaves, please!

      ❤️ Trenda

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