I’ve always been a little crafty, not in the sense of being able to paint or anything like that, but I love scrapbooking and putting stuff together. I have always wanted a Deco Mesh wreath for my front door, but I haven’t wanted to pay the $80+ price tag for each holiday for them. I decided to look up a bunch of you tube videos and some books at the craft store, and just wing it on my own.
Here’s what supplies you need:
Roll of wide Deco Mesh in the main color
Small roll of Deco Mesh
16″ wreath base
1 package of pipe cleaners cut in half
Deco tubing ribbon (or regular wired ribbon)
Hot Glue Gun (not pictured)
Scissors (not pictured)
About an hour of your time and some patience (Mine went out the window)
First take your wreath base and take your pipe cleaners (make sure they are cut in half) and you will take the at all the intersections in the middle and cross over them diagonally and twist over the two middle bars. Do that at each intersection. Once you do that, go back around and do it half way in between those, with the top two bars. Your wreath will then look like this:
Next you will take your Deco Mesh, the wider one, in my case the orange. You will start using ONLY the middle pipe cleaners, and you will NOT cut the Deco Mesh, this will be one long continuous piece all the way around the wreath. Gather the end all together and secure with one of the middle pipe cleaners. Next get about 9 to 10 inches of mesh and then gather again together and secure on the next middle pipe cleaner. Do that ALL the way around and when you get back to where you started, secure with the SAME pipe cleaner you secured the starting piece with. NOW go and do the SAME step all the way around the outside. Once you get to the end, THEN you can cut with scissors. Now go back and fluff it up a bit. Make your gathered sections spread out and be a bit poofy. Your wreath should now look like this (only not as blurry, sorry!!):
Now that you have that, take your smaller deco mesh ribbon and start at one of the pipe cleaners in the middle, secure it with the same ones you’ve been using. You will now Zig-Zag with this ribbon, meaning go to the outside pipe cleaner, secure it, then go back to an inside pipe cleaner point, and do that ALL the way around! Don’t cut until the very end, make it one long continuous piece. Once you have that done, you can do that with wired ribbon, or the Deco Tube Ribbon in the green like I have in the supplies picture above. Make sure you always continue with one long piece and don’t cut until the end. Once you have all of that done, fluff it up again, make sure it looks good. You may have a few gaps, but that’s okay. We are now going to fill it in with the embellishments. You can use wire, hot glue, whatever you think will work for what you’re doing.
When I did the witches hats, bats, and the curly embellishment, I just bent the wire that it was on and wrapped it within the wreath base/frame. I then would put a dot of hot glue down, like on the back of the bat, to make sure it stays in place. I used the hot glue gun for everything else!
Total cost of project: $44 with TONS of leftovers. I probably have enough to make a whole other wreath, I’d just need to purchase another wreath base. I can’t wait to make one for Christmas, Easter, Summer, and more holidays!!!