The Deco Mesh Wreath seems to frighten many crafters, including me. Afraid of the possible mess from the fraying of the mesh, I had never made one — until this past August when my knee jerk reaction to losing my sister was to lock myself in my craft room and become one with my “stuff.”
I had some brown, gold, orange, and blue mesh, so I began making a wreath for my brother who was in town. I didn’t think to look at videos on YouTube, I simply went rogue and made this one for him. All of the supplies came from Dollar Tree, except the fall leaves.
I was quite content with it and proudly gave it to my brother to take home to San Antonio.
I’ve been itching to make another one, but wanted to “do it right,” since I’m not even sure the one I gave my brother is still in one piece. So, I watched a few videos and came up with this one.
I’m going to warn you — this is not a quick craft. It took me about four and a half hours total to make this one. Be sure to read through all of the instructions before you begin, so you have a clear understanding of it all.
You can see that my new wreath is a lot fuller than the one I made last fall, so that accounts for a lot of the time it takes to make it.
a wire wreath form, pipe cleaners, deco mesh, ribbon, scissors, rotary fabric cutter, wire clippers
So, how much Deco Mesh do you need? Well, that depends on the size of the wire wreath form and how long you cut each piece of mesh. I bought everything at my local Dollar Tree store. The wire form is about 14-inches in diameter and I cut my mesh in 6-inch lengths. There are five yards of mesh on each roll, so after you make this one, you’ll be able to do the math (and we’ll do it together along the way). I used about 1 1/2 rolls of each of four colors. I cut my ribbon in 8-inch lengths and used 6 rolls of ribbon (3-yards on each roll). The total cost of this wreath was $14.
I advise you to do all of your cutting before you really begin putting the wreath together. Cut all of the strips of mesh, all of the strips of ribbon, and all of the pipe cleaners.
A really easy way to cut the mesh is shown in the below photo:
I was able to cut all four rolls of mesh at one time laying them out like this and using my rotary fabric cutter. Don’t worry if you don’t have one, scissors work just fine.
Because the wire form has six sections and I put 8 bundles of mesh in each section, I cut 48 pieces of each color. That’s a little more than a roll and a half of each color.
Then I did the same with my ribbon, but cut it in 8-inch lengths:
After you’ve cut your 48 pieces of ribbon, you may want to take it up a notch by cutting the chevron shape into the ends of the ribbon.
Then cut 24 pipe cleaners in half.
You’re left with a big pile of mesh/ribbon/pipe cleaners. It’s actually much bigger than this next photo seems to depict. (I’ve never claimed to be a photographer.)
Now it’s time to make a wreath. You can sit down in front of the TV and begin making bundles of mesh:
Using one piece of mesh at a time, roll it up, hold it in your hand while you continue to roll up each of the other three pieces of mesh. This is a bundle. Don’t put all of them together exactly the same. Mix up the colors.
Now, you’ll add one strip of ribbon, right side up.
After you have the ribbon sitting on top of the bundle, tightly wrap a pipe cleaner around the bundle to hold everything in place. Now, just set it aside and make 47 more.
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You might want to spread this out over a few nights in front of the TV or maybe during a binge watch of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Soon (not really), you’ll have a great big mountain of bundles of mesh waiting for their close up on your beautiful wreath.
Now what? Well, it’s actually finally time to attach these cute little bundles to the wire wreath form. Working with the wire form turned over (curved side up), begin attaching the bundles, wrapping the pipe cleaner around two wires.
I attached a bundle to the outside, wrapping the pipe cleaner around the two outside wires on the form. Then I attached the second bundle to the inside, wrapping the pipe cleaner around the two inside wires of the form. The third bundle went in the middle. I used this same pattern throughout the entire wreath — attaching 8 bundles in each of the six sections of the wire wreath form.
In my opinion, this is the easiest and fastest moving part of making this wreath. (I’d gladly pay extra for packages of pre-cut mesh. Just sayin’) Before you know it, you’re down to the last section.
NOTE: Don’t fluff it up as you go along. Wait until it’s completely finished, because the more you handle the mesh, the more it will fray.
This is where it gets just a little dicey. See how crowded it gets? Just be patient and smoosh the bundles in. You can do it!
When you’ve attached all 48 bundles, this is what it will look like – front and back.
How pretty, right? Now you can fluff it up a bit, if you’d like. I made sure you could see my ribbons and then I cut a few of the frays off — and called it “Done!”
I love my new Spring wreath. I’ll probably hang it from my office wall.
I hope you’ll make one, and if you do, share your experience with me.