I have to tell you… I have kind of an obsession with deco mesh. I have just finished my third wreath. I made a Mardi Gras wreath a couple of years ago and I was hooked! Deco mesh makes a beautiful, full, gorgeous wreath. This year I made a Fall wreath and today I made a Christmas wreath. I’m already making plans for Valentine’s Day and Easter! They are so easy to make I thought I’d share with you how to do it. And they look so fun and impressive.
Here are the things you need: a large wreath form (mine was 24 inches from end to end), pipe cleaners that would blend with your color scheme, 2 rolls of deco mesh, and 1-3 other ribbons.
I used 3 different ribbons with this wreath but used only one in my Thanksgiving wreath. In this wreath I went around with all the ribbons in the center set of pipe cleaners. Then around the outer and inner sets of pipe cleaners I used only deco mesh. In the Thanksgiving wreath, I used only one ribbon, so I went around all three levels, inner, middle, and outer.
Cut the pipe cleaners in half. Twist them at every cross section of the wreath form, inner, middle and outer. I like to twist them on the cross sections because I think that they slide along the sides if you put them on the round part. Only the inner and outer twists are pictured here.
Gather the deco mesh and all of the ribbon with the ribbons on top. Pinch the ends together and twist it into one of the pipe cleaners.
Form a loop. Give it about 10 to 12 inches and twist the deco mesh and ribbon into the next pipe cleaner. Look at it to determine if you like the size of the loop. Don’t make the loops too big and floppy. Make sure that you are making the same size loops all the way around or your wreath will be lopsided.
Continue with the loops all the way around. When you reach the twist where you started, twist it there again before you move to the outside row. If there is not enough room take another (extra) pipe cleaner and twist it in from the middle row of the wreath form. You need to twist all twists very tight so it holds all the deco mesh and ribbon in.
If you run out of ribbon and need to start a new roll, twist the end of the first one into the pipe cleaner and then twist beginning edge of the new roll in. There will be several twists on top of each other. If there is a little extra on the first roll but not enough to reach the next twist, cut the ribbon so it does not hang out.
If you run out of deco mesh and need to start a new roll, do the same as with the ribbon. Twist in the deco mesh and cut the edges that won’t make it to the next twist. twist in the next roll of deco mesh on that same twist.
Move to the outer row and continue all the way around and then move to the inner row. Secure the mesh on the back side of the wreath when you transition from outer row to the inner row.
When your wreath is done and all the twists have been twisted, you will need to go around to each loop and straighten and fluff.
If you decide to add something at the end use a pipe cleaner to twist it on. I used flowers and a pumpkin on my Thanksgiving wreath and holly and two ornaments on this Christmas wreath. If using flowers, cut the long stems off and twist them on with a pipe cleaner around the back.
The last thing you need to do to hang this wreath is to put pipe cleaner on the back where you determine to be the top of the wreath. Loop it though one of the rounds on the wreath form and twist.
Have fun! Your options are endless in how your wreath will look! They have so many colors of deco mesh! I’d love to hear about your wreath when you try this!