I have been a very big fan of deco mesh wreaths for some time now. They are big, fluffy, and usually sparkly which is just my style. But the cost??? No thank you.
Last year my mom and I decided to go buy Lacey a Christmas tree for her room so we went to Hobby Lobby. To our great surprise there was a ton of Halloween stuff on sale for 90% off. NINETY PERCENT OFFFFFFFF!!! We pretty much bought a bunch of everything because the teacher in me thought that no matter what it was, I can find a way to make use of it.
Some of that stuff was deco mesh. A lot of it too. I decided to take a stab at making my own wreath with it. It is something that I totally recommend!! It was super easy, and cost wise, it is a tiny fraction of how much purchasing a complete one is.
I have always had this tiny wreath with jack-o-lanterns and I have never been happy with it. So if I was going to make a new wreath it was going to be large! I went to Hobby Lobby and picked up a bunch of things that I thought would look good on it. I also picked up the largest wreath frame.
Here is how I made my wreath:
You will need to cut enough chunks of wire so that you have two strands per section. My wreath frame had ten sections so I cut 20 pieces of wire that were about 5 inches long. You can use pipe cleaners instead which I recommend. It will be much easier than cutting wire. I used wired because I didn’t have any pipe cleaners that matched what my wreath would look like!
In each section, place one wire on the inside bar and one on the outside.
Pick which color/style of deco mesh you would like to be the prominent color. Bunch up the end and twist it into one of the inside wires.
Create quite a bit of slack and bunch it up until you get the fullness you want. It doesn’t have too look perfect yet, you will fluff it all up at the end. Twist some up in the next inside wire. continue this all the way around the inside wires until you get to your starting point.
When you get to your starting point, you will then bunch up like you have been but this time twist on the outside wires. Continue the same method on all of the outside wires. When you get to starting point for the outside wires, bunch up the end and wrap it in the same wire as the starting point and cut your mesh.
This is how mine looked after just the inside and outside were completed. Very thin but starting to look like a wreath!!! Next pick your accent color. I really wanted mine to be dark so I picked black,
Add more wire to the middle bars. You will complete the same method that we did on the outside edges with your accent color. Bunch up and go around the entire wreath until you get back to the starting point. Finish off by wrapping the end in the same wire as the starting point and cut your mesh.
Turn your wreath over and wrap up all of the loose ends of wire around the frame. This will really secure the entire wreath.
Fluff up your wreath to cover any “thin” areas.
After I did this I laid my wreath on the floor and placed the embellishments on it where I thought they would look good. Don’t glue just yet!! Sorry, I wish I had gotten pictures of this step but I was in the zone! Haha!!
When you are happy with your placements, use your hot glue gun to secure your embellishments.
This is how mine turned out! I am pretty happy with it. Sorry for the poor picture quality… it was pretty late at night!! I ended up grabbing the witch that I had hanging on a door handle and she ended up fitting perfectly. I am pretty sure I got her at the dollar store years ago.
My plan is to raid this year’s 90% off to see if there is anything else I can add for next year. I love over-the-top decor so I feel like mine needs a bit more.
Trust me, this is such an easy craft. I am looking forward to making one for every single holiday now!