Thursday, August 30, 2012

How To Make A Curly Deco Mesh Wreath

When I saw the curly deco mesh wreaths on the internet recently,
I knew I wanted to find out how to copy them.
They have a fun and festive look to them with the deco mesh
being cut in short pieces then rolled into spirals.
how to make a spiral deco mesh wreath

My local craft stores don't have a good selection of deco mesh
but I heard of a store about a thirty minute drive away that had
more to choose from.  I drove over to check it out. 
 The store did have about forty colors of deco mesh
and also lots of wreaths made up for sale.
I took a sneak peek at the backs of the curly deco mesh ones
to figure out how they were constructed.

My shopping cart was full of deco mesh rolls at checkout.
The store did have the official deco mesh "work wreaths" for sale
but I found when I made some deco mesh wreaths a few
months ago that you really don't have to have them. 
A plain (and less expensive) wire wreath from the floral
section at the craft stores works just fine.

This one is a 16" wreath form and was $4 at Hobby Lobby.

Other supplies for the wreath were four rolls of deco mesh.
At the store I purchased these from, the plain colors were
$6 a roll and the ones with multicolors or metallic threads
were $12 a roll.  On most deco mesh rolls the mesh is 21"
wide and 10 yards long. An inexpensive pre-made little
scarecrow came home with me too as a wreath embellishment.

To make the spirals, use the entire width of the mesh and cut it
in 9" to 12" lengths (it doesn't have to be exact).  Tightly roll
the piece of mesh in the center and keep it pinched. 
The finished edges of the mesh will be on the ends of the tube.

Roll 4-5 mesh pieces this same way.  Try to keep them pinched
in the middle and collect the centers together.

Use a pipe cleaner (I think they are called chenille
 stems these days) to secure the centers together.
  Twist it as tightly as possible
to keep the centers rolled and secured together.

Here is what the spiral set will look like held together with
the pipe cleaner:

Place the spiral set on top of the wire wreath (the rounded
side).  Secure the spiral set onto one of the form's wires
with the pipe cleaner and twist it on tightly.

Take the left over pipe cleaner "legs" that are now on the
backside of the wreath form and twist them along other
wires on the form.  What you are trying to do with this step
is to keep the spiral set from moving along the wreath wires.
Twisting the "legs" tightly along paralell wires in a zig zag fashion seemed to work best for me but you might discover a better way
to keep the spiral set in place and not move around. 

Here's how the wreath looks with the first
 few sets of mesh attached:

The choice of colors is up to you.  I chose four fall colors but
you can vary that for the season or occasion you want. 
Your wreath might have more or less than four colors.

To look nice and full, it took about three mesh sets for
each section (where a vertical wire crosses over
the horizontal curved wire) of the wreath. 

Here's the wreath about half way around:
curly deco mesh  wreath
how to make a deco mesh wreath
At this point, I realized the wreath was going to be
bigger than I had thought it would be.
Here's the completed wreath from the backside:

Looks kind of like of like a sassy tutu!
Here's how my "no rhyme or reason"
 pipe cleaner attachment technique looked:

From the back, push the spirals in the middle towards the front of
 the wreath to add fullness. Another tip:  to help the spirals regain
their tightness, roll the individual centers around your finger.

Here's the wreath on a 32" wide door:
how to make a curly deco mesh wreath

Yes, it is large but it is easy to see from the street
and makes a big impact.

Remember my original scarecrow wreath embellishment?

I thought maybe he looked too small on that big wreath.

I got a  bigger scarecrow to try since he might be more porportional
to the 120 spirals of Fall fun.  However, he did cover up more of
the spirals...which one do you like best?
He was only $1.50 at Olde Time Pottery.  The total cost for this wreath was $35.
I did end up using most of the  deco mesh on the four rolls so I am calculating the whole roll. 
 I saw other spiral wreaths in the store I got the mesh from that were not as full as mine so
if you use less spirals, you might be able to get two wreaths out of the four rolls.

If you want at little less Fall fun with a spiral deco mesh wreath,
try this exact same technique on a 12" wire wreath form...
it will still be impressive but a little bit smaller than this one.
how to make a spiral deco mesh wreath

 Other ways to make door decor with the deco mesh is to 
go around the edge of a circle or heart wreath form or to make
a pumpkin, Santa belly, or Valentine going across a wreath form.
Also you can string the mesh along a wire to make a garland.


Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

This is an over-the-top fabulous wreath! I love how big and flashy and sassy and fun it is! Your door expresses a "BIG welcome" and lots of fun inside!!! Thanks for joining TUTORIAL TIPS AND TIDBITS with this great tutorial!

Gail said...

Love It! This is sure to be a big hit in blogland! It is really gorgeous and different from the usual pouf and tie mesh wreaths. I'm also sure your neighbors will be quite envious, too!

NanaDiana said...

OH HOW CUTE! Do you know I have never worked with that mesh stuff? Can't believe it myself. I think I need to find some of that and give this a try. Your wreath is just darling! xo Diana

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Cute idea and I just pinned it to Pinterest.

Honey at 2805 said...

The wreath is so cute, Kitty! Thank you for sharing your project at Potpourri Friday! Remember to enter the Home Depot Giveaway!

Debra H said...

I love love love your wreath. I bought 4 rolls of 10"x10" mesh. Have you made one of these curly mesh wreaths with the 10" narrow mesh? If so, can you tell how many rolls I would need to do a wreath the size of your's above? I'm just started and only made the puff-style mesh wreaths. Thank you, Debra

Mom40 said...

Love it! I had seen one like this on Facebook and wondered it I could make it. Now I know how!! Will probably be going to Hobby Lobby or Michael's today.

Nicki said...

I'm curious to know how you attached the scarecrow to the wreath without flattening the curls in the middle?

Suzzy said...

Thank u for this! I love your step by step tutorials. I love crafting, but have little skill for it! Love your blog too!

Unknown said...

You are a life saver! Making one of these for Christmas!

Sheri said...

Thank you so much for being generous with the details! Some people are so stingy with their instructions. You are a blessed giver.


LibrarianMim said...

Thanks you so much for giving directions on how to do this! I wanted to do it, but have had trouble finding out how. It is beautiful. I think the bigger scarecrow is in better proportion, but I would hang it either way! Great job!

Nancy Roshannon said...
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Nancy Roshannon said...

I just made this wreath with red, green and gold metallic mesh ribbon. IT LOOKS FANTASTIC!!! Your tutorial was so easy to follow that my nine-year-old daughter and I made it. I cut the ribbon and tied to the frame. She rolled and "twisted" each piece. It was very easy thanks to your tutorial. Thank you for posting!!

ahilliman said...

How many rolls did the one wreath need? I plan on starting next weekend and I would like to know so I can plan my budget accordingly.

Annie said...

Love your wreath and the tutorial was dead on!!!! I've made a couple Christmas wreaths from this DIY post of yours!!! Thank you!!!

Pamela said...

This is such a great wreath!

Ashley said...

Did you have any trouble with the mesh unraveling, and if so, what would you recommend to stop the mesh from unraveling.

Sthrngal said...

how many set did you make of the colors? I'm making a st patricks day and like the fullness of yours. please post or email:

thank you

Sthrngal said...

how many set did you make of the colors? I'm making a st patricks day and like the fullness of yours. please post or email:

thank you

teri zachary said...

Finally someone who knows how to do these has posted a tutorial. Thank very much for showing it in detail. It is beautiful. I love it!!

cc019ba0-b6fd-11e0-be52-000bcdcb2996 said...

Thanks so much! I used your instructions to make one in Mardi Gras colors! I love it!

Ashley Welton said... <<<< That is the link to the curly deco mesh wreath I made for sale in my craft shop on etsy using your tutorial. Thanks so much for your instructions!!! I love your blog.

Kim said...

Love this wreath! Can you help me with something? You stated the wreath frame was a 16 inch.....I bought one and it was really small compared to yours....could yours have been a 20 or 24 inch? Thanks. ... Kimberly.

Jana@Transformations From the Heart said...

This is the first time I'll seen one of these spiral wreaths. Love it and my first choice would be the little scarecrow man. Very cute project!

michelle said...

Awesome!!!! I bought some deco mesh and was trying to decide how I wanted to do the wreath. I am so going to use this method! LOVE IT!!!

bridget mingle said...

Hey! I love this wreath! I do have a question. Does the ribbon have wire in it?

Joan M said...

Thank you so much for your great instructions. Very helpful. Can't wait to make

Suzanne Pfonne said...

I bought the supplies and Hobby Lobby yesterday and made the mistake of cutting the strips too skinny and trying to tie them on. I wish I had found this sooner! This is great. Thanks! :)

Thalia Solis said...

WOW this is great very helpful and super easy diy. Thank you so much :)

TheWife3 said...

Thank you so much for taken the time out and show us how it was done. Wonderfully Done… I like this kind the best!

Patti Thorpe said...

The larger scarecrow is much better, the litter guy tends to get lost in all the spirals. Beautiful wreath!


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