I’ve seen deco mesh wreaths every where and not long ago I had one of those moments when I said, “I could make that!” The prices on these beauties usually begin around fifty dollars and go up from there. I’ve seen them for as much as ninety-five dollars on Etsy! I was sure I could make one for less than twenty dollars and I’m happy to say I was right about that.
While assembling one is not difficult, it is a bit tedious, but the result is worth the effort! Using a wire form wreath, chenille stems, deco mesh, burlap ribbon and assorted sea shells, I made this one in about two hours.
I purchased a 24″ wire wreath and one 21” roll of mesh. I’ve used the smaller rolls of mesh, but they don’t give the fullness that really makes the wreath look great. After selecting the color of mesh, I searched for chenille stems (pipe cleaners) that would match. Having no luck with that, I used white ones and just made sure they were well hidden.
To start, cut the chenille stems in half and twist one about every 1.5” along the inner circle of the wreath, leaving the two ends of the stem open enough to be able to place the mesh between them.
Pinch the mesh together at the end and place inside the two ends of the first stem. Twist the ends of the stems around the mesh to hold it in place. There is really no right or wrong way to do this. Just make sure that you twist it tightly to keep it secure.
Gather the mesh and let it bubble up. I’m sure there is a better term for that, but that’s what it looks like to me. I’ve seen it referred to as accordion style, so maybe that’s a better word. Secure the next section of mesh into the next chenille stem.
Continue to work around the inner circle until you have the desired fullness.
Do not cut the mesh. The great thing about mesh is that it is very pliable and can be twisted in place from the inner to the outer circle.
Twist chenille stems along the outer circle of the wreath form and repeat the process of bubbling up the mesh and securing it into the stems.
Once you’re happy with the fullness, cut the mesh and secure the end of it tightly into a stem.
I used a few pieces of white mesh to add a little color variation. After cutting several pieces about 10” each, I folded each one over and tucked it between the circles of the wreath, making sure it fit snugly. The finished wreath is embellished with sea shells, star fish, and a burlap bow, all hot glued in place. The raffia is threaded into the mesh.
I made this for less than twenty dollars and I’m pretty pleased with it! It hangs above my lighthouse display cabinet in my breakfast nook.
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