How to make a mesh wreath!

For a custom wreath, you may pay $50 all the way up to $150!  Crazy right?  So, I am going to show you how to make your own.  Now working with mesh is no easy task…it takes a lot of patience and a lot of practice.  The first thing I do is chose a ribbon I like.  Then I chose the mesh in complimentary colors based on the ribbon I chose.  Good luck and let me know if you have any questions.

The materials you will need for this wreath are as follows:

1) 21″ mesh

2) 10″ mesh

1) wreath form (this is 15″-24″ wreath form but you can do smaller or larger)

1) 2 1/2″ by 10 yard ribbon

1) Wooden unfinished letter

This picture shows the wreath form and the ribbon and mesh I chose for my wreath.  Some supply companies make wreath forms in different colors so you can purchase one that matches your mesh.

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The first thing I do is cut the ribbon into 12″ strips.  Then I cut them.  Fold the ribbon in half long ways.  Then fold the end you are going to cut on itself.  Cut it at an angle toward the outside of the ribbon.  This gives you a nice finished look.

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Now this is the hard part.  Take your 21″ mesh, unroll it about a foot, go from the outside of the mesh in and gather it in your hand (like an accordion pleat) keeping it pinched tightly leaving about 6″ overhang.  Attach this to your mesh wreath starting on the outer wire.  I twist the stems around the mesh twice (kind of like twisting a bread tie) to make sure it’s secure.  Move up the mesh another 12″ and make another pleat and attach to the next stem.  Do this all the way around the outer wire of the wreath.  Make sure when you are attaching the mesh you make them all 12″ or it will look unbalanced.  When you get back to your original start point attach another pouf and then move to the inner wire of the wreath.  When you are finished cut the mesh leaving a 6″ overhang to make it easier to attach. Now cut the excess mesh you left at the beginning and end.

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Now you have a pretty base to your wreath.

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Now I cut all the 10″ mesh in 8″ strips and roll them.  Pinch the center of the roll and attach them all the way around your wreath on top of the 21″ mesh.  Make sure you attach them well or they will come loose.

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Now it’s starting to take shape and fullness!  Now time to add the ribbon!

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Pinch the center of the ribbon and attach around the entire wreath.  At this point, you need to fold the stems over and under the ribbon so you can’t see them.  Pinch the ribbon over the exposed top of the stem.  Now it’s time to add the letter!

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You can either spray paint or hand paint the letter (your choice – I hand painted this one). I hot glue fishing line to the top center and bottom center of the letter and put a piece of tape on top of the hot glue to make sure it stays.  I use fishing line so you can’t see it on the wreath.  I cut the fishing line 24″, fold the fishing line in half and make a loop. I then hot glue the loop to the letter leaving me two ends to tie to the wire part of the wreath. Cut your excess fishing line.  You have to dig for it in all the mesh but it works great.  Fluff up your wreath and there you have it!  Gorgeous wreath I made for $24 (everything was on sale of course).  Let me know what you think!

XO,

Stacey

 

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