Thursday, October 25, 2012

Make A Wreath Using Deco Mesh

Yesterday, I enjoyed a beautiful fall play day.  Did what I wanted to.  Shopped, bought things for fall and Christmas projects.  Enjoyed lunch out with Dan and took in the beauty of the foliage.  It's a good thing we did, because tomorrow we are getting storms and the temperature is going to drop a LOT.  That means a lot of that beautiful foliage will be on the ground and the trees will be much more bare than they are now.  Guess I actually made a good decision, at least that's what I try to tell myself.

Today, I did not procrastinate any longer since Halloween is next Wednesday.  From this pile of cut fabric, there will rise (like the Phoenix?) a Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Marvin the Martian costume.  There is also a bowling shirt and a bowling pin costume.  Will happily show you the finished products later.  Grandma has got to get busy!!

After I finished cutting out all the costume pieces, I was itching to make a new wreath for the front of the house with some lovely Decor Mesh that I found yesterday during my shopping spree.  The colors that I bought were a chocolate brown and a rust with gold metallic threads running through it.  I know, I know, I should be sewing.  It only took a few minutes.  Honest.

Last week while on Pinterest, I came across a wreath type gadget that can be purchased to use with the decor mesh.  It was metal with prong like projections that you twist around the mesh.  It had to be ordered online and was about $20.  Too much for my budget when I can create something similar from things I had in my craft room and I don't have to pay shipping.  Here is what I did.

First, I made a 16 inch circle from some wire that I had.
Next, I cut a bunch of chenille stems in half (pipe cleaners) and started by placing them at 12, 3, 6, and 9.  Then filled in with two more chenille stems between each mark at equal spaces.
Just put the chenille stem under the wire and twist it over the top to hold in place.

This is what the Decor Mesh looks like.  It comes on spools and this is 14 inches wide.  It also comes in 21 inch widths.
Here is how I made my wreath.

Start with the Decor Mesh by making a big loop, like half of a bow, and lay it on top of a chenille stem. Twist the chenille stem around the loop to hold it in place (like closing a loaf of bread) and make another big loop and continue around the wreath frame until you come back to the beginning.

Next, I used the chocolate brown and did the same thing, kind of alternating left and right between the rust colored loops.  Did I take a picture?  Oh of course not.  Got in a big hurry.  Sorry.

I had some fall leaves and weeds in silk that I added for a little color.  I just laid them between the big loops and used the chenille stems to hold them in place by twisting them around the stems.
Here is the finished product.  Unfortunately, the pictures don't show all the detail the way I would like, but it is a really gorgeous wreath.
Fluff your pouffes and pull them back and forth to get the arrangement you want.  This makes a really nice, big, fluffy wreath that has lots of texture and color.  It would be lovely on an indoor wall as it is very light weight.

I've already got my Christmas mesh and will begin my Christmas projects soon.  Remember, Christmas is exactly 2 months from today.  TWO MONTHS!  Yikes.  I have to get some costumes made so I can start on Christmas.  I swear every year that I will not be down to the wire finishing projects.  Of course, we all know better because "Procrastination" is my middle name.  If you plan on making your gifts, time to get busy!  Then again, you may already be finished because you don't need a 12 step program for procrastination.  I try, I really do.

Everyday Donna

Things to Remember:

"Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas."
Peg Bracken

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