Friday, March 22, 2013
This deco mesh wreath is hanging on the front of our house and is very easy to make. I also discovered something when making this wreath. Up to this point, I have been using a wire wreath frame for deco mesh and it takes WAY more of the mesh than making it this way using a straw wreath for the foundation and greening pins. If you don't know what greening pins are, they are "U" shaped metal pins using in floral arranging. You can buy them in any craft store and they are super useful for straw wreaths and floral arrangements.
To make this wreath, I used a 14 inch straw wreath form. I made big loops of deco mesh and pinned them to the straw wreath, first on the left, then to the right, zigzagging around the wreath. Continue around the wreath a second time filling in the blank spaces. Easy, easy, easy. I used only 1 roll of the mesh which I found at Wal Mart cheaper than any place else. It cost less than $15 for the whole wreath. I have used as many as 3 rolls making other wreaths. I like this way a LOT!
If you look closely, you can see the ribbon I used for extra texture and contrast. The best part about this wreath on the front of the house is birds haven't built a nest in it. I love natural looking wreaths, but they always end up a mess because birds nest in them and you know what happens without my explaining. It ruins the wreaths. Oh well.
This whole project took about 20 minutes. It couldn't be much easier and it is so colorful on the front of the house. It actually shows up better than any wreath I have made to go on the cedar shake. Yay! Score one for the deco mesh.
Since spring is officially here and we are only one week from Easter, you might want to give this project a try for your home. This mesh is super lightweight and is great to hang inside or out. It comes in a variety of colors and can be found at Old Time Pottery, Michael's, JoAnn's, and Wal Mart here in Nashville. It comes in two widths - 10 inch and 21 inch. I used the narrower width for this wreath. You can be very creative with it, there are no set rules. Go crazy, use your imagination, have fun! Let me know what you make. Better yet, post a picture.
Things to Remember:
“Creativity is not so much a boundless well, but an all-you-can-eat buffet of elements for your creative endeavor. Eventually you've eaten your fill, and it's time to digest and then make something. But at some point, it will be time to return to the restaurant.
Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration