What is the latest and greatest task I took on? Making the “oh so popular” mesh wreath. These pretty babies look like they take a lot of time and energy to make, but they really don’t. Here is a quick how to just for you!
First hit up your local craft store. I went to Michael’s. Almost all their crafting supplies are 40% this time of the year. I got my mesh from Costco. You get a 2 pack for around $6. Sam’s also sells the mesh. 1 roll is around $4 and some change. Mesh is a seasonal product at Sam’s and Costco, but crafting stores carry it year round.
Thank you Michael’s for all your festive items 🙂
Step 1: You need to take your wreath skeleton and attach pipe cleaners in each section. One pipe cleaner on the top and one on the bottom of each section. I bought the larger wreath, and realized half way through that the middle bar needed pipe cleaners as well. For the smaller wreaths, you can just do top and bottom of each section.
Pipe cleaners all the way around, top and bottom. For a larger wreath, you may need to put a few in the center.
Step 2: Keeping the mesh on the roll, and without cutting, grab it close to the end (with some excess hanging off) and attach it to the center or innermost ring of the wreath. Secure it tightly with the pipe cleaner.
Grab a section of mesh close to the beginning of the roll and attach.
Step 3: Keep looping small sections and attach with the next pipe cleaner. Make sure all your loops are around the same size. Don’t fold the mesh. The bigger the loops, the more full your wreath will look. The tighter the loop, the smaller it will be.
The bigger your loop, the fuller the wreath.
You will do this all around the inside of the wreath. When you have gone all around the wreath, bring the mesh to the pipe cleaner that you started with. Attach your mesh with that one again. This will help avoid any gapping.
Step 4: Now it’s time to move to the outside of the wreath. Without ever cutting the fabric, bring your mesh from where you stopped and loop it to the outer circle of the wreath. There should now be a loop from the inside of the wreath to the outside. Attach with a pipe cleaner, and continue all the way around the outside doing the same as you did on the inside.
Go all the way around the inside, then loop to the outside, following the same steps all the way around.
Step 5: (optional) I decided that the wreath didn’t look quite full enough, so I added an extra color. If you want to do that as well, follow all the steps again with your new color. I had noticed that the pipe cleaners were just hanging out and kinda looked messy, so I used the same pipe cleaners with the added mesh. This helped hide the pipe cleaner eye sores.
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…And again with the new color in the center…
Again, just follow the steps all the way around.
Step 6: (optional) If you choose to add ribbon, you will do the same steps with that as well. Just attach parts of the ribbon to any free pipe cleaner. If you have a section of wreath that looks a little bare, add some ribbon and have fun weaving it in and out.
Step 7: (optional) Throw in a few picks. Your craft stores will have seasonal picks at all times, so grab what you want depending on the type of wreath you want.
This project only took around an hour to do. It still needs a little additions like some ornaments and a few more picks, but it was super easy and fun to make!
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