How To Make A Deco Mesh Ruffle Wreath #decomeshwreaths
Recently, I saw a deco mesh wreath that had the mesh attached in such a fun and fluffy way that I inspected it to see how it was d...Recently, I saw a deco mesh wreath that had the mesh attached in such a fun and fluffy way that I inspected it to see how it was done. Although I couldn't find a tutorial on the internet of how to make this wreath, I decided to give it a try. I don't know what it's official name for this type wreath is but for now I am calling it a "Ruffle Wreath" because the high mesh loops remind me of fluffy ruffles. The original wreath used a standard wire wreath form. For the pink wreath an 18" form was used and for the blue wreath a 16" form was used. It may not be necessary but I like to paint the wreath forms for deco mesh wreaths in the main color of the mesh so it won't be as obvious through the open weave of the mesh. It doesn't have to be a perfect paint job...just enough to break up the visual lines of the dark green wires. In the past, I have used pipe cleaners (also known as chenille stems) to attach the deco mesh to wreath forms but the wreath I was attempting to copy had zip (or cable) ties attaching the mesh to the form. I wasn't sure if that was a necessary element in making the wreath or not but I was afraid not to use them. They are available in the electrical department of home improvement or hardware stores. The wreath I wanted to copy used clear cable ties but I thought those were too expensive so I went the cheap-o route and got this pack of 200 assorted sizes for less than $5. Sometimes Dollar Tree has zip ties in their hardware aisle. I've never used cable ties before so I looked on the internet to find out how. Here it is in a nutshell: The color of the cable ties leaves a lot to be desired so they got the same paint treatment as the wreath forms. Really, only a small portion of the cable tie needs to be painted if the color bothers you too...on the smooth side and near the head of the cable tie...that is all that might show. I did three at a time...it goes quickly...doesn't need perfection. To start attaching the mesh to the wreath form gather/pinch the mesh width-wise about 8" from the beginning of the roll. This leaves a "tail" that you will eventually pull to the back of the wreath form and attach. This first round of mesh on the wreath is the 21" wide size. Keeping the mesh pinched, place it on one of the wires. Attach the pinched mesh to the wire with the cable tie. The head of the cable tie should be on the backside of the wire wreath form. Bring the tail of the cable tie around the wire, on top of the pinched mesh, then again to the back. Be sure the smooth side of the tie is on the outside of the loop and the ribbed side of the tie is on the inside. Push the tail through the head of the cable tie and pull it until it holds the gather snugly on the wire. To keep the size of the poufs uniform, I found it reassuring to measure the mesh for this type wreath. For this larger wreath, the gathering/pinching spots along the mesh were 10" apart. I'm not sure the original wreath kept each color on a certain wire on the wreath form, but for this one I did... well, I meant to...I made a couple of boo-boos. This first color of mesh was (mostly) on the third wire from the center. Place your second gather of mesh about two to three inches from the first attachment point and secure it with a cable tie. Again the head and tail of the tie will be on the backside of the wreath for aesthetics. You might want to not tighten the cable ties as much as they will go until you see all your poufs to determine if they need to slide a little bit one way or another along the wire. Here is the backside of the wreath after the first color of mesh: Pull the beginning and ending tails to the back and secure them also. Here is the front of the wreath with one color: The second color of mesh on this wreath is a pink and white check. It was gathered and attached on the second wire from the center of the wreath form. It is also a 20" wide deco mesh. The different colors were started and stopped at different spots along the wreath form so the "tails" would not make one spot too bulky on the back. Here is the front after the second color mesh: Really, it is very full with these two colors and you could very well stop here but I had some pink "window pane" mesh that I also wanted to add too. The 6" mesh was a better color match so I went with that. The length of mesh is shorter on the smaller width mesh roll so I only put half as many poufs of it so I would have enough to go all around the wreath. It was attached to the outside wire on the wreath form with the cable ties. In the end less then half of the solid pink roll was left, more than half of the pink and white check was left and even some of the 6" roll was left. After the three meshes were attached the poufs were fluffed and pulled in towards each other to integrate the colors. When I was pretty happy with the way it looked, all the cable ties were pulled as tightly as they would go to secure the poufs/ruffles in place along the wires. The tails of the cable ties can be trimmed down on the back. This wreath turned out to be about 22" wide... ...and a fluffy, ruffly 10" deep. You could certainly add more embellishments to personalize it for a certain person or color scheme. If you would like a smaller version of the ruffle wreath, the basic techniques are the same, just use a smaller wreath form. All of these deco mesh rolls came from Hobby Lobby. They are the 21" wide version. The regular meshes are 30 feet long and are $9.99 (but can be bought with a coupon or when on sale). The window pane meshes are $13.99 per roll. Actually, I thought I had a roll of solid blue regular mesh to use for this baby boy's wreath so it turned out a little lighter than I had intended. The blue and white check mesh was attached with cable ties to the third wire from the center. The length between gathers along this mesh was about 8". The spacing between attachment points was 2-3" along the wire. Here is the first color halfway through: I learned that it took about 60 cable ties to do a wreath going around three times (I used three colors but you don't have to). Here is the back of the wreath after the first color: The tails of this first color got tied down with twisty ties 'cause I didn't want to run out of cable ties for the poufs. White mesh got added to the innermost wire of this wreath. The white poufs were still 8" long and 2-3" apart along the wire. Here is the wreath after the white mesh application: The different color mesh poufs in the above picture have been more or less integrated with each other by pulling the poufs towards each other and almost alternating the colors around the wreath. You could pull the poufs back from the center more if you like a more open center. Then the blue window pane mesh was added along the outermost wire of the wreath form with cable ties. The window pane poufs were also integrated in with the other meshes by pulling them in between the other colors. When you are happy with the look of the wreath, pull all the cable ties tightly and trim off their tails on the back. This wreath is about 20" across and about 10" deep. Although I didn't measure what was left on the mesh rolls when the wreaths were finished, I would say for this size wreath, allow about a half a roll (15 feet) per each time around the wreath form. Other embellishments were added to this wreath to go to a baby shower. The mom may also use it on her hospital door when the baby actually arrives. The cable ties on the two wreaths above held really well and did not slide along the wire after they were pulled tight. I was curious, however, to see if the same ruffle effect could be achieved by using pipe cleaners to hold the poufs in place instead of cable ties. Last year I never got around to making a Halloween wreath so I decided to do the experiment with totally different colors than the baby wreaths and get a head start on Fall decorating. A 16" wire wreath form was painted black on the front then 20" wide black deco mesh poufs were added to the third wire with black pipe cleaners cut into thirds. Even twisted tightly, the pipe cleaners allow the mesh to slide along the wire if they are not secured. One way to make the pipe cleaners stay in place is to glue them onto the wire. Another way is to use the left over "legs" of the pipe cleaners and twist them along the wire. Gluing is better if you have the time. After the black, orange mesh was added to the outermost wire. The orange mesh poufs (8" long, 2-3" apart on wire) were attached with pipe cleaners that had been cut into thirds. Here is the wreath after the orange mesh had been added: Michael's has started carrying a small supply of deco mesh in the ribbon department. The purple mesh came from there. It was added on the innermost wire of the wreath form with purple pipe cleaners. Since you can see the different colors of mesh more in this wreath, I wanted to show what the ruffle wreath would look like if you wanted to keep the poufs more separate and not pull them together and integrate them. Here is the wreath with the colors pulled together: To give the wreath a quick finish for now, this glittery spider on a web was added to the wreath. So, yes, you can use pipe cleaners to attach the deco mesh poufs to the wire wreath form instead of cable ties to achieve the ruffle wreath look. Either way, when you make one of these wreaths for yourself, you may have folks stopping to inspect it to try to determine "how DID she get that look?" just like I did.