Winter Wonderland Deco Mesh Wreath

Hello again!

Last week’s snow has really gotten me into the Christmas spirit. Contrary to most of my co-workers and clients, I went into work grinning ear-to-ear and singing carols. I just love this time of year! Granted, it is currently 50 degrees and rainy, and all the snow has melted. But they are calling for snow showers on Thanksgiving! Such is life in northwest Ohio – if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute and it will change.

Now, being as I’m all in the Christmas-y spirit (I may or may not have pulled out some snowflake pajamas with the snow this week), I decided now would be the time to share my winter deco mesh wreath I made a couple months ago. I don’t have a full photo tutorial because I was trying out a new (to me) method of weaving the mesh into the wire frame and I had no idea if it would turn out, let alone how great it turned out.

Blue Winter Wreath 001

I used nearly two rolls of 12″ x 35ft of mesh ribbon in an ice/baby blue. I started by using a piece of pipe cleaner to attach one end of the mesh to the wreath from the back side. Then, working with the mesh at back of the wreath, pull up loops of mesh from the back to the front, one loop for each the three spaces in the wire frame. Initially, I worked back and forth from the inside ring to the outer ring, then from the outer ring to the inner ring. But I quickly realized this method was giving me more loops in the middle space of the wreath and making it uneven, so I switched to only working from the inside of the ring out.

Attach mesh with pipe cleaner. Use blue or white - I used red for contrast in the pic.

Attach mesh with pipe cleaner. Use blue or white – I used red for contrast in the pic.

Pull up loop of mesh from the back to the front in the inner-most ring.

Pull up loop of mesh from the back to the front in the inner-most ring.

Pull up loop in middle ring, again from the back to the front. Fluff loops as you go to get even fullness.

Pull up loop in middle ring, again from the back to the front. Fluff loops as you go to get even fullness.

Pull up loop in outer ring.

Pull up loop in outer ring.

Now go back to the inner ring and pull up another loop. Continue pulling up loops, working from the inner ring to the out ring, until desired fullness is reached. Secure end of mesh with another pipe cleaner.

Now go back to the inner ring and pull up another loop. Continue pulling up loops, working from the inner ring to the out ring, until desired fullness is reached. Secure end of mesh with another pipe cleaner.

Once I had the mesh to the desired fullness (sorry I didn’t count how many loops I did in each section), it was time to add some flair. I used some silver snowflake “garland” (similar to this) and some silver beaded garland (think mardi gras beads) and draped them around the wreath, attaching it to the back with pipe cleaners once I had them laid out wear I wanted. (Be Aware, the garland will droop with gravity once you lift the wreath up, so you may have to do more adjusting with pipe cleaners to get it to lay where you want).

After the garland was done, I attached a silver bow (you can buy one pre-made, or make your own using a bow-maker).  I then added 3 white-painted pine cones and 4 white plastic snow flakes spaced evenly around. The pine cones were attached with floral wire wrapped in the base of the pine cone. The snowflakes were a little trickier. I used fishing line to tie around the center of the snowflake, then slid a pipe cleaner under the fishing line on the back of the snowflake and twisted to be sure it was attached firmly, essentially making a snowflake lollipop, which I could then attached to the metal frame.

And voila! A stunning, classy, new twist on the winter wreath!

Blue Winter Wreath 005

As always, questions and comments are welcome. I would love to hear from you!

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