To get into the swing of decorating, I decided to make a new wreath yesterday. It is my first craft project in well over a month, and the first one in my new place. I didn't really need a new wreath, my burlap one from last year is still in good condition.
|Fall 2011 Wreath, painted burlap.|
Lately, I've been obsessed with Deco Mesh. I love the fullness it gives the wreaths, and how easy it is to manipulate while still holding it's form. However, I do not like the price of the Deco Mesh wreath forms, which is essentially a wire wreath form with wired tinsel attached. After purchasing one on clearance at Hobby Lobby to make a Cardinals wreath, I immediately knew I could make my own.
|Cardinals Wreath, with hand-painted sign. First Deco Mesh wreath I made!|
|Wire wreath form, with pipe cleaners.|
This was more than enough for my wreath. I think there are a couple that I didn't even use. Next, I began by putting my Deco Mesh on the form. I used the really wide rolls for this, and it took almost a whole roll to go around the form. I started on the inside, and went around then moved to the outside. I only tied it at the crossbars. I fluffed each loop out a bit as I went, this makes the next step easier!
|Orange Deco Mesh, first layer.|
Now, the most important thing in decorating these kinds of wreaths is to layer everything. I think it makes the wreaths look a little less...crazy. My next layer was burlap ribbon, which I zig-zagged across the mesh, skipping one tie each time.
|After adding the burlap ribbon.|
At this point, it still looks a little smashed and uneven, not very pretty at all. After I finish adding my layers, and before gluing, I fluff each of the loops to my satisfaction. It is much easier to hang this on a door, fluff and step back to look before fluffing again. After the burlap, I added some fall ribbon and raffia. I think the raffia really pops against the burlap.
|You can't really see the ribbon in the photo, because it is a sheer wire ribbon. It blends in, but the wire allowed me to help keep some of the mesh loops in place.|
As you can see, there is still some fluffing yet to do. I do my final fluffing once I hang it on the door. Now, I take my flowers and other decorations, and start placing them. I leave the wires on the flower, so I can move them around easier. I do not glue anything into place yet, as I want to make sure I like the placement before gluing.
|At this point, I decided I needed a bow, yellow flowers, and some leaves. A quick trip to the store resolved that!|
To glue the items in place, I remove the stems from the flowers, put a bit of hot glue around the base, and stick them through the mesh. The scarecrow had a stand attached, so I left the rod in place, and glued it directly to the frame.
The final product: