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I like to change my decor for every holiday, which translates to having a lot of stuff to store. So whenever I can, I make things that can serve more than one holiday. For example, my 2 in 1 Heart/Shamrock Wreath2 in 1. It’s two sided and can even be easily changed to another two holidays. That wreath is one I use indoors. I always try to have a wreath on my front door as well. Those tend to be a lot bigger, therefore take up a lot of space in storage. I swear if I hang one more wreath in our workout room my husband is going to divorce me. A couple years ago I made a plain burlap wreath to use for Easter with a moss overex bunny and some carrots. The bunny was heavy so I wasn’t able to glue it on. It had to be wired. I like to wire things onto deco mesh wreaths anyway for three reasons. First because glue doesn’t stick real well on those wreaths. Second because it’s hard to get deorations in the right position because things weigh the mesh down and it tends to sag. Third because if what you are putting on it has any weight to it at, forget it. It worked out well, because when this year rolled around I was tired of the plain wooden heart I had been ha going on my door. No problem. I just took the bunny off the burlap wreath and added some red deco mesh. I wired the wooden sign right to the wreath and put some Mylar Heart wire around it and loved it. When Valentines was over, I took the red off and replaced it with geeen an shamrocks. In about 30 minutes I had a St. Patty’s Day wreath. So in this tutorial, I will teach you how I learned to wire just about ANYTHING onto a mesh wreath and give you some ideas for seasonal changes that are easy to make. Here’s what you will need:
- neutral colored mesh wreath or plain grapevine wreath (I like burlap for this.)
- If you plan to make it yourself wreath base, chenille sticks and 2-3 30’long x 21’wide rolls neutral deco mesh
- 1 30′ role of colored deco mesh, any width ( I used 21″ because it’s what I had, but I think 10″ would be ideal)
- wreath base
- 2-3 other colored or patterned wired ribbon
- pipe cleaners (AKA chenille sticks or fuzzy sticks) that matchyour accent deco mesh
- floral wire
- various floral picks in the appropriate season
- large focal piece
Making the Base Wreath
First you need to make your basics wreath or obtain a grapevine wreath in the size you want. I use this 18″ base that I I purchase at Walmart. Remember that a mesh wreath will be approximately twice the size of the base. For deco mesh wreaths I use pipe cleaners in the color of the mesh. It’s cheaper than buying those pre-made forms and you can always find a color that matches. Grab the end of the mesh or burlap and bunch it up. Tie it off on a section of the wreath with the pipe cleaner. Eyeball about 10″ of mesh and tie it off again. Keep doin this over and over until you make your way back around to the beginning. It usually takes me 2-3 rolls to make one of these depending on the width of the mesh. This is the formula I use…in the spaces I alternate 3 in one and four in the next. I also alternate between the wires from the second to the outside in. Then repeat that pattern in each of the spaces around the wreath. Now you are ready to put the accent color on. This is by no means the only way to make a deco mesh wreath rather just a quick explanation of the process. There are many great tutorials out there. I think this one from Crafty Morning is great!
Adding the Accent Color You are basically going to do the same thing as you did with the base mesh, except not nearly as much. You are going to tie a loop approximately once per section. This part you just have to play with to get it like you want it. Use a color of pipe cleaner that matches your accent ribbon. Now you are ready to place the accent picks.
This is where you are going to add some personality to your wreath. Floral picks work great for this because they already have a wire attached. I take 2-3 pieces of wired ribbon cut in 12″ strips and fold them in half. Then with scissors, snip a small hole in the very middle of the crease. With the ribbon facing up, insert the floral pick into the holes in the ribbons. Then fold the ribbons up and wrap a chenille stick around the base. You can then wire the whole piece into the wreath. I also like to do a few with just ribbon. For these you will only take the ribbon, crisscross them and fold them over one of the chenille sticks and twist. Scatter these in between the ones with the floral pick.
This can be anything from a sign or top end of a yard or plant pick to one of those cardboard pieces they have at the Dollar Tree. When you are wiring the piece on, you are only limited by your imagination. The shamrock used on the st. Patrick’s Day wreath is a Dollar Tree Piece. They have them for most holidays and they are light weight, perfect for wreaths. There are two ways to attach these. If it won’t show, take some thin floral wire and just wrap it around the piece and into the wreath. Easy Peasy. Now, if you cannot hide your, here’s another option. Put a generous amount of hot glue on the back of the piece. This works best if it is cardboard or light weight plastic. Fold the chenille stick in a “U” shape and fix the bottom of the u to the underside of the piece you are putting n the wreath. Use your scissors to hold the chenille stick in place until the glue harden. You may have to put some glue over the chenille stick as well. Once the chenille stick is firmly attached, wire the piece in like you would any other. Use as many chenille sticks in different places to keep the piece secure and in place.
Now, sit back and enjoy your wreath until the next holiday/season comes around. Since you wired everything into your wreath, all of it can be taken off, packed away for next year, and replaced with the new season you are decorating for. And here’s the finished product. I will post updates when I change it.
This technique can be used for wreaths that you not planning to take apart but for other wreaths that you want a focal point on the is large or heavy and does not lend itself well to glueing. Below are several wreaths that I have used this technique to secure signs, crosses, monograms and words.