Stroll down any street in a suburban southern town and you will see these beautiful, fluffy deco mesh wreaths adorning every door for every season, even Mardi Gras! It’s carnival time, ladies and gentlemen, and down here in Louisiana, we break out the Mardi Gras wreath when we are picking up the Christmas wreath. Why make another trip to the attic when you can grab it right then and there? Who cares that Mardi Gras is almost 2 months away, right?
When I was shopping for a Mardi Gras themed wreath for my own home, I just could not bring myself to pay $90 for something that I knew I could probably make myself for half the price they were asking, so I bought my supplies, rolled up my sleeves and put my creative hat on.
For $50 at Hobby Lobby (only because I bought that cute fleur de lis wreath hanger you see on my door), I made one of these beauties for myself and I even had enough supplies to make another for my mom’s door. That’s right, two wreaths for a fraction of the cost of one already-made wreath at a retail store or craft show, and it only took me 45 minutes of my own time. Now I call that a bargain! I must say that it was also a quite fun project and a great way to release some stress and creative energy, not to mention super easy! It’s a win-win!
Here is what you will need to make a Mardi Gras deco mesh door wreath:
Pipe cleaners (purple, green or yellow/gold)
Mardi Gras themed ornaments
Purple, green and/or gold deco mesh (2 rolls)
Mardi Gras crown and/or mask (or whatever embellishments you choose)
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Step 1: Secure Your Pipe Cleaners
I like to purchase a wire wreath form with pipe cleaners already attached like the gold one I used for this project, but you could also tie your own to your wire wreath frame. First, you will have to cut the pipe cleaners in half using a scissors or wire cutter. If you don’t have any pipe cleaners on hand, you may use twist ties (bread ties) or floral wire. Fasten a pipe cleaner around each spoke on all levels of the wire wreath form, fastening halfway between each spoke on the wire wreath form.
Step 2: Add Deco Mesh To Your Wreath
Grab a handful of deco mesh and secure it to the outside spoke of your wire wreath form by twisting the pipe cleaner around it, carefully securing it tightly in place.
Repeat step 2 all the way around the wire wreath form. At every pipe cleaner you come to, you will secure a handful of deco mesh until you reach where you started. When you get to that first pipe cleaner you used, you will twist it around your last puff.
Step 3: Add Deco Mesh To The Inner Levels of the Wire Wreath Form
Now you will go around each level of the wreath, working your way to the innermost level, just like you did in step 2. Continue to add mesh until the wreath is full and none of the pipe cleaners are visible. Don’t worry if you see any gaps in the mesh because you will fill those gaps with ornaments and embellishments to dress it up. Once your wreath is nice and full, you will use your scissors to cut your deco mesh. Secure your “end” to a pipe cleaner and hide any frayed edges from sight.
Step 4: Add Ornaments And Embellishments To Fill The Gaps
Thread a pipe cleaner through the ornament loop and secure to the wire wreath form by twisting the pipe cleaner on the wreath in the desired location. I would not recommend hot gluing the ornaments to the deco mesh since they are rather heavy and may easily fall off or weigh your wreath down creating a not-so-pretty look.
Add feather embellishments by inserting the ends between the levels of the wire wreath form and bending the ends to secure them in place.
Add a Mardi Gras mask or crown as your centerpiece or focal point in the center of the wreath. A fleur de lis would also look nice. To do this, simply attach an end of the embellishment to one of the levels in the wire wreath form and secure with a pipe cleaner.
If that seems difficult based on which embellishment you choose, you could try hot glue to attach it to the wire wreath form. Just please be careful not to burn yourself (speaking from experience).
Step 4: Give It A Last Look And Hang Your Masterpiece
Hold up your wreath to make sure that the ornaments and embellishments are secure and will not fall off the moment you hang it up. If something looks loose, simply tighten the pipe cleaner or add another pipe cleaner to hold the ornament or embellishment in place. If you see an obvious gap, add another ornament to close the gap. Secure all frayed ends of the deco mesh and hide them from sight. Lastly, hang up your masterpiece for all of suburbia to see. Your neighbors may be asking you what store you bought your wreath from!