Summer is approaching and memorial day and the 4th of July are right around the corner. In the spirit of all things red, white, and blue, I am sharing how to make this pretty patriotic DIY mesh wreath. This is my first experience with mesh and I am hooked, such a fun and flexible medium to work with!
- 18″ Wire Wreath Form
- Red Pipe Cleaners (28)
- Red, White and Blue Metallic Striped Mesh (1 roll)
- Assorted Ribbons
- Rustic Flag Star (optional)
Step 1. You’ll start by tying the pipe cleaners around the wire wreath layers. Each layer got 9 pipe cleaners. (I started out with just the top and bottom rows but after working through the mesh I decided to do it fuller and added in the middle layer. This will be easier if you tie on the pipe cleaners in the middle layer at the beginning.)
Step 2. Bunch up the mesh and start tying it down beginning on the top outside layer. Twist the pipe cleaners around the mesh to hold into place and leave the excess pipe cleaner facing up. (You’ll use these to apply ribbon later)
Step 3. Now you’ll want to create “poofs” in between each tie to create fullness. Continue around the wreath form until you reach the beginning.
Step 4. When you reach the beginning, you’ll pull it tight to the front and start repeating the process on the bottom layer.
Step 5. Continue around and repeat on the middle layer.
When you get to the end, create the final poof and connect to the back to finish off. Trim the end and tuck it into curves. It will look something like this. At this point you can either tuck in the pipe cleaners and leave it as is, or you can embellish it further with decorative ribbons.
Step 6. You’ll trim down various ribbons to apply to the wreath. The length will depend on the fullness of your wreath. (I did 12″ but ended up trimming them down) Another tip* I used several narrow 1/2″ ribbons and I think that wider ribbons would have stood out more.
Layer together several ribbon and twist them down using the pipe cleaners. After they are secure, twist the pipe cleaners around to the back to hide the excess.
To finish it off, I added a cute rustic star hanging down the center.