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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Patriotic Deco Mesh Wreaths!



I love to work with deco mesh.  There are so many things you can make with it for the various holidays and it comes in so many colors and patterns.  It's also relatively inexpensive if you shop wisely for it.   Here is what you need to make a wreath this size and fullness.


A 24" work wreath, 21" roll of deco mesh, additional ribbon and embellishments of your choice. The work wreaths and the deco mesh can be hard to find, at least in my area. I usually end up ordering it online.  This is a good site to order the wreaths and mesh from: http://www.mardigrasoutlet.com/. Their pricing is good, the only downfall are the shipping charges which are a little high.  I get the additional ribbon and embellishments at Hobby Lobby when it's on sale and even at the Dollar Tree. 

To start, take one end of the mesh and twist it, then place it in the twist tie of the wreath and twist that around it several times.  Make sure to twist it down good.



The work wreath has two rows of ties on it.  One on the outside and one on the inside.  Work your way around the wreath alternating between an inside tie and an outside tie.  Gather the mesh up in your hand about 9 inches and twist it once, then place it in a twist tie and secure it.    If you are new to using deco mesh, it has a mind of it's own.  It will twist and go pretty much where it wants to go so don't try to force it in a certain place or shape. The beauty of it is, that is knows how to shape itself.  Once you are finished with the entire wreath, you can pull and place the ends into shape a little, but don't manipulate it too much.

See how it makes it's own poofs and swirls.  This roll of 21" mesh should finish a 24" work wreath just about perfectly if you space it correctly.  If you make your gathers too loose or too tight, just undo the twist tie and start over. After you make the first one, you will have the knack of it.  Once you have the mesh secured all around, you can attach a big bow made of coordinating ribbon, weave ribbon through the wreath by attaching with the same twist ties (they are fairly long), you can hot glue ornaments or beads.  I hot glued a lightweight USA sign that I got for a $1.00 at the Dollar Tree on this one.  Just use your imagination.


This is a different one that I made also using flags and little star ornaments.








15 comments:

  1. This is awesome!
    I'd love for you to link it up with my Super Link Party! :-)
    http://earning-my-cape.blogspot.com/2012/05/super-link-party-2.html

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  2. What a pretty wreath! I just love all things patriotic! Thanks so much for sharing the "how to". Visiting from Earning My Cape's Super Link Party. Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! :-)
    Sharla

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  3. I love patriotic and Americana also. Thanks for stopping by and the nice compliment. :)

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  4. I love your patriotic wreath and was happy to see you joined the Patriotic Link Party @ thecheckeredapple.blogspot.com Great tutorial and pics too! I also like your other wreath with the flags!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Diane

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  5. I hoped it was ok, Diane. I found you through the House and Bluebird Lane and loved your site. Thank you for your compliments. :)

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    1. You're welcome! And if you have any other patriotic posts to share, please come back again!

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  6. nice opinion. thanks for posting.

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  7. I love the mesh ribbon too! I love the slight shine that it has to it!

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    1. Thank you, Tammy! The mesh really is fun to work with. Now I can't get away from it...lol.

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  8. Congratulations! Your Patriotic Wreath received a feature in my Super Link Party last week! :-)
    I'd love for you to come by, grab a "featured" button, and link up with this week's party!
    Feel free to invite your friends, too! :-)
    http://earning-my-cape.blogspot.com/2012/05/super-link-party-3.html

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    1. Thanks for letting me know. I really appreciate it and all of your nice comments.

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  9. Just wanted to let you know that the Deco Mesh and work wreaths are on sale at Old Time Pottery in Middle Tennessee. I don't know if these are local stores or a chain. Good selection.
    I love your recipes, good home cooking!! Thanks
    Adele

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  10. Where do you get your twist ties? I have looked everywhere for this kind and can't find them.

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  11. Where do you get your twist ties? I have looked everywhere for this kind and can't find them.

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