Happy (almost) 4th of July!
Having a big summer cookout or just want to add something festive to your front door?
I just got done decorating my front porch and wanted to share!
A decorative mesh wreath is not that difficult to make — and I’ve included instructions below for how to make your own. I learned from a book by Leisure Arts, which is where these instructions come from. I’ve included pictures of the wreath I made in progress to try and help clarify the written instructions.
Supplies You Will Need:
16” diameter wire wreath frame
10 yard roll of 21” wide deco mesh
5 yards 2 ½” wide red/white/blue striped ribbon
3 yards 5” wide ribbon
Wired star garland
5” foam ball, cut in half
Matching chenille stems
Assorted red and silver glittery and sequined floral picks
Hot glue gun
1. Twist 22 chenille stems around the wreath frame, alternating between the inner and outer rings and evenly spaced on the rings.
2. To make measuring easier, mark your work surface with tape pieces 16” apart. Gather the mesh end.
3. Place the gathered end over a chenille stem. Twist the stem to secure.
4. Measure 16” from the secured area and gather, keeping the gathers as straight as possible.
5. Place the gathered area over the next chenille stem. Twist the stem to secure.
6. Continue measuring, gathering and securing loops until there are only 6 chenille stems without mesh loops. Check to make sure you have enough mesh for the remaining 6 loops. If there is not enough for 16” loops, adjust the last 6 loops to be a bit smaller. Once the wreath is finished, you won’t be able to tell the difference.
7. Fluff and arrange the loops until the wreath is circular and has a pretty shape. I highly recommend using chenille stems that match your mesh! 🙂
8. Arrange the second layer of red/white/blue striped ribbon, poking it in amongst the mesh loops. Smooth curves look the best.
9. Secure the ribbon with the nearest chenille stem.
10. Add another layer the same way of the wired star garland.
11. To attach the foam base, use a serrated knife to cut a 5” foam ball in half.
12. Twist 4 chenille stems together for 1”. Poke a hole in the center of the foam ball half and insert the twisted stem end. Nestle the foam ball half between two mesh loops and securely wrap the stems around the wreath frame.
13. Add the red and silver picks to the foam base, gluing if necessary.
14. Make a ribbon bow, and add to the foam base with glue.
And, now you’re done!
I hope you all have a safe and happy 4th of July!