Since today is the first day of Fall and such (although, here in the desert that is really not a season. I mean, the thermometers are still well into the 90s and the cactus needles don’t change colors!), I thought I would start a little Halloween wreath to put on the door. I am a week early in putting this up – but I got it done and I wanted to get it out there. I will continue with the rest of the Halloween décor next week once it is actually October! Alas, I gathered all of my goodies and began thinking of how I wanted my wreath to look.
When I first looked at the mesh wreaths I thought they looked quite intricate and time consuming. In fact, the most time consuming part is choosing how you want it to look, what colors you will use and how to embellish it. For me, today’s project was a little more time consuming just because I had a few interruptions (lunch with my bestie!) and a dog who kept trying to get her entire 80lb. body between my 2 feet (not certain what that is about…I think she is still trying to figure out why I am home all day!).
Alas, I thought I would share my ‘how-to’ on these easy-peasey wreaths. Hopefully, if you haven’t already, you will make one for yourself.
For many years I thought you had to have a special wreath form with the wire twists already attached to them. Oh how much money I could have saved myself if I would have only figured out sooner that a very inexpensive wire floral wreath and some chenille stems in a matching color would do the trick quite nicely. I just twist my chenille stems spaced along the wreath form on the various levels of wire. You will be going back and forth with the mesh, so the stems will be covered up. Once you have all of the chenille stems on the wreath form, you will be ready to roll!
To start, you pick a place on the wreath and begin by sticking the end of your mesh on the center of your chenille stem and twisting the stem around the mesh to hold it firmly in place (think of a bread twist tie and twist it 2-3 times). Then leave about 10” of mesh before you secure to the next twisty. Make certain to go ‘high’ then ‘low’ on your spacing so that it looks even as you go around. Once you start, you will get a feel for the right amount of mesh and spacing. Sometimes I go around the wreath form twice, and sometimes only once (like here, as I knew I was going to use the smaller black mesh over the orange, and then use ribbon as well). Leave the tails of your stems/twisties long as you will be using them for other mesh or ribbon as you choose.
Once you have finished with your base mesh layer (be it one round or two rounds) you can start with your next ‘layer’ of mesh. I used the smaller width in black for my second layer. Again, pick a spot and start twisting the chenille stems around the mesh to secure it…leaving the ‘tails’ for your next layer and/or embellishments.
Then I added my ribbon layer – following the same steps as above. Once you finish this layer, take some time to ‘fluff’ all of the mesh and ribbon up and out – so you understand the fullness of the wreath and the placement of your embellishments and bow(s)
Here is the step that I failed in getting photos – adding the embellishments! After I was done I realized I didn’t get any shots. Nevertheless…it is super easy to add them as you are using the chenille twists to secure them on to the wreath at the various places you would like. I like to lay my embellishments on my wreath and play around with placement before I secure anything.
Once you add the bow (if you choose to do a bow) then you can go around the wreath with some wire snips and trim down the excess chenille stems so they don’t show. When you hang it on your door you will be able to see where you may need to ‘fluff’ or adjust the mesh/ribbon. Some people use wreath hangers – but our neighborhood has metal screen doors and the wreath hangers make it difficult to close those doors. So, I will weather use a zip tie or another chenille stem to attach the wreath to our door. Both hold up well – the chenille stems seem to do a bit better with the Arizona heat – but use what works best for you.
- Look at the Target Dollar Spot for embellishments. Catch them right at the start of the season and you will find CUTE stuff for your seasonal wreaths. The Dollar Stores also have several things you can use.
- Avoid using hot glue on anything for these wreaths. If you are in a hot climate like I am, it will just melt outside. If you are in a colder climate, it will end up cracking and lose its hold that way. You should be able to attach all items with the twisties.
- Watch Michaels and Hobby Lobby (even JoAnns) for sales on ribbon and mesh. This weekend I found the mesh and ribbon on sale at Michaels for 50% off. When this happens – stock up if you can! The ribbon was the same…which made it $1.50 a roll (10 yards!). They have sales like this often at this time of year.
- Grab a few jumbo bags of chenille stems. This time around I got sparkly black and plain black. I also have a variety pack in pastels and primary colors.