I have a small spot above my mantle that is perfect for a small wreath. I have not pulled out my Christmas decorations yet, and I was not sure what to do with it.
Recently at the dollar store, I came across several rolls of mesh, and Christmas duct tape. I quickly picked out a couple of rolls in each color. I like the look of mesh at the craft store, but it is a not cheap, so to find it for only $1 was quite the find.
Since it was the first time I used the mesh on a wreath, I looked online for a tutorial. All of the tutorials I found used wire wreath forms. I had one, but it was a bit too big for the space. I did have several small foam forms, and I was hoping to use on of those instead. I used the basic concept of wrapping the mesh, but adapted it to use it on a foam form. The first thing I did was wrap the foam form with a layer of mesh.
There are gold strands of thread running through the mesh, so I knew my gold pipe cleaners were a good match for this wreath. I wrapped the anchor pipe cleaner around the top of the wreath and twisted it on the back side.
I then twisted a gold pipe cleaner on the mesh about eight inches from the anchor pipe cleaner.
I made a loop with the mesh, and then secured it with the pipe cleaner a few inches away from the first pipe cleaner. I continued to to this until I had gone all the way around the wreath. I ran out of the first roll of mesh just as I had twisted the last pipe cleaner, which was perfect timing.
The first time around the wreath looked sparse, and sad. It's okay though, because it will look much better with a little more mesh.
Using the second roll of mesh, I began filling in the wreath by alternating the mesh throughout the mesh that was already there. Once I was happy with the amount, I secured it on the back with one of the pipe cleaners. I then adjusted the mesh, until I was happy with it.
I hung it on a hook with another pipe cleaner. I still might use a piece of mesh, or ribbon. I also might some more embellishments. Since it is so close to Christmas, I may leave it as is because it would transition nicely to my Christmas decor. Now that I know how easy it is to work with mesh, I will have to find something to make with my white and silver rolls.