Tuesday, June 17, 2014

How to Make a Mesh Wreath Without a Wire Form

So wreaths are one of my "thangs"  It's up there with  cool cups, ornaments, and shoes.  I can never have too many!

I think right now I even have somewhere over 20 wreaths posted on my blog already.....it's a situation here in our house.

I've seen so many adorable wreaths all over Pinterest....but holy crap they can be expensive to make! Just because they're homemade doesn't mean they're cheap.  And at over 20 wreaths under my belt it would add up to a small fortune.  That's why I like to keep my wreaths $10 and under....sometimes they only even cost me a few bucks.

I keep the costs down by not ever using the typical forms that people buy like the foam or wood ones. I always cut mine out of cardboard boxes....which are free....which is perfect for a cheap ass like myself.

I love the look of deco mesh wreaths but had never made one before because

 1. the mesh itself is expensive 
 2. they are made with wire forms = $$

My sister Bree found a bunch of mesh on clearance that perfectly coordinated with the color scheme we had for a party coming up.  So problem #1 was solved but there was still the issue of the wire form

After researching alternate ways I realized there wasn't one.  I'm sure there is somewhere out there.....but it definitely isn't well known enough that I could find anything.  Every single tutorial I found required the wire form. So that meant coming up with a solution myself



Here's what I did.......


Cut your mesh into strips.  I had the long rolls of mesh so I kept the length the same as it came and cut it maybe 6-8inches wide.  (Just a guess, I didn't measure)


 

Fold it down


Do the same to a different color and pair them together. Fold up some of the loose bottom parts and rubber band them in the middle to create what I was calling "bouquets"




Keep making these bouquets in different color combinations



The reason I folded the bottoms up was so create a sort of flatter bottom so they would be easier to glue down and also to make a messier less perfect look.  I like the raw edge poking out randomly around the rounded bouquets

Take your bouquets and glue them onto your cardboard circle.  It took me about 15 of these to fill mine the way I wanted


Before I started I debated wrapping the cardboard in some of the mesh or painting it a coordinating color.....but I got lazy and just went for it.  It turned out ok....you could only see the cardboard through if you got super close.  But next time I'll try not to be lazy and see if it makes a big difference or not

And that's it! Decorate it as you normally would and your done!  


Not too shabby for on the cheap

17 comments:

  1. What a clever idea! I love your wreath! I would love it if you linked this up to my Motivate Me Monday linky party at IT'S A ginger SNAP.

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  2. Try using a wire clothes hanger and hot glue pipe cleaners to it for a cheap work form

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  3. How many inches long do I cut the mush strips?

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    1. It says right in her instructions, the mesh is 21’’ long, and you cut it into 6’’ strips

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  4. You can use an old wire coat hanger and just shape it and there you are.

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  5. wire wreath forms at Hobby Lobby are $2.99 and they always have a 40% off coupon....I'm not sure it's worth all the gluing and bundling to save $1.80

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    1. If that’s what works for you and what you prefer then go for it :) nobody said you needed to do it this way

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  7. I have saved every scrap piece of mesh I've used. Finally, a way I can use them.

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  8. Try the Dollar Tree. I have bought wire forms there for $1.

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  9. The Dollar Tree has 14" wire forms. They also have rolls of deco mesh and chenille stems. You can easily make a complete deco mesh wreath for $5-10 (depending on how much mesh you use and any embellishments)

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  10. Cute and clever! I like working out of the box, too. I'm always looking for new and innovated ways to create something beautiful from mesh and flowers. Thanks for the post.

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  11. Cute idea. I say do what you want the way you want.

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  12. I tried that, but with weather I found that hot glue doesn't work in the heat and the cardboard is not great in our climate. We have enough rain it doesn't hold up! The first problem was easily solved by using a decorative ribbon to tie it on. The second one is solved by several of the suggestions you already have. You can also get 12" frames for $1.50 at Dollar general. The coat hanger and the dollar tree is great, but not always convenient for me.

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  13. They sell wreath forms at Dollar Tree for... $1 as well as mesh for.... $1 a spool thing.

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  14. This type mesh wreath perfect for me, the bouquets are easy. I'm getting stuff out to make Valentine wreath just as soon as I hit send.

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