March 7, 2012

Twig Works Deco Mesh Wreath Tutorial

Twig-Works wreath forms are an exciting new DIY product that make crafting custom deco mesh wreaths easy. The natural-looking texture on the wire form is perfect for rustic and natural-looking wreaths. Below you will find instructions on how to make this wreath with 21" wide deco mesh and a round wreath form. We also show ideas on how to make it into a St. Patrick's Day wreath with shamrocks and a springtime or Easter wreath with garland.

SUPPLIES
Scissors & something round like a pencil

Optional:

All of these products are available for purchase at www.mardigrasoutlet.com.

The total cost of the supplies for this wreath is about $15, without any additional decorative accents.

Twig-works wreath forms are made of moss green and brown wire, resembling twigs. It has pre-attached twig shaped ties which makes creating a custom wreath with deco mesh simple. This popular natural look works well with grapevine garland, burlap, moss rope and ribbon. It also comes in bigger sizes and different shapes such as oval, square, a cross and even in garland form.

Twig-works are similar to Work Wreath forms, which have wire ties that are covered in tinsel instead of a mossy twig texture. *Twig works are measured by the true diameter of the work form, as opposed to the standard work forms that are measured by the completed wreath size. Therefore, this 15" twig works wreath is the same size as a 24" work wreath form.

Poly Deco Mesh is a type of synthetic, soft plastic fabric netting that comes in many colors, patterns, sizes and finishes. It holds its full shape and is durable and waterproof enough for outdoors. Click here to see more options.

DIRECTIONS
STEP 1
First, open up the wire ties so you can easily place the mesh in between each pair. Bunch the end of the mesh and secure to a set of wire ties on the inner ring. Twist the wire ties around the bunch to secure.


STEP 2
Now you will form a puff. Gather about a 9" length of mesh, working from each side as shown.  Fold as you gather the deco mesh in the center for an even, fuller looking puff.

STEP 3
To secure the puff, place the gathered section into the next set of wire ties on the inner ring. Twist the ties several times to secure the deco mesh. Pull and fluff the deco mesh puff out.

STEP 4
Continue around the entire inner ring, gathering, attaching and fluffing the mesh puffs. There is no need to cut the mesh between the puffs.

STEP 5
Once you have filled in the inner ring, move down to the outer ring without trimming the mesh. Fill in the entire outer ring with puffs, just like the inner ring.

STEP 6
Once the outer ring of the wreath is filled in, trim the excess deco mesh. This wreath form uses up most of the deco mesh roll.

STEP 7
Your last step is to curl each of the twig wire ties, to make them look more natural and organic. The easiest way to form curls is to wrap each wire around a pencil or pen.

You're Finished!

ST. PATRICK'S DAY WREATH
Now you have the option of adding decorative accents on your twig works wreath. For a St. Patrick's Day wreath, simply insert shamrock floral picks (available here for about $4) into the wreath, and twist the twig wire ties around them to attach. 

SPRING WREATH
For a spring wreath or a rustic style, add natural grapevine garland as shown below (click here to purchase, about $11). Use the twig wire ties to attach the grapevine. You will need to go around the wreath twice with the grapevine, and then cut the excess. To make it an Easter wreath, attach some Easter eggs and a pretty spring colored bow!


DECO MESH FLOWERS
In our next blog post, we show you how to make deco mesh flowers to help make this wreath bright and cheery for spring.

6 comments:

  1. i am looking for measurements to make a 6" deco mesh wreath.

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    1. Are you wanting to use 6" wide deco mesh or are you trying to create a 6" wreath? The 6" wide deco mesh ribbon is really too narrow to fill in a wreath. I would use that size for an accent or to make bows.

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  2. you make wonderful wreaths. Thanks for the ideas.

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