Hello fellow crafters! Yes, it has been a while since I last posted, however, I have a good excuse…I got a job! As much as I would love to say that this blog supports me and my crafting habit (which, by the way, can be quite expensive) it does not. Now don’t worry….I’m not pulling the plug on my tiny piece of the internet just yet. Crafty Kathleen will continue on and one day make millions (I hope) but for now…today’s subject…the world of deco mesh!
I think I first became aware of deco mesh a couple of years ago. I was at a craft show and a woman in a booth a few rows over from mine was selling these huge, colorful, whimsical wreaths. Some of them were some-what simple (fluffy, yet simple) while others were adorned with everything but the kitchen sink! At the time, I did not know what they were made of…I just knew that I had never seen anything like them before. After a bit of research (thank you Pinterest) I realized that these huge, ever so popular wreaths, were made of deco mesh (deco being short for decorative).
I must admit, when I saw my first deco-mesh wreath, I was not impressed. I’m not going to lie…I thought they were a bit tacky and….well…huge. Honestly, I cannot hang a deco mesh wreath on my front door because the door wouldn’t close properly. However, Ever since I started working in a position that allows me to experiment with different types of crafting materials…I can honestly say that deco mesh is, well, growing on me.
In my opinion, making a deco mesh wreath can be quite frustrating. I have found that it is definitely a trial and error process (practice makes perfect!). There are several different ways to make a deco mesh wreath. The first (and most common) is to measure a section of mesh, bunch it together and then secure it to a wire wreath form using pipe cleaners. You simply repeat this process until the wreath is complete (fluffing it out at the end). The second (and my favorite) is the curly version. This technique requires you to cut out all of your deco mesh pieces first, add ribbon, and then secure it all together with a pipe cleaner (this is called creating bunches). Once all of your bunches are complete, you then secure them to the wire wreath form and adjust as needed. The third version, which, by the way, I have never tried, is simply weaving the mesh in and out of the wire frame (no pipe cleaners required)
As I mentioned above, the world of deco mesh is growing on me, therefore, I have decided to make a few wreaths and see if they will sell at the craft shows I will be participating in this up-and-coming holiday season. If you are interested in making a deco mesh wreath..go for it! I do suggest that you view a few tutorials and visit Pinterest for some ideas. I purchased most of my supplies at local craft stores, however, I have found some awesome websites that sell some really fun deco mesh wreath supplies (see below). Have you ever made a deco mesh wreath? If so, I’d love to hear from you! Well…that’s it for now! Thanks for stopping by…and as always HAPPY CRAFTING!