It’s gone viral and everyone wants one…I’m talking about the deco mesh snowman wreath!! And why shouldn’t it??? It is adorable! I tried to locate the original Pinterest poster but I had no luck, so if you know who the original picture belongs to, please let me know so that I can give them credit. When a customer requested one of these Frosty’s, I posted the completed wreath on my Facebook page and it was SO popular! I asked my followers if they wanted a tutorial and of course they said YEESS, so here is my version of the popular deco mesh snowman wreath including tips you may not have thought of! This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
First let me apologize as I had problems with the mic on video below, so I had to record a voice over (scroll to bottom for video). Please let me know if you have any questions by commenting below.
1 -24” white work wreath form
1 white work garland or you can use pipe cleaners
2.5 rolls of white 10″ deco mesh
26” of white 21″ deco mesh
1 large orange chenille stem for nose (Hobby Lobby) UPDATE: If you can’t find the chenille stem use a small artificial tree (those used with train sets) and spray paint it orange, or a styrofoam cone painted with acrylic paint.
2 -2” black pom poms
4 -1” black pom poms
4-5 black chenille stems
2-3 white chenille stems
1 top hat
Approximately 5 yards 2.5” wired ribbon in any pattern you prefer
12” cake board
12 x 18” white craft foam
Awl or Punch
Hot Glue Gun
Step 1 – Prepare Wreath
Start by first fluffing the wreath. When you first get your wreath, it will be flat and you need to fluff the wreath and make sure to pull the twist ties up, out and away from the base. Turn the wreath over and make sure that there aren’t any sharp edges, if so push them forward.
Using a piece of the work garland we are going to form a cross in the center of the wreath. Trim the twist ties off the end to reveal a long piece of wire. Use the straight edge of the wire garland to wire around the work wreath frame. Stretch the garland across to the other side, clip off the excess and secure it around the wreath frame. We are creating a base in the center of the wreath so that we can attach deco mesh into the center.
Do the same thing going across the wreath in the other direction with another piece of garland.
Trim off any twist ties you do not need, including one in the center since we already have one. Use the center twist ties to secure where the garland pieces cross.
Note: If you don’t have this garland, you can use floral wire, double up pipe cleaner or use zip ties, just make sure it is white.
Step 2 – Adding Deco Mesh
Stack two rolls of 10” deco mesh on top of each other to speed up the cutting process. Roll out the mesh and use an anchor to hold it in place (my stapler). Use a rotary cutter to cut the strips 10″ long. Put the strips to the side and continue to cut until all the mesh is used from both rolls.
Note: I like to use a rotary cutter to make the cut cleaner, which helps to prevent some of the unraveling that happens with deco mesh.
You will need the third roll of mesh to use for filling in any bare spots, I used about ¼ of this roll.
Attach the deco mesh by using the “ruffle technique” and pinching the center of each piece. Do this for three pieces of mesh and secure these three pieces under one of the twist ties. I started on the out ring but you can start anywhere. Continue attaching three pieces of deco mesh into each of the twist ties on the wreath and the cross bar until it is filled up.
Use extra pieces of deco mesh to fill in any bare spots. Since you don’t have a twist tie, use a half a pipe cleaner to attach it to the wreath. You can use 3 pieces of mesh for larger holes and one or two pieces for smaller holes.
There will be holes where you created the cross piece in the center. To get around that, move the pipe cleaner towards the end of the mesh pieces before securing it to the wreath. This long mesh will fill in the hole.
Make sure all the mesh is facing upward and not stuck under a twist tie.
Step 3 – Make The Nose
Cut the 1” chenille stem 24” long. Wrap it around the cardboard center of a deco mesh roll to help get it coiled. Remove it from the cardboard and use your hands to make the tip tighter and the base wider, shaping it into the shape of a carrot. Leave a 3” tail on the end to wrap around the center of the wreath form.
There you have it, Frosty’s nose.
Step 4 – Bow for Hat
First, wrap the ribbon around the base of the hat leaving a tail. The length of my ribbon is a little over a yard but measure out what fits your hat. Tie in a knot on the front of the hat and put aside.
To make the bow, unroll some of the ribbon from the roll which makes it easier to work with. Form a small loop and pinch and gather around the back. This forms a pleated knot on the front which will be the center of the bow.
The back side of the ribbon going towards the ribbon roll will now be facing up, to turn it over to have the good side showing, just twist it keeping the twisted section in your fingers. Pull the ribbon out and back under forming a loop. Measure out a 3” loop (if your hat is smaller, use smaller loops). Twist the ribbon again always keeping the good side of the ribbon on top. Make a 3” loop now on the other side of the center loop and twist the ribbon. You should now have what looks like a bow tie.
Keep forming 3” loops until you have six total, 3 on each side of the center. Make one additional loop longer, which will be the bow tail when cut in half. Twist the ribbon again and then cut the ribbon from the roll leaving a 5” tail.
Use floral wire or pipe cleaner to run through the center hole and around the back. While holding the ribbon and wire tight in one hand, use your other hand to fluff and maneuver the loops into shape and position. When you like it, turn your hand over and twist the bow to make the wire tight around the bow loops.
Step 5 – Adding Eyes & Nose
First, you may want to make your wreath hanger now or you can do this afterwards, whichever you prefer. I added it now so that I can hang the wreath up to work with it. Use a chenille stem to make a wreath hanger.
Before adding the hanger, make sure that one of the twist ties is on the top left of the wreath where you want the hat to be positioned.
Attach the carrot nose into the center of the wreath by pushing the end through the mesh to the back. Turn the wreath over and wrap the tail of the nose around the wire on the cross on the back of the wreath. Use the center twist ties on the front of the wreath and run them up through the center of the carrot to help support its weight.
Step 6 – Attaching the Hat
Use the 21” mesh and gather it in the center, untwist the twist ties where the hat will go and attach the mesh strip. This added mesh will help support the weight of the hat.
Position the hat on the wreath to get a measurement of where you need to add wires. Remove the hat and use a punch or awl to pierce the fabric on the hat making two holes on the side under the sash; the sash will help hide the wire. Thread a black pipe cleaner into the holes.
Do this on the other side of the hat, making two holes and threading pipe cleaner. Sometimes it is tricky to pierce the fabric and it takes patience but you will get it. Do the same thing on the back of the hat with two holes and a pipe cleaner.
Attach a fourth wire to the brim of the hat making holes and threading pipe cleaners. This will be used to secure the hat brim when we fold it under behind the wreath.
Place the hat on top of the wreath pushing the added 21” mesh up, under the hat. Twist the pipe cleaners on the side of the hat to the wreath frame. Don’t tie them all the way down at first, just enough to hold it in place. Once those are wired, then wire the pipe cleaner on the back of the hat.
Once you like the position of everything, turn the wreath over and tighten those three pipe cleaners tight.
Bend the brim of the hat back so that the wreath will lay flush when hanging on the door. Use the pipe cleaner attached to the brim to twist it to the inner ring of the wreath frame and twist tight.
Cut all the pipe cleaners short.
You will see in the video below, I noticed that the hat was still floppy, so I attached another wire to anchor it in the front by doing the same process of making two holes and threading the pipe cleaner and wiring it to the back of the wreath frame. So there are a total of 5 pipe cleaners holding the hat in place.
Cut and hot glue piece of artificial pine or holly to stick under the bow.
Step 7 – Backing
Use the cake circle as a template and draw a circle onto the foam. If you don’t have a cake circle you can use a pencil and string. Cut the circle out of the foam and turn the wreath over on the table. Add a dollop of hot glue to the top of the circle and attach to the needle ties on the back of the wreath. When it is cooled, attach another dollop of hot glue to the bottom in the same way.
Then move to the sides of the circle, hot gluing in the same manner. Once that glue cools, add more hot glue in between those four places or anywhere that is needed.
Step 8 – Cleanup
Feel free to use wire cutters and trim the needle ties shorter, especially if they are covering up a facial feature. Also use scissors to trim any of the long frays off of the deco mesh. You can also add more mesh now if you see more holes.
There you have it, a deco mesh snowman wreath. Here is the full video on each step above.
I teach how to make more wreaths like this in my ebook, www.learndecomeshwreaths.com.
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