I love finding new ways to use deco mesh in addition to making fabulous wreaths with mesh. I came up with this idea about 2 months ago but I am just now finding the time to get pictures taken and instructions typed.
Here are the instructions for creating an adorable Easter egg decoration using a round wreath form. Please feel free to share and to change it up to make it your own.
- 20-inch wreath form
- 21-inch deco mesh ribbon, this example uses mesh with foil
- wired ribbon
- embroidery ribbon, color to match the deco mesh
- silk flowers, small & flat
- hot glue
Let’s get started…
1. Shape a Round Wreath into an Egg Shape
Bend the wreath form into the shape of an egg by placing the wreath vertically on top of a table and then using your hands, gently press down on the sides of the wreath form until it bends into an oval shape. Then move your hands up towards one end of the oval and gently press down more; this forms the more narrow end of the egg. Typically, the wreath form bends fairly easily without problem; however, this time (the time I need to take pictures) one of the frame’s crossbars popped off but I decided I would include this in my instructions in order to show you how to fix this in case it happens to you as well (I will show you how to fix later in the post).
Once you have your wreath into the shape of an egg, wrap the needle ties around the wire wreath form like so:
Once all the needle ties are wrapped around the wreath frame, the wreath is already looking like an egg. In fact, this is cute just as it is! Can’t you just imagine hanging these at different heights to use as decorations, you could even use a 24 & 30-inch wreath forms for various sizes?
Before we move to the next step, let’s go ahead and hot glue the vertical support bar that popped off back into place. All we need to do is hot glue it back into place and let the glue harden completely.
2. Measuring the Deco Mesh
Measure 3 pieces of deco mesh that are long enough to wrap around the front and sides of the egg shape. I used the egg frame as a guide before cutting the mesh which measured to approximately 25 inches long. Remember the wreath form used in this example is 20 inches; if using a 24 or 30-inch wreath form you will need to increase the length of your mesh pieces as well as overlap the layers to increase the mesh width.
Stack the 3 newly cut sheets of mesh on top of each other and lay the egg frame upside down on top of the stacked mesh pieces. Use the egg frame as a guide for trimming the corners off the layers of mesh. Make sure not too trim to much as you want the mesh to be able to wrap up the sides of the wreath form and over the outer frame.
After trimming the corners off, your project should look similar to this. You may need to use a spool of ribbon as a weight to help hold the mesh flat while trimming.
3. Attaching the Deco Mesh
Thread the needle with the embroidery thread and working in sections, tightly wrap all three layers of deco mesh up and around the sides of the wreath frame (I was pleasantly surprised that the mesh folded easily around the wreath form.) Tightly sew around the outside ring of the wreath form. Sewing is definitely not my thing so I made the thread as long as possible but still manageable in order to rush through it. LOL! I had to re-thread the needle three times using my rush-through-the-process method. 🙂
Here is the size needle I used:
Sew all the way around the wreath form making sure to pull the mesh taught but not too tight so that it doesn’t stretch out of shape.
As you can see below, the needle goes under the outer wreath frame, through the mesh and back up around the wreath frame again. Once I sewed all the way around the wreath frame, I sewed the entire wreath frame a second time for security.
4. Trim the Excess
As you can see, once completed with the sewing there is excess deco mesh gathered on the back.
Here is another design using the same materials. My daughter likes poofy, so I made a poofy version for her door.
Check out these other great wreathers who are thinking outside of the box when it comes to deco mesh…or should I say “wreath circle”…
What other creative ways have you seen deco mesh used?