Bright decorative wreaths bring in a bit of the outdoors for the holidays and lend a festive air to any Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or Solstice celebration. Finding a quiet moment to make your own crafted mesh ribbon wreaths will help to balance the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season too.
Tie a Bow Around It
Create one large bow out of your favorite mesh ribbon to place at the bottom of the wreath, or make many smaller bows and sprinkle them around the sides of the wreath. Anyone who can tie her own shoes can make a bow, so this decorative technique is great for beginners. You aren't restricted to just making single-loop bows either. Cut three pieces of mesh ribbon and stack them on top of each other while you tie the bow. Then pull the loops out to the sides, fluff them up, and you'll have a triple bow.
The nice thing about mesh ribbon is that most of it comes with wired edges. This means when you twist and pull the bow loops, they stay where you put them. Wired mesh ribbon not only eliminates sad, droopy bows, but you can turn bows into flowers by simply twisting the loop sideways at the center knot and spreading the loops of a triple bow open to look like petals.
When using wired mesh ribbon on your holiday wreaths, you can make almost anything you can imagine, and the wire will hold it in place like tiny scaffolding. Make a cornucopia out of mesh ribbon by rolling up a length of ribbon and then pulling the inside loops out and curving them as you pull. When you do it right, you'll have a curved funnel shape that you can put lightweight toys or decorations into, and the see-through mesh ribbon will offer tantalizing glimpses of what is within. Pin your cornucopia to the wreath using paper clips or florist's pins and create a fun and unusual look.
Skip the Greenery
If you're tired of the traditional evergreen wreaths that you have to dispose of after the holiday season, skip the greenery and use polystyrene rings to create your wreaths. Paint the polystyrene rings with water-based spray paint or hand paint with latex-acrylic paints in red, green, silver or gold. After they dry, use a combination of two or more mesh ribbons to wrap the hard-foam form. The mesh will allow the color of the ring to peak through while also providing a grid to thread silk flowers, glittered pine cones and ornaments into your wreath. Using durable natural elements and durable silk ornaments produces a long-lasting wreath you can use for years to come.
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