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How to make a Delightful Deco-Mesh Carrot Wreath

Looking to brighten up your door this Easter? You’ve come to the right place! Learn how to make a Carrot deco mesh wreath and frame this spring! 

How to make this Carrot deco mesh wreath

Although I don’t decorate for every holiday, Easter is one of those times that I love to do something fun around the house, both inside and out. Maybe the arrival of Spring gets my creative juices going, and thinking that it’s time for all things new, or perhaps I just love bunnies! Either way, I have created more wreaths around Easter than at any time other time of year! This carrot wreath will forever be a favorite project, though, as a timeless design that will always garner compliments and bring a smile to my face – definitely one of my favorite seasonal crafts AND a favorite wreath craft!

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HOW TO MAKE A CARROT DECO MESH WREATH

None of my materials are exact amounts. The wreath was a figure-it-out-as-you-go kind of project that luckily turned out pretty great!

You’ll Need

Use these simple materials - ribbon, pipecleaners and floral wire - to make this Carrot deco mesh wreath

 

Prepare the form

Step 1: If using a ready-made form without ties, start out by adding orange pipe cleaners about every inch across and down your form. Don’t have a form? Make the DIY Deco mesh Carrot Wreath Form I used and created! The guide for making your own is available for free download to subscribers of my newsletter and can be accessed here!

Carrot Wreath - Printable Template

 

Add the Mesh

Step 2: Instructions show my DIY Carrot Wreath Form. To begin, use a 12″ strip to weave in the orange deco mesh strips starting from the bottom and working up. To do this, fold over the first inch of your strip and attach a piece of pipe cleaner to provide a tidy end.

Step 3: Beginning at the bottom, attach the strip to the framework by weaving the open ends of the pipe cleaner through the bottom section, then twist the pipe cleaner tightly to connect to the back. Attach a pipe cleaner 6″ down the length of deco mesh, then attach to the frame about 1/2″ past the first attached end, creating a loop.  Arrange the loop, twist the deco mesh if needed to follow the natural curl, and add a final pipe cleaner to the open end, again, tucking under the end and attaching to the frame.

Your Easter wreath will look like this from the front.

And will look like this from the back.

The key is to twist your deco mesh very tightly into a loop and to keep your loops tight together and relatively small.

Step 4: Continue to weave deco mesh strips up the frame, working from side to side, in the same manner, starting with a piece of deco mesh when needed, and looping and tucking as you go, up to, but not including the hanging handle.

Step 5: When you have filled in the frame, you will have something that looks like this – hopefully, yours will be a little tighter than mine was.. see the gaps? You can eliminate most spaces with a tighter weave on your grid. See the messy counter behind me? Just ignore that.

Step 6: If you do have a few gaps, you can use the orange grosgrain ribbon to fill in and mask it. Just weave a strip of ribbon, the width of the form, in and out on the back side of the frame.

Step 7: Attach the carrot “stem” using the tulle. I chose to stiffen the tulle first, as this wreath was going to be displayed outside. The humidity causes the tulle to go limp, especially if you are using a relatively fine mesh tulle, which is what I had on hand. To stiffen the tulle, begin by cutting your lengths of tulle. I used eight lengths of tulle, approximately 20″ long. I then sprayed the lengths with heavy starch and allowed to dry. If you live in a particularly damp or humid area, you could also use a thin layer of mod-podge to stiffen the tulle as well – This is just not what I did.

Step 8: When they were dry, I used the dark green pipe cleaners, cut in half, to attach the tulle to the frame. I folded the tulle strip in half and connected the pipe cleaner through the fold. I then attached the end of the frame just under the hanger and fluffed the ends.

Step 9: Lastly, I slip-tied a coordinating, decorative, ribbon under the tulle, and added a few corkscrew-curled pipe cleaners for a bit of whimsy.

Step 10: Hang it. And know, when Peter Cottontail comes hopping down the bunny trail, he’ll be making a stop at your house!

Please let me know if you have any other questions about this project or any other, or even if you just want to say “hey.” I love that!

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Basic to Bedazzling – a Pillar Candles Makeover

Turn plain white pillar candles into dazzling decor with twine and upholstery tacks! 

Pillar Candles Make over

It all started with three basic white pillar candles, a skein of hemp twine, and a whole lot of upholstery brads that I was supposed to return that I originally purchased for a chair make-over. I never got around to using them and then kept forgetting back – I’m notorious for not returning things!

After looking around and not finding anything, I decided to make my own.

HOW TO TURN BASIC PILLAR CANDLES INTO DAZZLING DECOR

You will need:

  • White pillar candles
  • hemp twine
  • upholstery nails
  • a glue gun and glue

How to make them:

  1. Glue the twine to the middle of your candle and wrap the twine down the length, securing with glue on the bottom.
  2. Add upholstery tacks along the top edge of the hemp by pressing them directly into the candle.
  3. Enjoy!
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This was so easy! I rarely burn candles, so I’m not at all concerned about burning down to the twine, but if you are someone who burns candles, I’d recommend using this method on an LED candle to be safe.
I love how they turned out. They match the room just perfectly – a little bit of texture, a bit of bling, and a teensy bit of industrial. What a perfect way to spend 10 minutes. What did you do today?

 

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Burlap Wreath with Felt Flowers Tutorial

Hi there! I’m so excited to be sharing this project with you and hope you find it easy to follow along with! We will be making a Burlap Wreath with Felt Flowers that looks something like this:

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For this project I used:

  • 1 yard of burlap fabric – 45″ wide
  • 1/4 yard each of three coordinating cotton fabrics
  • Glue and a glue gun
  • 1 Straw Wreath Form
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Felt, thread and adornments for felt flowers

What I did:

Using the free template I found here and following the tutorial I found here, I created three large felt flowers in one of my coordinating cotton fabrics. I skipped the beading for the center of the flower and used burlap. Here is a closer look at my flowers:

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For the wreath, I began by cutting my burlap into long 3″ strips. I wound the burlap around the wreath frame, in one direction, overlapping as I went, using glue to secure the ends. Here is a picture of the beginning of this step.

spring wreath - straw wreath form

Next, I looped my ribbon through the middle and pulled up to the top, tying off to keep it out of the way – and secured the loop with glue – the ribbon length will depend on how far you want your wreath to hang, but mine was about 40″ in length.

Next, I cut squares of 3×3″ from the burlap – these would become my ribbon edge! I did not count the number of squares I used, but cut them as needed – I would cut a 3″ strip, fold it over, and cut the squares from the strip. I used approximately 1/2 yard for this step. Folding each square in to a triangle, and then again in to a triangle, I glued each corner to the center of the covered wreath form. I repeated this step until I had gone all around the form.


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Here the wreath has a completed burlap ruffled edge.
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Next, I repeated the above steps using the coordinating fabric in your desired pattern, placing the fabric ruffles on the inside of the burlap ruffle. Again, I cut as needed.
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Lastly, I applied the felt flowers I made in step 1, to right bottom corner, hung the wreath.. and we have completion!
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Notes: I think using burlap ribbon would have significantly cut down on the time it took to make this project – at least for the ruffle border – I think I would still have used the fabric for the wreath form, as it doesn’t have an edge and I feel it would lay flatter because of this. If using the ribbon, I would cut the fabric size down to 1/2 yard and have an equivalent of 1/5 yard spool of burlap ribbon.
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