Here is an example of the wreath with wide foil mesh instead of fabric mesh (balls in this image are 70 mm size and we used three ball ties. The current kit will contain smaller balls so it will take six ball ties)
11/6/17 Some of the initial products used for this kit have sold out and now the kit will contain a few different products.
2017 Poinsettia Wreath Wide Foil Mesh Gold 50mm Balls
XX751106 24″ Emerald Metallic Pencil Wreath – 1
XX167824 10″ Red Pencil Wreath – 1
RE134124 10″ Red Wide Foil Deco Poly Mesh – 1
RE134106 10″ Emerald Green Wide Foil Deco Poly Mesh – 1
XX085108 50mm Gold Pencil Ball Ties – 6
12/15/17 Update: Kit available with a few changes. A plain emerald green wreath rather than metallic and 70 mm gold ball ties (which are larger) and will only require three. Purchase Kit Here
Note: The products used for this tutorial will be available in a kit – while supplies last. After the kits and/or individual items have sold out, we will still leave the tutorial up since other products can be chosen and the same basic instructions followed.
Work Wreath: We started with the 24″ emerald green work wreath. Our 24″ wreaths measure 15″ across the widest metal ring, but with the addition of mesh, ribbons, etc, you wind up with a wreath that measures 24″ or greater.
11/6/17 Update: Kit will now contain a 24″ Emerald Green Metallic Pencil Wreath. This is the same size wreath as used before, only metallic in color and ties are of the pencil size instead of the work wreath size. (Work wreath size is about like the limbs on a Christmas tree.)
Fabric Mesh: We chose a new product this time for making the poinsettia wreath. Previously we have made one out of paper mesh and poly mesh. This new fabric mesh is a combination product made of Polyester, Polypropylene and metallic. The polyester really gives it a nice, soft fabric feel versus pure Polypropylene which is more plastic. The metallic gives a nice shine to.
11/6/17 Update: Kit will now contain 10″ Wide Foil Red Mesh and 10″ Wide Foil Emerald Green Mesh. Instructions are the same and look is essentially the same. All mesh ravels, clip strings (instead of pulling) at end and anytime warranted.
The fabric mesh was 10″ in width and 10 yards in length. We wanted to put two “petals” in each twist around the 24″ work wreath. An average 24″ work wreath has 18 twist, so we needed 36 pieces. We cut the mesh in 10″ lengths, so we were able to get 36 pieces from one roll of emerald green fabric mesh. However, if you roll doesn’t allow you to cut quite that many, don’t fret, have only one petal in a couple of twists will never show!
We cut our fabric mesh using an Omnigrid Self-Healing Cutting Mat and a Fiskars 60mm Stick Cutter. These are not tools that we sell on Trendy Tree, but they are extremely helpful and we have included our Amazon affiliate links to make them easy for you to find. You can also get replaceable blades for the stick cutter.
To make your petal, just let the mesh roll up in it’s natural state, pull one corner to the center and the opposing corner to the center, they can overlap a bit. Then pinch it together making a sort of “petal” Open up one of the twist on the outer ring of the green wreath and secure the petal with a twist. Gently push the petals toward the outside in a “V” fashion.
Make a second petal, the same way, open up the twist and lay the second petal down. Now you can re-secure the twist with three or four turns and push both petals toward the outside. You can tuck the tips of the twist to the inner part of the wreath to get them out of site. You can also add both petals at the same time, by holding one finished petal in your hand, or with a clothespin or chip clip while you make your second petal. Here’s some images of the steps for the petal. The image is of a different product, but the technique is the same:
Let me mesh lay on it’s “back”
Pull to corners to the middle, overlap a bit.
Pinch in the center.
Flip it over so the “cut” edges are on the underneath side.
Secure in a twist.
Push to the outside in a “V”
Continue working around the emerald green wreath placing two petals in each twist. Be sure to open up the twist before laying down the second petal unless you’re putting two in at the same time. Tuck the twists to the inside of the wreath, out of the way.
Outer petals finished.
After the outer ring is finished, move to the inner ring of the emerald work wreath and add to petals to each twist in the same fashion.
Outer and inner rings finished. Twists pushed to the inside of the wreath.
The petals won’t be quite as crisp as they are with paper mesh, but the fabric mesh still works very nicely. It will ravel also as does all woven mesh products. It helps to clip strings versus pulling. You may have to clip some along the way if they get tangled up and then clip again when you’re finished.
We attached the wreath using four large zip ties. Secure the zip ties around both wreaths but don’t pull tightly yet. After you get all four attached, tighten up one a little, then another and so forth so your wreath will stay centered and not be off to one side.
The 10″ pencil wreath actually measures 10″ across the widest ring. Doing the “stacked” method for this project makes for a larger wreath and the leaves show more.
Once the 10″ wreath is secured, just snip off the end of the zip ties using wire cutters, not your scissors.
Before you start adding your red petals, you need to place a couple of chenille stems across the center of the 10″ wreath to provide a place to add in some extra petals once you’ve gone around the outer and inner rings on the 10″ wreath. Just make a “crossbar” by attaching two chenille stems. We also reinforced the center with another chenille stem.
You cold also use zip ties or a few strands of floral wire or heavier wire for this step too.
Next you’re ready to make your red petals out of the red fabric mesh. We cut the entire roll up into 10 pieces. The fabric mesh is the same material as the emerald green mesh. These two mesh products don’t have to be the same, you could use Deco Poly Mesh for leaves and or the flower petals, paper mesh or poly burlap.
The red petals are made the same way as the green. Just place two petals in each twist, starting on the outer ring of the 10″ red pencil wreath.
After the outer ring is complete, move to the inner ring and add two petals. Be sure to continue to push them toward the outside in a “V” and tuck the tips of the twists to the inside of the wreath.
After the outer and inner rings are complete, we still have a fairly large size opening to fill. This is another reason for using the stacked method of wreaths. The 10″ pencil wreath has a small opening in the center than a 24″ wreath.
To fill up this center more, now we are going to make “picks” out of two petals. Make the red petals in the same fashion, but this time hold the two pinched petals in your hand. Take half of a chenille stem (red if you have it) and place the chenille stem over the pinched area, twist from the back under the petals making a “pick.” Here’s a image of a “pick” (it’s from a previous tutorial, but technique is the same).
Spread the chenille stem over one of the four crossbar stems and secure the “petal pick” from the underneath side.
Make three more petal picks and attach them the same way, placing one over each of your crossbars.
Now with the addition of the four extra picks (8 more petals total), we have filled in the center a little more.
You should still have a couple of pieces of red mesh and I usually just hold on to these until I’m finished in case there is a hole or gap somewhere that you need a little extra mesh.
You can flip the wreath to the back and work on making the twist neater if you like.
Personally, all I worry about when looking at the back is to make sure there aren’t any sharp edges exposed that might scratch your door or wall. Now if you need to put a wreath on a glass door…you have to cover the back with something.
Ball Ties: The pencil ball ties are so handy! They are a great tool for making garlands, securing things to your tree or wreath and much more. The balls on these pencil ties measure about 1.5″ If you have seen some of our previous poinsettia tutorials, the balls may have been a little larger and we may have used less pencil ties that we are today. But for this wreath, we put three in and then decided to add two more. You can just experiment with the fullness you want in the center of your wreath, you might not want to use them all. Five ball ties will be in the kits though.
To add the ball ties, place the ball up through the middle of your cross-section from the back. Put one ball in one quadrant and the other in the opposite quadrant. Insert another ball tie the same way. Gently twist the balls together, being careful not to pull the ball tie off it’s stem. Just keep adding the ball ties from the underneath side until you get the center as full as you like. Again, be careful not to twist them so tight it pulls the balls off the tie. If this does happen, use a little hot glue to re-secure.
12/15/17 Update: Gold ball ties in this kit are a bit larger than the ones listed above. They are about 2.75″ in diameter and only three ball ties will be needed instead of five. They are placed in the center of the wreath the same way. Image below shows the difference in the size. This is the same size as some we have used the past for flower wreaths, but the ball ties are always difficult to come by! Here’s a image with the same size silver ball ties.
This pretty much finishes your wreath! Just check the back for anything sharp and clip your string. You can make a hanger for the back of your wreath using a chenille stem or zip tie.
Folks have asked if we spray our wreaths with anything when we finish and we don’t. Course we’re not in the wreath making business, we’re only doing tutorials to show you how products can look. We have experimented with Craft Bond Spray Adhesive on paper mesh, but we have not tried that on this fabric mesh which is all together different.
I would just say, experiment with a scrap and see what you think. I do know that when we sprayed petals or ruffles with the spray adhesive it does become VERY sticky and you have to gently spray each petal individually and lift each one out a bit so they don’t stick together. You can’t just spray around the whole wreath or you would have a sure enough sticky mess. Again, experiment. Everyone’s home climate is different and what might work for me, might be a disaster for you.
The wreath measured about 28″ on completion. We hope you enjoyed the tutorial and remember, you can make this in a variety of colors, wreath colors, mesh types etc. And just for future reference, this spring we’ll have a new “flower center” to fill in the hole! Can’t wait until they come in)))
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