Halloween Mailbox cover tutorial using Deco Poly Mesh® and the new Work Creations Ribbon. We do have Work Creations Mailbox Covers coming in......but actually this new Ribbon piece works really well especially for a standard size mailbox. The finished mailbox cover measures about 16-17" in ht and depth and about 20-21" in width.
The Work Creations Ribbon is a wire frame about 4" in width (metal pieces) and 22" in length. It has about 11 metallic twist ties and is available in many colors. The metal can be bent so we shaped it into a mailbox type cover and proceeded ahead with our Halloween mailbox cover.
Supplies included a Purple Metallic Work Creations Ribbon, Lime Green and Orange Wide Foil in the 10" width and a new Black with Lime Green Foil.
This mailbox cover was made using the ruffle technique, so the first thing we did was to cut 20" lengths of our mesh, cutting three layers at a time.
We use a 24" x 36" self healing Omnigrid Cutting Mat
and a 45mm Fiskars Rotary Cutter
(these are available at Amazon and we have included our affiliate links.)
If you haven't tried a rotary cutter ad cutting mat, please consider getting one if you do a lot of work with Deco Poly Mesh....the cutter is really a time saver....an the mat is great protection for your craft table top. To read more about these great tools check out the Blog post
that we did a while back.
Each roll of 10" mesh (10 yards in length) will yield 18 rolls that will be turned into ruffles. Each Work Creations Ribbon should have about 11 twists.....so actually you should be able to get two mail box covers from these three rolls. We're going to use three layers of ruffles on our cover, but you could skip around here and there with that third layer and stretch your materials to make two mailbox covers.....one for yourself....and one for a friend)))
Cut eleven 20" strips and just let them roll up and push them out of the way or drop in a box beside your table. Deco Poly Mesh has a natural tendency to roll up as you can see.
Place a length of mesh out flat lengthwise, you may have to use scissors or something to hold one end, and just scrunch up the middle in a gathering motion. I apologize for my photos for this tutorial......usually Carrie is doing the work and I'm just taking the images....she's out of town this week so it was just me and the camera.
Hold the pinched mesh in the center making a "ruffle."
Choose a twist on your frame (doesn't matter where you start) and place the ruffle in the twist and secure with a couple of turns.
Make another ruffle and place in another twist and continue around the frame alternating your styles of mesh.
If Carrie and I were working together, we would probably make three ruffles, alternating the colors, and secure them in a twist all at one time. When working alone, it seemed easier to go around the frame once, then twice, then the third time.
This is the mailbox cover with one layer of ruffles. Depending on the look you want to achieve, you might even stop here with the ruffles and add in some ribbon strips, Deco Flex Tubing, sprays, etc.
This is the mailbox cover after three layers of ruffles. Much more dense at this point.
Turn the cover over and push mesh toward the outside. During the work, some of the ruffles may poke down into the ribbon rail.
Also you may find that you need to add a twist here or there to "even out" your work. It's no problem. Just add a chenille stem to the frame and make yourself another twist. We keep some metallic chenille stems that work great. Use the entire length of the chenille stem, if you cut it in half, you'll come up shorting yourself a bit especially when you're applying ruffles three deep.
Next a Halloween sign was chosen to use on the mailbox cover. This Halloween Boo Sign
is about 19" in width and made of glittered metal. We have several more signs that would be good options, some made of plastic that will be arriving soon.
A small dowel was wedged in the wires on the back of the sign and then secured down in the mailbox cover with a zip tie to the frame. This worked okay with this type of sign and allowed it to stand up above the cover. It could have also been placed on the side of the cover.
Sorry, this is not a great image and we don't have a pretty mailbox at the shop to use in photographing! Our mailbox at the shop is an industrial business size....but we just wanted to show you the approximate size on this over sized mailbox. I think the mailbox cover will be just right for standard mailboxes.
The Work Creations Ribbon is certainly a good option for mailbox decorations until the real Work Creations Mailbox Covers come in....and less expensive too)))