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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 or deluxe Deco 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. Next you're ready to add your second wreath. Stack the 10" red pencil wreath right on top of the 24" emerald green wreath. It fits nicely in the center. Attach 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. *Note You may can eliminate this step if you are not using pencil tie balls. For instance, if you use the premade flower center, you can just position it in the center and secure with some hot glue or better yet, place about a 2" piece of a wooden floral pick in about four places. Use the floral picks to secure to the wreath form with chenille stems. 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 (or deluxe) mesh. 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. Make the red petals the same way as the green. 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, you will 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 so just hold on to these until you're finished in case there is a hole or gap somewhere that you need a little fill. 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. *Note Omit this step if ball ties are not available or use the premade flower center. There are other ways to make flower centers too for sure. Here's a link to a blog post that we did on a sunflower wreath tutorial. The center was made using a Styrofoam round and felt. You could make it out of any color needed. Here's a image as an example. Here's another image with a center we made out of a 6" Styrofoam round covered with green moss. Sunflower Wreath This pretty much finishes your Poinsettia mesh wreath! Just check the back for anything sharp and clip strings. Make a hanger for the back of your wreath using a chenille stem or zip tie. The wreath measured about 28" on completion. We hope you enjoyed the tutorial for the Poinsettia mesh wreath and remember, you can make this in a variety of colors, wreath colors, mesh types etc. If you have any questions on creating a Poinsettia mesh wreath like this, just leave us a comment and we'll be glad to help!