Now let’s get started! Begin by adding the pipe cleaners to the wire wreath frame. Starting on the outer edge of the frame, tightly twist the pipe cleaner around the two outside rings of the frame. Attach one pipe cleaner at each of the cross wires on the frame. When you have done this, move to the inside and twist a pipe cleaner around the two inside rings. This time, attach the pipe cleaner between the cross wires of the frame. The illustration below will show you how.
The next step is to roll about 10″ of each color paper mesh out. Floral mesh is quite stiff but is easy to work with. Typically it is less expensive than the poly mesh. Gather the ends of both colors together.
Secure the gathered ends of the mesh to the inside rings of the frame by twisting the pipe cleaners tightly around the ends. Remember to always twist in the same direction to avoid untwisting the pipe cleaner underneath.
Now that you have started, the next step is easy. Following the circle, attach the mesh to each of the pipe cleaners around the inside rings. Allow approximately 10″ of the mesh between each pipe cleaner. When you have completed the inside, cut the rolls of mesh and then start with fresh ends on the outside rings. Repeat the same process around the outside rings. When you have finished fluff the mesh with your hands. Your wreath should now look like the one pictured below.
To give pops of contrast, let’s add ribbon. Adding two ribbons at a time keeps it from losing its stiffness and limits the chance of loosening the mesh. Hold the ends together and twist the pipe cleaner around the two ribbons.
After adding the ribbon, trim the excess pipe cleaner stems before moving on. This will keep your wreath neat. Next, add a floral pick to each of the places a pipe cleaner was used on the outer edge of the wreath. A drop of hot glue to the stem of the pick will secure it in place.
The last step is to add the flags. The American flags I chose had wires on the bottom. I trimmed the wire leaving about 3″ to work with. Put a dab of hot glue on the end of the wire and thread the wire into the mesh. The glue will adhere the wire to the mesh. For added stability, also put a bit of glue to the back of the flag and press to the mesh.
And now you are ready to impress your family and friends by hanging your new festive wreath! Thank you to Katie for having me and thanks to you guys for following along. Best of luck crafting and happy summer!
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