Learn how to make a Christmas mesh wreath for beginners. This holiday decor is done in three steps, and you can customize the colors!
Skills Required: None. You’ll be cutting mesh, rolling it, and attaching it to a wire form with pipe cleaners. It’s easy to put this Christmas wreath together because you’ll add the colors randomly.
As far as I’m concerned, this is the year of the mesh wreath. I’ve already got plans for several Christmas mesh wreaths, and this is one of those ideas. It’s frilly. It’s sparkly. It’s holiday-y.
And is it simple? Yes. Does it make a huge impact? Absolutely!
Make a big one with a bow and you’re going to love it for your holiday decor. If you haven’t worked much with mesh, it’s okay, because this is easy enough for anyone (probably even kids).
Don’t forget to check out my candy cane mesh wreath. That one is fun too!
Deco Mesh Christmas Wreath
The thing about mesh wreaths is that they are easy, but they do take a bit of time to assemble. My suggestion is to grab yourself a Lifetime holiday movie (or two) and get into the groove of Christmas crafting. Making this wreath definitely got me into the spirit.
You’re going to make this project in three easy steps. You’re going to cut the mesh, then cut the pipe cleaners. Then you’re going to attach the mesh to the wire form. That’s it! The bow is optional but I really think it adds something.
Mesh to Use
A few notes because mesh comes in different widths: this uses 6″ deco mesh. Depending on the craft store, you might only find 10″ rolls or wider (there are some good sets on Amazon).
If needed, you can cut down the mesh horizontally as well as vertically. The wreath does look a little bit more frilly if you trim the mesh. I would describe it as “hairy”. But it’s still cute, I just happen to like the crisp edges a bit better.
I also want to note that it didn’t take all five of the rolls of mesh to make this deco mesh Christmas wreath. There was a little bit left over from each of the colors. With the lengths they come in, it’s nearly impossible to *not* have some left over. Plus if you want to go a little larger, you can.
Where to Get a Form
You can get wire wreath forms at the dollar store if you’re lucky. They get sold out pretty quickly though, especially in the seasonal patterns like stars or candy canes (which, you can definitely use the same method as you see here).
These forms are also available at craft stores in the floral section (usually) OR you can get a wire wreath form on Amazon here.
Are you ready to make this Christmas mesh wreath? Here’s how it’s done below!
Gather These Supplies
- Wire wreath form – 14″ (you can also use a 12″ if that’s what you can find)
- 6” X 30 ft rolls of decorative mesh
- Silver – 1
- Red – 2
- White – 2
- Chenille pipe cleaners, 12″ – 1 package
- Silver ribbon – 3″ width, at least 6 feet
- Heavy duty scissors or wire cutters
- Cutting mat
- Rotary cutter (scissors work too, but this makes it easier)
- Bowdabra (optional)
Cut the Mesh
You’re going to start your project by cutting tubes of mesh approximately 10″ in length. The width of the mesh should be around 6″, and so you’ll be working with a bunch of 10″ x 6″ pieces you’ll roll into tubes.
Cut several pieces of red, silver, and white all at once. I found it easiest to use a rotary cutter (with a ruler if you want to make sure the line is very straight). However, you can definitely use scissors. The rotary just sped up the process.
I usually start with about 15 tubes of each color because I know I’m going to need at least that many. Then I add as needed.
Cut the Pipe Cleaners
Grab the package of pipe cleaners and cut each one into four pieces. Honestly, you can use any color pipe cleaners – you won’t see them. I usually try to coordinate with one of the colors in my wreath or use white.
Just cut enough pipe cleaners to get you started.
Once you’ve got little stockpiles of mesh pieces as well as pipe cleaner pieces, grab the wreath form because you are ready to begin assembling your Christmas mesh wreath.
Attach the Mesh to the Wreath Form
The process of attaching the mesh is really easy. You’ll start with a mesh piece and roll it into a tube. It should be relatively tight – you can see the image below.
Hold the tube in one of your hands and pinch and twist between your fingers.
Wrap this tube around any spot on the Christmas wreath form. I recommend starting anywhere on the form, but towards the outside.
Bring the ends of the mesh around to touch each other, and then wrap a pipe cleaner piece around and twist.
You are going to repeat this above process over and over and over again from wire to wire until the wreath form is full. And that’s how it’s done!
Once you select one color, keep working through the other colors and randomly placing the mesh tubes so the colors are spread out. This is what your wreath will look like as you add the curls. It will start to get very full:
And for reference, here’s how it looks from the back. You can see how randomly I attached the tubes.
Continue working your way around the wreath form, adding tubes of mesh and securing them with pipe cleaners.
Usually I like to work from the center out, but it doesn’t really matter. You can start anywhere and just keep adding tubes. Notice where the sparse parts are and add mesh to fill in.
Finish the wreath by wrapping all the way around, and your DIY mesh Christmas wreath is complete.
THEN comes the bow if you want to add one. There’s not much to show here – you simply use ribbon and a Bowdabra (which comes with instructions) to make a bow. It’s actually really easy and I recommend everyone get a Bowdabra. Trust me on this.
Find a special place on your wall to hang for the Christmas season!
- Round wire wreath form – 14″
- 6” X 30 ft rolls of decorative mesh - silver (1), red (2), white (2)
- Chenille pipe cleaners, 12″ - 1 package
- Heavy duty scissors or wire cutters
- Cutting mat
- Rotary cutter or scissors
- Cut several 10" lengths of the mesh - all three colors - using the rotary cutter. You will cut additional pieces as needed.
- Take approximately ten pipe cleaners and cut them into four pieces each. You will cut additional pieces as needed.
- Take one of the lengths of mesh and roll into a tube (not too tight). Bend around a wire on the round wreath form and secure by twisting a pipe cleaner toward the wire.
- Repeat this process with the rest of your mesh pieces, alternating colors to make it random.
- Continue until you have covered the entire wreath form.
- Make a bow using the Bowdabra and attach with a piece of pipe cleaner.
- Finish and hang.
Keep your eyes out for more mesh wreaths around here. Because if you think I’m done? I’m not! I love the texture and the sparkle that comes from the deco mesh! I’d love to know if you make this in the comments!
I’d also love for you to check out these other Christmas wreath ideas: