Recently, while reorganizing my craft stash, I realized I had enough leftover ribbons and other materials to create a new version of last year’s ladybug mesh wreath.
In Ladybug Wreath For New, Existing Homes Bridges Seasons, I actually shared two I had made. One was for dear sister-in-law (SIL) to decorated the door of her lovely new home in Northern Virginia.
Shortly thereafter, one of my longtime followers ordered a different version of the ladybug mesh wreath for her home in Atlanta.
Even after creating the two large wreaths, I still had quite a bit of the two styles of ladybug print ribbon leftover. Each came mailorder in big, ten-yard rolls. I also found an extra wreath form, and several yards of complimentary ribbon and materials to create a new ladybug mesh wreath. All that was needed was a roll of mesh, a large sunflower and a ladybug embellishment.
And, it was time to start restocking my Etsy shop, DebbeesBuzzBoutique with a new wreath for spring. Let me show you how it turned out and to style your own seasonal decor.
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Black, White & Red All Over
For the new ladybug mesh wreath, I wanted a rustic or farmhouse feel, with a black, white/burlap and red color scheme. The starting off point was the ladybug ribbons I had leftover from creating the first two.
After that, I gathered together ribbons and materials leftover from other projects that would compliment the look and colors of the new ladybug mesh wreath.
All six ribbon styles used were 2 1/2 inches wide, with wired edges. Here they are cut in twelve-inch lengths.
Later, the ends of the ribbon were finished with ‘V” cuts. I’ve described the ribbons from left to right. The links below will take you to the same or similar ribbons available online:
- tan & white check w/white center ribbon overlay
- burlap w/white & red polka dot ribbon overlay
- red & white check w/burlap ribbon overlay
- black & tan/white buffalo check
- burlap w/small ladybug print
- burlap ribbon w/large ladybug print
Deco Mesh Foundation
After cutting and trimming all the ribbons, I decided to use a twenty-inch wide deco mesh, in a tan/burlap and white stripe (Michaels). Mesh was attached to an eighteen-inch wire wreath frame using tan pipe cleaners (Michaels).
For more detailed instructions, refer to the step-by-step process outlined in Bewitching DIY Halloween Wreath. It, along with DIY Trick or Treat Wreath, were the first two tutorials I posted. Regardless of the season, holiday or occasion, the same steps and techniques apply for most mesh wreaths.
Next, I layed out the six ribbon patterns and paired them in different combinations.
A set of ribbons were then attached at each of the eighteen pinch points, with several twists of the pipe cleaners.
Add Bow & Embellishments
Since I had started with ten-yard rolls of the ladybug ribbons, I had enough to make a large bow to decorate the top of the wreath.
To embellish the ladybug mesh wreath, I also purchased a large sunflower and metal ladybug pick (Michaels).
Here is what it looked like after the bow, sunflower and ladybug floral pick were attached.
Because I wasn’t adding faux greenery, geraniums and other florals to the wreath, I needed something else to finish off the remaining pinch points around the wreath. One option was to add a third ribbon at each. Instead, I decided to add four different textural material embellishments from my craft stash.
These closeups show the jute, burlap and black mesh, and black string tubing. I added them for more texture and variety of materials.
Instead of twisting the remaining lengths of the pipe cleaners to the back side of the wreath, I crimped them into a zigzag.
Finished Ladybug Mesh Wreath
Here’s a few more close-up views of the wreath, but hung on the black front door in natural sunlight.
I like incorporating mesh string tubing into wreaths. It’s only a dollar a package at Dollar Tree, although color availability varies with the season.
So, I always grab a new color when I see it — whether I have a project planned or not. Mesh string tubing is also useful when wrapping and decorating gift boxes and bags.
Also pictured, are four rolled tubes of twelve-inch wide black mesh embellishing the wreath. I like how the black accents work with the ladybugs, buffalo check ribbon, and sunflower.
What do you think?
Are you going to make a new decoration for your front door?
More Wreath Projects to Come
While going through my craft stash, I also discovered an excess of watermelon and nautical ribbons leftover from Don’t Bug Me Summer Garden Wreath, DIY Anchors Aweigh Sailboat Wreath and Smooth Sailing Wreath.
Before I get started on summer wreath projects, I’m going to have to head out to find the perfect embellishments. Easier said than done!
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