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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Wow- you do amazing work! Love the new version of the wreath!
Thanks Liz! I really enjoy the creative, design process.
Love this sweet wreath!! Thanks so much for the tutorial!! Hugs, Deb
So glad you liked it Debbie!
The tutorial is really good. I may have to try this.
I’d love to see it if you do Kristie.
Being the beneficiary of one of those wreaths it has created a small conundrum. Hanging it inside where I can see it, or the front door for neighbors to admire? It’s in my kitchen with the bee wreath. Different door. Hard to decide. Fortunately I have a spring watering can outside until then. Debbie you’re the best. You do it all.
Thanks for being my biggest wreath fan and supporter K! Not sure where you are finding room in your kitchen to hang multiple wreaths?! Even I’m pretty maxed out — the holiday peacock wreath hangs on the living room mirror.
Looks great Debbee and just like you ! Back to the foundation, how many pipe cleaners are used at each junction and how many places on the wreath do you put the pipe cleaners ? Any rule of thumb or the “Looks right” rule I use ?
Love the ribbon on Beach Rules and can’t wait to see that one.
Hi ya Myrna, sorry took so long to respond. I’ve been out of town caring for my dad. I only use one pipe cleaner at each junction, but one for the inner ring and another for the outer. The Beach Rules wreath was already featured last year when I made it for my sister. See it at DIY Anchors Aweigh Sailboat Wreath.
I love all your wreaths Deb….you are so talented. I especially love lady bugs.
Hi Kari, I just got back from Florida caring for my parents and have been offline. You and I like so many of the same things! Didn’t get a chance to comment on your delightful ladybug tablescape — two of the ribbons would look great with it.
Deebee, this is a super cute wreath and I love ladybugs. I noted that you sell the wreath in your Etsy shop – but would you consider letting me put a picture of it with a link back to you in one of my upcoming posts on May 15th?
Thanks Rachelle! What’s the post about? I’d be delighted for you to share a pix.
Thank you, the post is a roundup of what I covered the week before – with the main focus about wreaths.
It’s called Friday with Friends. I’m hoping to share with my tribe other bloggers who inspire me!
I always know I’ll be inspired when I’m on your blog my friend!! Love this!! Love the mix of ribbons! Thanks for sharing at Charming Homes & Gardens!
Such a lovely thing to say Kristin — thanks! Whenever I put together a wreath, I always work from a theme. And, in addition to trying to include one “wow” or central element, I love to mix up 4-6 types of ribbons.
Deebee, thanks again for letting me use this pretty wreath for one of my posts.