I bought an 18″ straw wreath form at Joanns recently when they were on sale for $2.49 minus another 25%. I couldn’t pass it up since the 14″ straw wreath was not on sale and would have cost more. I’d already bought some wire ribbon and mesh that matched. I have never used mesh and didn’t know what to expect. I decided to start my wreath by wrapping the form in a couple of layers of the mesh to make sure you couldn’t see the straw. Since I’ve never played with mesh, here are my observations. When I tried to pull it tightly around the form, I could put my fingernail through the mesh and tear it, so I had to be fairly gentle with it. When I was finished, I decided it looked like a cast you would put on a body part and that look was not for me. Instead of taking the time to remove it, I just covered it with a layer of burlap ribbon I had in my stash. I think the burlap looks 100% better than the mesh. My mesh was green to match the checked pattern in my other burlap inspired wire trimmed ribbon. (Try saying that three times fast!) I think it was the combination of the shine from the mesh and the green that was off-putting to me. Regardless, I’ve decided I’m not a mesh girl.
I cut my checked ribbon into 15″ long pieces and had a thinner blue burlap (also wire trimmed) that I cut into 6-7″ lengths. I turned the checked ribbon into what looked like huge bows by pinching the centers and using greening pins to attach them. I’ve seen a live demonstration of a straw wreath being made and every once in a while, it seemed like they had a problem getting the greening pin into the straw through the plastic. I never had that issue and was really surprised at how easily I could insert them (although after placing about fifty of them, my wrist and elbow are really hurting.) The smaller ribbon I used as accents and pinched the centers and inserted them for pops of color. I had a mesh glittery gold ribbon in my stash (also wire trimmed) that I made loops with and it added a little bit of elegance to the wreath. All in all, for my first attempt at straw wreath making, I’m pretty pleased with the end result. I think the wire trim on the ribbon is the key to making a nice looking wreath and hope you think the end result looks as good as I think it does. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder or maybe it should be “to each his own.” I’m not sure, but I think every person has a different idea of beauty so the wreath might not appeal to you. Either way, the video should be up in a week or so (I’m not sure because of the amount of videos Rich has ahead of it.) Let me know in the comments what you think. I always appreciate honest feedback, or at least I pretend.