I traveled to New Orleans last year and I’ve loved the city and the culture ever since. I wanted to bring the celebration of Mardi Gras into my home. I set out to make a seasonal wreath that was fairly easy and not overly expensive. I got a run for my money with this one…..but I love the way it turned out.
I started with a 12 inch wreath form and purple, sparkly burlap ribbon with wire running through it. Now, I want you to keep in mind that you can make this wreath in any color you want, with any adornments, for any season. Use baby blue burlap and Easter adornments or traditional burlap with spring decorations. I bought ALL the materials for this wreath on Amazon and had them delivered to my door. (My favorite!)
I bought a set of traditional Mardi Gras beads as well as a mask. My total for supplies and materials was about $25. I used floral wire that I had on hand already.
The first part was the trickiest. I cut a sizable piece of burlap and then wound it through the wreath’s sections. I went up, over and down and through. Then, I went back the other way. You must leave enough burlap so you can “puff out” the wreath. You can make it out of one continuous piece of ribbon, but I used a few pieces so that I had more flexibility in how to weave. If you use glittered ribbon, be warned, the glitter will get everywhere.
Once I had this step down, I grabbed the beads, one in each color. I cut them so that each set of beads was one long string. I wound these around the wreath and affixed them on the back with floral wire. I used six necklaces in total to go around the wreath. I left a spot for the mask. I affixed the mask with floral wire to the bottom of the wreath. I then used an extra necklace to create a hanger for the wreath and voila, I was done!