Yeah, that was all me. I’m super awesome crafty like that.
Okay, no, not really. My mom (being the Christmas decorating guru that she is) found this awesome … stuff. Or, as the interwebz calls it: Deco Poly Mesh. I had seen it used in displays before, but never bought any, not knowing how easy it would be to get it to do … well, this.
It was SUPER easy. No really, it was. I didn’t even need the YouTube tutorials (although there are about a million of them, just in case). All you need, is a bolt or two of the mesh, and some sort of wire twist to sinch it. That’s it.
You start off with your mesh and your wire … in this case, I’m just using plain garland.
The mesh does all the work for you … it curls under all by itself. All you have to do is take a 6-12″ area (depending on how ‘bubbly’ you want it to be) in your hand, and then wrap the wire around it, holding the sinched area in place.
You repeat this, for as long as you need to … gathering, bubbling, and wiring it down.
Then, if you want to add a second color (which you absolutely DON’T have to do), you go back and repeat.
In my case, I was running out of green, so I actually cut my remaining mesh in half, length-wise. This made it thinner, and more tube like instead of bubble like. But since I was working with a skinny piece of garland anyway, it looked fine. This is how I did my wreath as well, since I didn’t want HUGE bubbles overpowering it.
This was my end product:
I actually like one color bubbly and one color skinnier, it worked out really well! This short garland took me 10 minutes. True story. Very VERY easy.
Just in case, here’s a great instructional video … and shows how to make a garland with the proper ‘work garland’ you can buy if you want something like I have over the entryway above, that doesn’t actually show the garland itself. Also, this really shows how easy it is to get those poofs … it material really does all the work itself.
You can get this stuff all over the internet. Most of the rolls I saw were between $10 and $15, and came in every color imaginable. Google yourself ‘deco poly mesh’ and you’ll get about 4 million hits.