Thursday, October 9, 2014

How to Make a Deco Mesh Sunburst Wreath

How to Make a Deco Mesh Sunburst Wreath

Halloween Black and Orange Deco Mesh Sunburst Wreath

So this is my first attempt at providing a somewhat detailed tutorial on how I make one of my Deco Mesh Wreaths.  I am not sure if this is the proper name for it but I thought it looked like a sunburst so that's the name I am going with today.  

There is always more than one method to make wreaths but this is the one I found to be the easiest for me.  I hadn't seen any of this particular style wreath but saw the basic individual parts made and figured I would group them to make a wreath...not knowing whether are not it would actually work.   However, it did!!

So here goes.  Sorry about so so picture quality and probably way too wordy explanations.

Supplies I used for my wreath:
10" Black Deco Mesh
10" Orange Deco Mesh
10" Black/Orange Striped Deco Mesh
12" Box Wire Wreath Form
Black Chenille Stems
Three different wired ribbons (optional)
Tinsel Witch Hat (optional) 

Supplies for Halloween Black and Orange Deco Mesh Sunburst Wreath
 The first thing I like to do is get my wreath form ready.  I prefer to make my own so I can dictate where I am actually placing the mesh on the form.  If you use the ready made forms that is fine as well but you will need to make a few adjustments to this tutorial since your twists are already on the form.
To get my form ready for this wreath (and for most of the wreaths I make) I loop chenille stems around the perimeter of the work wreath.  Doing this keeps the mesh from sliding on the rings when you place the mesh.
I am going to put the chenille stems looped around the two center rings of the form.
I fasten to one of the cross bars and then just weave over and under and attach to the next cross bar.  I do this around the entire form.
Here is the form ready for action.

 My next step is to cut all of my mesh.  I didn't take photos of this step because it is basically just cutting the mesh.  
I am using 10" Deco Mesh and cutting about 6" pieces.  Just roll at the mesh and measure 6" cut and repeat.
I am going to be using these pieces to make pompoms and will make a total of ten (10) pompoms for this size wreath form.  
Each pompom will have a total of nine (9) 6" Deco Mesh Strips.
This is where you can use your judgment.  I use nine strips for each because I think it makes the pompom full enough.  You can definitely use more or a few less if you prefer.  It is all about personal preference.
 I think that made sense....at least to me it did.

So, using three colors and making ten pompoms with 9 strips in each one I will be cutting a total of ninety (90) deco mesh strips.  That will be thirty (30) for each color that I am using.

If you use more colors or less colors, you would still want to cut the same or nearly the same amount of deco mesh strips.

OK, so all of my deco mesh is now cut and I am ready to make my pompoms.  At least that is what I am calling them for now.  
I use the BowDabra to make mine just because it is much easier for me to handle the mesh and keep everything in line.  
It is definitely not a requirement.

I place a chenille stem in the BowDabra and then add my nine (9) strips if deco mesh alternating the colors.



The placement isn't all that important because you can adjust and twist and fluff once your pompom is complete.

I am also adding ribbon to this wreath which I add on the top of my Deco Mesh.  (Ribbon is optional)
I used three different ribbons cut into 12" strips.

Here is the front of the completed pompom.

And here is the back of the completed pompom.  I leave the tails of the chenille stems out because that is what I will be using to attach to my wreath form.




 Now I have all ten (10) of my pompoms complete and ready to attach to the wreath form.
I simply stick the chenille stem through the wreath form in the second most outer ring being sure to have one stem on each side of the ring then twist the stems tightly together.



I usually start on one of the cross bars just because.

And front view of first pompom added to the wreath form.



Now just attach the remaining pompoms to the wreath form.  I don't measure the distance between each one.  I just kind of eyeball it as I go around and make adjustments as needed.



And here is what my wreath looks like with all of the pompoms attached.


At this point you can fluff and adjust as needed.  It is very easy to manipulate the mesh to fill in any gaps you may have where the wreath form may show through.  There is plenty of mesh on the wreath to cover pretty much any slight gaps. 
That is the exact reason why I tend to use the amount of mesh I use for this wreath.

The last step I did for this wreath was add the Tinsel Witch Hat that I picked up while shopping.  This is also optional.  I think the wreath looks amazing as is but wanted to add a little more to this one.

Ok, so my completed wreath with Witch Hat attached.



This wreath is currently available in  my Etsy Shop.

My completed wreath measures about 25" wide and 10" deep.

You can definitely use larger or smaller wreath forms.  You would just need to adjust the total number of pompoms that you make.

I would suggest using at least 9 deco mesh strips for each pompom.  But again, that is my personal preference.

Hopefully all of that made sense and you are able to go out and make your own Deco Mesh Sunburst Wreath.

Here are some of the others ones that I made.

These are currently available in my Etsy Shop.

Sunflower Deco Mesh Sunburst Wreath

Black and Gold Deco Mesh Sunburst Wreath

Halloween Deco Mesh Sunburst Wreath

Purple and Gold Deco Mesh Sunburst Wreath
 Please feel free to ask questions or leave comments.  Also, send photos of your completed Sunburst Wreaths and I will be happy to post them.

Thanks for taking the time to read my very first tutorial!!!


Completed Wreath from the back.  Nice and neat.


Halloween Wreath Submission from Nicole V.




73 comments:

  1. Thank you for the directions. I'm a newbie with mesh rolls. Tell me, will this work with the longer 21" mesh? I noticed your strips had little curl, giving them a nice angular look.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My pleasure! I am not the greatest but I like to share what I do to maybe help others. I haven't made a complete wreath with the 21" mesh but it would work the same way. It won't be quite as tightly curled together but will work. I would also attach it to the inner most ring on the wreath form instead of the one I used for this wreath. If you look at the Sunflower Wreath...the green leaves behind the wreath are the 21" mesh. Still pretty just not as tight. Good luck and feel free to send a pic when you make your wreath!! Happy Crafting!!

      Delete
    2. Wow, I've never seen a deco mesh wreath made this way. It's great. I have always found the deco mesh very difficult to work with, but your way makes it a lot easier. Thanks.

      Delete
  2. I'm a newbie as well ... I made my first one (Halloween) using your tutorial and subbed 12" mesh and it turned out great! My second try was blue and white (separate) 10" mesh, and it didn't turn out so well. :( Have you noticed that certain colors work better than others? Or is it just possible that I rolled the mesh too tight?

    Also, thanks for posting this tutorial. It was easy to understand and your wreaths are very unique! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You are quite welcome...and thanks you!

      I am glad the instructions were easy enough to follow. I wasn't sure and was waiting to do more tutorials on other styles but now that I now....more to follow!!

      Yay that your first wreath turned out great! Very happy for you. I have noticed that certain mesh, not necessarily colors, works better than others. Pulling or rolling mesh to tightly does cause this wreath to not turn out as full looking.

      I normally buy all of my mesh online because I like the quality I always get from them. From time to time I pick some up locally when I am out and am almost always disappointed in the way the wreath turns out with the mesh. Or maybe I am just crazy and it's all the same. :-)

      Definitely don't let the one not so good one stop you...keep making them!! I do even when they look horrible. I just scrap it and start over again.

      Once again...thank you and Happy Crafting!!



      Delete
    2. Hi Brad...thank you, first of all, for sharing this nice tutorial. Easy to follow and I had a bowdraba stuck away in my closet and finally used it. I must say it does help immensely when making the poms as you call them. Now I do want to know, if possible, where do you buy your mesh? Like others, I always thought it was something I was doing why they didn't come out sometimes,(wreaths I mean), but after reading this I think it is the mesh. I am going to stop trying to save money and watch for ads and make one spot or spots my buying place or places. Could/would you share what places you think are the best at providing good mesh? I have tried hobby lobby and Michaels and must agree with you totally...not good at all! Some even buy their supplies at the dollar kind of stores..never tried that outlet myself, but some do. So if you could answer this or send me an email somehow, I would surely appreciate it. I want to go to your etsy store, but don't have time tonight. Thank you again very much for posting this tutorial and sharing with all of us.

      Delete
  3. i'm confused!!!! I used 9 (3 of each color) in the bowdarra thingy I have as well...I used 3 colors then a ribbon then another 3 and a ribbon and then another 2 with a ribbon....it is so thick I cannot tie it tight! are you sure you use 9 in a set?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. sorry the last set is 3 not 2 colors....

      Delete
    2. I do use a total of 9 pieces of mesh for each one of the individual pieces. I have used this exact same method to make several different wreaths over the past couple of months and I personally haven't had any issues with it being too thick to be able to tie with the chenille stem. Can you send a photo of what your grouping looks like in the bowdabra and maybe I can see what is happening?

      Delete
  4. hope you are still around :) why do you criss cross the chenille stems around the form? It doesn't seem like you actually use them for anything.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. jt,

      I am definitely still around just haven't been able to post much lately. I criss cross the the chenille stems so when I attach each piece, it stops them from sliding. You can surely not put those on but I find no matter how tight I twist each piece they still start to loosen up. This way I take an extra step to make sure everything is nice and secure. Just my personal preference. I would hate to have a customer contact me to tell me something came loose. Hope that answers your question.

      Happy Crafting!
      Brad

      Delete
    2. wow thanks for the prompt response !!!!! going to give it a go

      Delete
    3. Best of luck to you and let me know how it turns out.

      Delete
    4. Glad you asked that question! I was wondering that same thing, but it makes sense now. I have made several different wreaths and everything slides. Thanks!! :)

      Delete
  5. Could you please make a video? I would love to make this style wreath.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have thought about making a video, just haven't been able to take the time to make one just yet. I will definitely consider it and maybe by the beginning of the year can have one posted.

      Delete
  6. I have several questions. I'm using a slightly larger wreath (15") and increased the number of pom-poms to 15, but I can still see the metal frame through the front of the wreath's front after positioning just three. Also, when you are adding strips to the BoDabra, are you putting them in on an angle? I really love how this style Wreath has the points all around. Your wreaths are very exquisite. :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. First of all...thank you very much. I enjoy making them and try to do things a little different from what I normally see.
      When I am through with mine if I see any gaps or wreath form through the mesh I usually make a few more bundles and put them in. I have found that some mesh is better than others when it comes to keeping its fullness and not having to go back and add anything. It was just a trial and error thing for me. I was doing the exact same thing but getting not quite the same results. I realized it was the mesh that I was using. There is definitely a difference in quality out there.
      As far as layering. I absolutely alternate back and forth and twist them in different angles to try and not overlap too much in one area. Like you already realized that will give it more fullness and more of the points.

      Hopefully that helps you a little. I tried my best to explain everything but I figured I would miss certain details. It all depends on the person really.

      Let me know how it turns out!

      Brad

      Delete
    2. Thank you so much Brad! After I posted the comment, I started to pull the different bundles in different directions and it somewhat filled the gaps in. I'm hoping, that once I get the whole wreath done, I can then go back and fill the gaps in as you suggested. Can you suggest a specific store, that offers better mesh? I'm utilizing the mesh sold at our local ACMoore, and your right, it isn't the greatest and could be partly to blame. Thanks so much for getting back to me so quickly! :-)

      Delete
    3. Not a problem at all. I try to keep up with things on here.

      I actually order all of my mesh. I haven't had any luck with local supplies. I use mardigrasoutlet.com. They usually have a great selection and the shipping is very reasonable. Plus they are quick and prices are standard as you would find anywhere and sometimes lower.

      Delete
  7. Where do you order your mesh from?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. This comment has been removed by the author.

      Delete
    2. I order my mesh from http://www.mardigrasoutlet.com/

      Delete
  8. Love this, would you have issues if I tried it and sold in my Etsy shop? And also what does the back look like and how do you cover it so it is not an ugly mess? Thanks

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Feel free to make and sell and you please Rhonda. I think everyone should be willing to share...just my opinion.

      I don't cover the back with anything. I make sure that I have all pipe cleaners neatly trimmed and tucked. I haven't had any complaints to date.

      Delete
    2. Thanks, I'm always looking for new techniques to try to improve my creations and sales.

      Delete
  9. I am finishing up a wreath now and will post a photo of the back of the wreath just to give you an idea.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Will love to see it, I've seen some that really looks awful on the back, hope I know when you post it

      Delete
    2. I will try to add it to the end of the tutorial. Give me about 30 minutes and check back and it should be there for you.

      Delete
  10. That is so sweet of you to let me know

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Rhonda...I posted the pic at the end of the tutorial. Let me know if you have any questions.

      Delete
    2. Looks very neat and thanks for all the help Have a good evening

      Delete
  11. Brad, I can't believe how sweet you are and how patient you are in answering our questions, especially for us "newbies", that have no idea what we are doing and stumble upon sites like yours, that have tutorials. It is so helpful and so appreciated that you take the time to lend your ideas, help and gift. I just wanted to say "Thank you". :-) Have a Beautiful day!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much...that really means a lot to me. I know how it was when I was trying to figure all of this stuff out and how hard it was to get answers. So it is truly my pleasure. I try to help the best I can.
      You have a beautiful day as well! You definitely made my day!!!

      Delete
  12. First, there is no such thing as instructions that are too detailed, unless you plan to come to my house and do the work for me.

    Second, that tip about weaving chenille stems around the frame first could have saved me oh so very much annoyance and bad language in the past.

    Third, note to self: buy that bow making gadget ASAP.

    Fourth, thanks for going to this much trouble for us.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ok..so I am sitting in my cubicle at work. It is always super quiet in here for some reason. I am reading your comment and burst out laughing. You made my day.

      It has been my pleasure to share what I have learned or figured out along the way. The bow maker...super inexpensive and a life saver for so many projects.

      Have a craftabulous weekend!!

      Delete
  13. Hi Brad,
    Thanks for the detailed instructions. Your work is beautiful and underpriced.
    That sequin wreath is another great example. 4,000 sequins and 18 hours...come on... get your just rewards for your talent if not your time.
    And yeppers, I'm going to be cured from Turrets Syndrome as soon as I order that bowmaker and then I'll follow your lead and buy my mesh from real suppliers.
    I have a couple of large bags of mesh tubes I made from local craft store mesh that I was too embarrassed to use. Lee @ Houston Custom Wreaths on Etsy, formerly from Mandeville.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hahahahaha...the bow maker is a life saver for these wreaths....definitely!

      Thank you so much and I have often thought I was under priced but not sure. I tend to doubt myself at times.

      I really dislike the local mesh they have...it drives me nuts that they even offer that stuff. But I guess if you don't know then....you just deal with it. It didn't take me long to figure out I needed to get supplies elsewhere.

      Thanks for stopping by and I am going to take a look at your shop now!

      Take Care,
      Brad



      Delete
  14. I love the sunburst wreath but I'm not sure how you form the mesh. Would love to see a tutorial on how you form the pieces of mesh. Have a great weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  15. What part are you unsure about? I have all of the steps that I use posted above but if something is confusing you let me know and I will try to help.

    ReplyDelete
  16. What do you do to the mesh after it's cut and before it goes into the BowDraba? Do you pinch it together in the middle or what?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I don't do anything with the mesh before the BowDabra....just take the cut pieces and put in one at a time.

      Delete
  17. Your wreaths are absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing the tutorial. It's pinned for future reference. Hope you never take it down.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you very much and I don't plan on taking it down or moving it any time soon!!

      Delete
  18. Why are the ribbon strips twice as long as the mesh strips?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. One reason is personal preference. Another is that when you add the ribbon and combine it all the ribbon tends to tighten at the twist and shortens it a little. But mainly it's just how I like mine to look. Sticking out past the mesh to be seen.

      Delete
  19. How are you attaching the witch hat on this wreath? I may have missed that step in reading this. Thanks. Working on my very 1st one now. I made the mistake and bought 6in, still doable, but just need more pompoms. Thanks for all your information.

    ReplyDelete
  20. How are you attaching the witch hat on this wreath? I may have missed that step in reading this. Thanks. Working on my very 1st one now. I made the mistake and bought 6in, still doable, but just need more pompoms. Thanks for all your information.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Heather

    The hat I used was tensil and had large spaces in the frame underneath. I used pipe cleaners. One at the top and one on the bottom. It would depend on what your hat is made of...let me know and I may van give you an idea or two.

    And you are quite welcome....thank you!

    Brad

    ReplyDelete
  22. Been looking for a good tutorial...finally found it...thank you...loved the turrets comment...I can totally relate...when you cut your mesh do you cut it evenly between the threads or just cut...yes...I'm beyond anal...and can you use a rotary cutter to cut the mesh?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. First...thank you. Now..I have always taken my time and cut evenly across between the threads. I don't know if the helps or makes fraying worse but it just looks better and is better in my mind. I've just gone all willy nilly and cut whatever and wasn't pleased so would recut. I've also tried with a rotary but didn't get my nice clean line so I'm a one piece at a time...scissors straight across kind of person.

      I've also recently come across a tip to help reduce fraying. I've tried it a few times and seems to be pretty good. Doesn't stop it but helps. After I cut I use cheap hairspray across the cut area. It dries quick and isn't sticky and smells nice. Lol I have a can of aquanet that I keep handy now.

      Brad

      Delete
    2. First...thank you. Now..I have always taken my time and cut evenly across between the threads. I don't know if the helps or makes fraying worse but it just looks better and is better in my mind. I've just gone all willy nilly and cut whatever and wasn't pleased so would recut. I've also tried with a rotary but didn't get my nice clean line so I'm a one piece at a time...scissors straight across kind of person.

      I've also recently come across a tip to help reduce fraying. I've tried it a few times and seems to be pretty good. Doesn't stop it but helps. After I cut I use cheap hairspray across the cut area. It dries quick and isn't sticky and smells nice. Lol I have a can of aquanet that I keep handy now.

      Brad

      Delete
  23. Your tutorial was great, tk u. I'm new to mesh & purchased from local craft store but it frays horribly. Does the mesh u buy from the site fray less? They also said use hairspray. 2nd,
    my front door faces west, the sun faded one I made in about a month. I bought a spray can of clear sealer with UV protection but haven't used yet. Have u heard if that helps with fading?
    I will definitely ck out the site as I'm not happy with the mesh I purchased. Tk u for the info.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks you very much! You will notice a huge difference with a better quality mesh but you will still have fraying...just not as bad. I just recently read on a blog or somewhere abou the hairspray and yes it works. Still frays...but helps. I have a huge can of aqua net in my craft supplies now.
      I haven't tried to put a sealer on mesh before and not sure how it would turn out or if it would discolor the mesh over time. In my experience the mesh does fade rather quickly.
      I think I am going to test a few pieces with the sealer and see what happens. I will keep you posted and if you get back here before I do...let me know!!1

      Delete
  24. Brad, thx so much for all of ur valuable info. I, too, am fairly new to this mesh but I luv ur beautiful wreaths and cant wait to try them. I have a bunch of the already wired work wreaths and would like to use them up first if I can. (I do, however, like the way u described and will definitely be using ur suggestion to keep the puffs from sliding around.) But, Brad, what kind of adjustments will I need to make when using these already wired work wreaths?

    ReplyDelete
  25. Thank you very much! If you are talking about the wreaths that come with the tinsel roping or whatever is used to secure the mesh to the wreath...I would say to too much other than possibly adding a few more places to add your bunches of mesh but you can wait and see how it fills out as your work and determine if you need more. Other than that it should work just fine for you. Let me know if that is what you are asking and if not I will do my best to figure it out with you.

    Brad

    ReplyDelete
  26. Thx Brad. I think u got just what I was asking! It sounds like this COULD work, but I think ur idea will b a whole lot better.

    ReplyDelete
  27. I was very excited to see your great tutorial and give it a try! I have made many burlap wreaths and some mesh wreaths but not this technique. I want to make a black and gold Hawkeye wreath for my in-laws. But right away I started having issues. So much fraying! But I went back and read all the comments and advice so I will try the hairspray fix to help with the fraying. Also I think I must have an issue with the brand of mesh because it just doesn't look as nice as yours. I buy mine at Hobby Lobby. Also if I just put it on right from cutting, it looks like a roll, not pointy and leafy like yours? And does your ribbon all have wires? Because my ribbon just flops over and if hanging on a door will just all lay towards the floor. After all this....not giving up yet! Will keep trying because yours are beautiful! Thank you! Paula

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Paula,

      Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I try my best not to buy my mesh from Hobby Lobby...I personally don't care for the quality. I spend a little extra on shipping but always buy mine online from the same place when I can. Unless I am in a rush to get something. I think that trying a different/better mesh may resolve your issue with it looking like it just came off of the roll. Also, be sure to give it a good stretch when you are placing them (if you are using the Bow-Dabra or something similar it's easier). You can tell while you are placing them if they will look good or not. If they don't...take it out and regroup. LOL It's a patience and practice thing...at least it was for me.
      For the ribbon...yes I pretty much always use a wired ribbon. It just stands out better and you don't get the floppy sad ribbon look on your wreath.
      I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. I will do my best to answer them for you.

      Brad

      Delete
  28. I was wondering do u put the ribbon between the layers of mess on the pin poms or just at the last. If u don't use the bowdabra thing do u just pinch mesh

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Good afternoon! I do not put the ribbon between the layers. I like the ribbon to be on top at the end that way once it is all put on the wreath you can really see the ribbon. I tried it mixed in the layers and it just didn't stand out as much. Personal preference for sure.
      You can definitely just pinch instead of using the bowdabra. It's a little more tricky but once you get the hang of it you are good to go. Before I had the bowdabra I would sit on the floor and pinch each piece and use by legs/knees to kind of keep them in place until I had all pieces ready to be combined. So...it is possible to do it that way.

      I hope this answered your question.

      Brad

      Delete
  29. So glad to find you. I don't know what took me so long. I love your tutorials. I am trying my hand at this wreath. I am kinda new to the wreath making but your instructions are so good. I think I can do it. Hope to see more of you. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey Debbie...glad you found my little blog and tutorial. I'm sure your wreath with be amazing!
      I wrote out my tutorial remembering all of the little details that were left out of the ones I read when I first started making them. I needed to know bit by bit. So that is what I tried to do.
      I am trying to free up a little time to do a few more tutorials. Maybe...just maybe in the next few weeks and can have more posted.

      Delete
  30. Love the tutorial but the background makes it hard to read. I had to keep going back and reading to make sure I understood the instructions.
    The instructions and pictures were very good other than the background.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My apologies for the background. I didn't even think to look at it on my mobile when I changed it recently. Hopefully this is a bit better.

      Thanks for letting me know!

      Brad

      Delete
  31. Just found this. Your wreaths are beautiful. When I cut 10" mesh I plan the day before so I cut and spray the edges with Elmer's fabric glue. I think that's it. It has a pink front. Then I can manipulate the mesh and the fraying is decreased about 99%. Do you have a video out?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thelma...thanks I appreciate that! And thank you for the information with the Elmer's Fabric Glue. I will definitely be giving that a try shortly.

      I don't have a video yet but I am considering it.

      Brad

      Delete
  32. Can you tell me how you attached the witches' hat to the wreath?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes....i uses chenille stems. There are gaps in the tinsel on the hat that made it easy. I've also used floral wore to attach items. It just depends on what I am working with.

      Brad

      Delete
  33. Brad, love your wreath and your tutorial. Using the Bowdabr is a great idea.It sure does save a lot of time.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Debbie....glad it helped! I am always trying to find easier ways for some of this stuff.

      Brad

      Delete
  34. Hi Brad
    I am trying to make a sunflower wreath. Do you have a tutorial for it. This is my first try and I am having an awful time! The pipe cleaners keep sliding on the frame no matter how hard I try to tighten them. Do you have a tutorial for the sunflower? Right now I feel like I have wasted $50 on fraying mesh and a slippery wreath form.
    So frustrated!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sorry for the delay! Please do not get frustrated just yet. The Sunflower is basically the exact same concept as the "sunburst" wreath. The only difference is the color layout with the brown in the center and then the addition of the large green leaf like mesh pieces to make the look even better. Take a look at the images of how I prepare my wreath frame (wrapped with pipe cleaners first). This helps 100% to keep your pieces from sliding.
      For the fraying....you will always have some degree of it but you can lessen the problem with a cheap hair spray like Aquanet. I have tried this and it does help, at least while you get everything attached. Just cut your pieces then lightly spray the cut edges with it and let dry.
      I have also tried it with a clear craft acrylic. Just pick up a can a spray acrylic at your local craft store and same concept. Spray the cut edges lightly and let dry.
      Another option that someone from this blog mentioned was a spray adhesive but I have not tried that option to date.
      Either way you choose, you will have some fraying. Just remember that the more you work the mesh once it is cut the more it will fray.
      I hope this helps and if not please let me know and I will do my best to assist you.

      Don't give up!!!!

      Brad

      Delete