This Mardi Gras wreath is over the top in the best way possible. I’ll show you how to take a basic grapevine wreath and turn it into something worthy of this fun holiday!
In case you didn’t know…I’m from Louisiana, ya’ll. That means celebrating Mardi Gras is practically part of my DNA! There are few things that get me in the festive spirit like decorating for each holiday, and Mardi Gras is certainly no exception!
How to Make a Mardi Gras Grapevine Wreath
This Mardi Gras wreath starts with a basic grapevine wreath form. I like working with grapevine wreaths because it’s so simple to tuck in little accessories in between the branches—not that it stops me from wrapping all kinds of ribbon and decor around the entire form.
Besides the fun colorful purple, green, and gold ribbons, the one thing that truly sets this wreath firmly in the Mardi Gras camp is the beads. I mean, you can’t have Mardi Gras without plenty of shiny beads, right? 🙂 Take a look at how I put together this wreath, and how to add those beads in.
Mardi Gras Wreath Bow
Mardi Gras Wreath Bow
- Let's start with 16 inches for the tail using 4" wired ribbon and then make an 7-inch loop on each side. We're going big on this one y'all, and end with another 16-inch tail.
- Now we'll do our 4 loops with the 2.5" wired ribbon. The loops are going to be slightly smaller, and end with another 16-inch tail.
- We're going to add one more 16-inch strip with the 4" wired ribbon. Just a tail in here.
- Then we'll do our 2 loops with the 2.5" wired ribbon. The loops are going to be slightly smaller, and end with another 16-inch tail.
- Now we'll do our 4 loops with the 1.5" wired ribbon. The loops are going to be slightly smaller, and end with another 16-inch tail.
- Next, 2 loops of 1.5" wired ribbon, one loop on each side, slightly smaller, and end with another 16-inch tail.
- We're going to add one more 16-inch strip with the 2.5" wired ribbon. Just a tail in here. This tail goes the opposite direction of last 16"-strip tail we did.
- Now we're going to end it with one loop.
- Get my pipe cleaner around it, get it nice and tight and twist it off.
Mardi Gras Grapvine Wreath
Mardi Gras Grapevine Wreath
- Let's take a strip of mesh and fold it over. Mesh measured to be 26". And just crunch it down the middle. Take a pipe cleaner, put it around the center and twist off. You'll end up with a fake ruffle bow.
- Place fake ruffle bow at the bottom of the grapevine base. Get it pulled in nice and tight.
- Add your Mardi Gras wreath bow on top of the fake ruffle bow. Pull it in nice and tight. In the back, take the extra pipe cleaner and wrap around the grapevine so it's nice and secure. Cut off an inch and tuck in back to the grapevine.
- Trim the tails at the top of your bow. Wait to trim the tails at the bottom of your bow.
- I think I want to add some greenery spray. I want to extend it a little bit longer and taller around the bow. Build out from there.
- Keep layering with the gold pick/spray to make it fuller. Build it out.
- Take a piece of the glitter wispy spray, dip end in hot glue, and place it under the bow. Add one to the top of bow and one to the bottom of the bow.
- Add the glitter ball sprays to the top and bottom of the bow and keep building out.
- Add some glitter loop/knot sprays to the top and bottom of the bow.
- Now make all your tails in to dovetails. Roll your tails with your finger and pull out a little bit so you get a nice curl.
- Add the King cake attachment in the circle. Take a skewer stick and stick through the grapevine base into the King cake at each end to keep it in place. Trim the excess skewer stick. You can also use a hot glue gun to help keep in place.
- Make a Mardi Gras bead dog...You need four beads. Take one of your sections of two and go right into the cross of the first one and you make a little three piece. Right on the next section you take one of your two pieces and just pop it around each other. On this one we're going to take another section of two and just put it right into the next piece and you make your little bead dog. Attach him to your wreath.
Well, that’s it! Get to work and don’t forget to enjoy some king cake while you’re crafting!
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