Mesh Garland DIY Tips

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Tips that I learned from creating my first mesh garland. These tips can be used for any holiday garland.
For the Jack faces, I bought small round wooden cutouts at Michaels craft store. First I started off painting them white. Once they were dry used a paint pen Sharpie to draw on their faces. For the larger Jack on my wreath, I used craft paint, but I really liked the results with the Sharpie even better. Once they were dry I hot glued pipe cleaner on the back of each one so they would be easy to attach later on in the process.
Next, you will need a 9-foot work garland. I found mine at Hobby Lobby. It helps to lay it out flat on the floor so you can have a perfectly straight work surface. Straighten the wire as much as possible, as it comes folded from the store. Next take the tinsel-like arms and fold those out straight as well.
*Sidenote-please excuse the look of sheer determination above!
You will want to use a wide mesh ribbon for the next step as it will be your main base. The orange I used was 21 inches. Leave a little bit unrolled at the end to cover the bare wire. When you start, you will know what I mean by that as part of the wire sticks out before you get to the tinsel arms.
Next, you will roll it out using your tinsel arms as your measurement. Start at the first tinsel arms by gathering your ribbon side to side and wrapping the arms around it. From there roll past the next set of tinsel arms and stop after you get to the following set of arms, basically, skip a set of arms between each. This will give you the perfect measurement all the way down. once you have that measurement, again gather your ribbon from side to side and go back down to the tinsel arms you just skipped. Attach the ribbon by twisting the arms around it as you did the first one. Doing this is what gives you extra ribbon to create the poof. Continue this step all the way down. At the end again leave extra ribbon to cover the wire at the end. Cut off the remainder.
This shows you how the twists will look once your first layer is completed. There will be plenty of tinsel left over for other layers, just twist it as tight as possible to make sure you have space.
Next, I repeated the same steps above, except this time I used a 10-inch mesh ribbon and then a smaller green ribbon to allow the original one to show through from behind. I found some purple tubing at Dollar Tree and attached that to the tinsel the same way.
Once you have your ribbon base completed, it is time to add on extras. I did this by adding on top of the tinsel arms as it was the perfect spot to hot glue items. I purchased several packs of styrofoam balls at Dollar Tree. After covering them with Modpodge they were sprinkled with glitter. (A tip: before you start to paint on the Modpodge is to put the balls on skewer sticks . Then use a foam brush to paint on the glue, then sprinkle the glitter, and place them with their sticks in a cup or vase to dry. This really speeds up the drying process.)
I had purchased several different prints and colors of the wire trimmed ribbon. Short lengths of those were cut to attach to the tinsel ends as well. The Jack faces were hot glued on top of the ribbon.
My super crafty friend created this bow and we glued another Jack on top of that. I attached some floral picks and the bow with hot glue. For final touches, some glittery bones and spiders found at Michaels were attached.
The really fun part about this process is that you can add as little or as much as you would like in order to have it match your personal taste! I hope this shows you that the wire mesh garland is so easy to do on your own! Happy Halloween and happy crafting!
And as always if you have any questions feel free to comment or shoot me an email to

Suggested materials:

  • Working Garland  (Hobby Lobby)
  • Mesh Ribbon  (Michael's, WalMart)
  • Sharpie Paint Pen  (Michael's)
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Heather Staggs Garcia

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  • Rita Evans
    on Sep 23, 2018

    Love this garland !! I can think of a lot of ways to use this idea !! What is the working garland made of ?

    • Heather Staggs Garcia
      on Aug 10, 2019

      Thank you so much! There are so many ways to incorporate this! I have been meaning to do one for Christmas! The working garland was a wire one I got from Hobby Lobby. It was wire with a few tinsel and wire arms. You can also find them online for fairly cheap!

  • Michelle
    on Sep 6, 2019

    I FINALLY know how people get sooo much poof now; basically you’re doubling back and skipping a tinsel arm! Thank you! It’s BEAUTIFUL! Have you ever done a fall one or a Christmas one? I’m sure we would all appreciate the ideas! ❤️

    • Heather Staggs Garcia
      on Sep 27, 2019

      Thank you so much Michelle! I have not yet made a Christmas one! I am going to try to have the time to create one this year! If so i will make sure to do a tutorial!

  • Alyssa
    on Sep 29, 2019

    This is so cute!! How did you attach it to the house?

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  • Wendy P.
    on Oct 5, 2019

    That's so spooky cool Great job

  • Michelle
    on Oct 10, 2019

    SPOOKTACKULAR!!!! Your work is gorgeous! Thank you for teaching me how to get such a big poof!

    Question: If I’m doing making my own garland form, how far apart are the tinsel’s supposed to be?

    Thank you very much!

    • Heather Staggs Garcia
      on Mar 13, 2020

      Thank you so much! So sorry this reply is super late! The garland I found was premise so I am not really sure but if I had to guess I think they are about 6 inches apart.

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