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)
  • Styrofoam Balls   (Dollar Tree)
  • Glitter   (Michael's)
  • Hot Glue
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

Frequently asked questions

 9  questions
  • Cowgirl pammie on Jul 01, 2017

    Love it! But it looks expensive, was it?

    • Heather Staggs Garcia on Jul 03, 2017

      Thank you!!! It really wasn't that much at all because some of the ribbon I purchased after the season the year before marked down, some was from Dollar Tree and some was from Michael's using their coupons. The little spiders were on sale at Michael's and the glitter balls were styrofoam balls from Dollar Tree painted with Mod Podge and glitter. The Jack faces I painted myself on flat wood cutouts after being unable to find any inexpensive ones. I love crafting on a budget!

    • Delores on Jul 19, 2017

      I love to be creative and you can be certain my door will be sporting this creation or one a lot like it. Thank you for sharing.
      I too, shop for inexpensive supplies after the holiday is past . Delores Lopez, San Marcos, TX

    • Heather Staggs Garcia on Jul 23, 2017

      Thank you so much Delores!! I'd love to see a pic of your creation when you get it done!!

    • Dolores Easley on Aug 27, 2017

      Love this! It is beautiful

    • Cristy Lopez on Aug 27, 2017

      i love it! how did you place the garland around the door?

  • Joyce Luckey on Aug 26, 2017

    where did you get the black ties that looks like tree sprigs/branches ? thanks

    • Joyce Luckey on Aug 26, 2017

      oh I guess those are on the work garland, answered my own question, lol

    • Heather Staggs Garcia on Aug 29, 2017

      Sorry I'm just seeing this! It is the working garland so you answered your question correctly! lol! I found it at Hobby Lobby.

    • Dale Toth on Sep 03, 2017

      This is such a cute idea and such posibilties.

  • Laurie on Aug 29, 2017

    you mention wire, you don't have that in the materials list. I don't do much for crafts so I don't know what kind of wire you are talking about and where you get it or how much you need

    • Heather Staggs Garcia on Aug 29, 2017

      Hi Laurie. The wire is part of the working garland. You can find it at Hobby Lobby or online. The working garland has the tinsel legs and the wire down the center so that wire you'll want to straightem it out. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  • Kim on Aug 31, 2017

    I love this & your tutorial. Do you happen to have one for the wreath as well?

  • Melanie on Sep 03, 2017

    How do you get your beautiful garland to stay put around your door? How did you attach it?

    • Heather Staggs Garcia on Sep 03, 2017

      Thank you so much! I put thin nails around the wooden frame of the door and put the wire from the back of the garland around the nails just kind of draped it over. I used zip ties to also secure it around the nails once it was hung so the wind , or a person, didn't take it away! ;)

    • Cat13889524 on Sep 06, 2017

      Maybe if you can't use nails, could Command hooks be used? Just a thought, in case it's not your property.

    • Heather Staggs Garcia on Sep 06, 2017

      I bet you could use command hooks! If you used several it would hold the weight fine in sure! Great idea!

    • Kmg33286054 on Aug 03, 2019

      When I do my Christmas garland I use coffee cup hooks, I get them at Walmart. If I remember right you will get 6 to a package. I use command products (which I called them stick ups) to hang my cut round crystals with.

  • Terri Rogers Williams on Sep 10, 2017

    Is the green mesh ribbon also?

    • Heather Staggs Garcia on Sep 10, 2017

      HI Terri. It is regular ribbon but it has a pattern with a lot of holes which makes it look like mesh. I found it last year at Michael's. It may even have been with the Christmas ones if I am remembering correctly! Hope this helps!

  • 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!

    • Gina on Oct 04, 2020

      And sometimes you can find the wire wreath at Dollar Tree.

  • Michelle on Sep 06, 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 26, 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!

    • Vonda Wallace on Sep 29, 2021

      Have you created a Christmas garland yet. Just ran across this tutorial. I cannot find a working garland also. Any suggestions? Thanks kindly

  • Alyssa on Sep 29, 2019

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

    • Heather Staggs Garcia on May 06, 2020

      I am so sorry I took forever to answer! I’m just seeing this. I put nails in the door frame.


  • Jolyn Buchanan on Oct 04, 2017

    I really like this idea! My da graduates high school in 2018 and going to try this garland for her party. Our school colors are orange and black, after Halloween sales are the best time to get items.

  • Gerry Wood on Oct 15, 2017

    A Christmas one would be pretty. Just use red silver or white green all the colors of Christmas.

    • Heather Staggs Garcia on Oct 15, 2017

      You read my mind! I'm actually working on doing my whole yard this year for Christmas in the Nightmare Before Christmas theme with a garland like this and yard cutouts!

  • Jo Ann Spofford on Oct 24, 2017

    Love it!

  • Lovesunique on Oct 29, 2017

    So pretty. Amazing!

  • Angela on Oct 29, 2017

    It’s sooooooo cute! Great job.

  • Kmg33286054 on Aug 03, 2019

    I do not like working with the mesh, I like to use wired burlap. It comes in all different colors.

    • Heather Staggs Garcia on Aug 10, 2019

      That could be used for this project as well!! I think it would look great!

  • Wendy P. on Oct 05, 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.

  • Abbie on Sep 26, 2020

    This is the most beautiful Halloween door decoration I've seen! Thank you for sharing the instructions.

  • P on Jan 26, 2021

    Thanks for such a great idea! with a little change in colors - to purple, green & gold, - will be adapting your idea to use for my door's Mardi Gras - Carnival decoration! Carnival season started January 6 but I can always add a few embellishments!