DIY: Beaded Mardi Gras Wreath
January 19, 2012
diy beaded mardi gras mask wreath
Where I’m from, Mardi Gras is kind of a big deal. My parents are from Mobile, where Mardi Gras plans, parties and parades keep social calendars full practically year-round. I wanted to capture that spirit with this festive, beaded wreath. I kept the overall design simple, as I knew the finished product would turn out pretty flashy. This project was a bit time-consuming, yet easy to make.
Things You’ll Need:

 

diy beaded mardi gras mask wreath
Originally I had planned to wrap the entire wreath form in yarn and leave it that way. Then I changed my mind and decided to cover the whole thing in beads. You can see the yarn peeking out from behind the beads, so I think it makes a nice background. The trick with the yarn-wrapping is to hot glue the yarn on the underside of the wreath every so often. That way you can take a break from keeping the yarn taut. I’ve never made a yarn wreath before, so I was really surprised by how time-consuming of a process it was.
diy beaded mardi gras mask wreath
For the beads, start by gluing and wrapping three strands of beads to make a basic pattern. Add purple beads and more gold beads to fill in the pattern. You can fill in any remaining spaces with extra beads.
diy beaded mardi gras mask wreath
Paint the mask with gold fabric paint, and while it’s still tacky, cover it in glitter. After it dries you can give it a coat of clear spray paint to keep the glitter from making a mess. I used the leftover fabric paint to glue sequins on the mask, but fabric glue would also work well.
diy beaded mardi gras mask wreath
I decided to add a felt covering to the back of the wreath to hide the hot glue marks and to keep the beads from scratching my door. Basically cut two half-circles from two sheets of felt and hot glue them onto the wreath. To make the edges where the half-circles meet look nicer, fold one end under and attach it with more glue.

diy beaded mardi gras mask wreath

And now for the finishing touches! Take the dowel rod and cut/break off a 12″ piece. Glue the ribbon to one end of the dowel at an angle. Tightly wrap the ribbon around the dowel. When you get to the end, fold the ribbon under nicely and carefully glue it down. Glue the dowel and three pieces of ribbon to the underside of the mask. Once the glue cools down, take your mask and glue it to the wreath. To make the ribbons curl, twist them a few times around your finger and glue the free end to the wreath. Hang the wreath with some gold ribbon, and you’re done!