Make a Deco Mesh Wreath

Living in the South, it is expected that there be a wreath on one’s door for every season.  In the summer, I’ve seen wreaths made of flip flops on my neighbors doors.  Tennessee Vols season?  Wreaths of white and orange.  So, when I casually mentioned to a friend that I wanted to decorate a bit for Hanukkah, she asked, “Why don’t you get a wreath?”  Granted, as my northern born-and-raised husband noted, “Wreaths are for Christmas,” it is automatically understood, that, in the South, wreaths are for each and every season and event imaginable in one’s life.  Thus, came my impetus to acquire a Hanukkah wreath.

Each year, the local private school hosts a holiday event full of vendors from local stores and craftspeople.  A highlight of the vendors is a craft maker who makes decorative mesh wreaths.  They are simply gorgeous, but are very expensive.  After looking up a tutorial and a trip to Hobby Lobby, I decided that I was going to venture to make my own wreath and save $50+ in the process.

Below are the steps needed to make a decorative wreath:

1.  Gather supplies.  You will need:

  • wire wreath form
  • two rolls of 60 ft decorative mesh in silver and blue
  • two packages of glitter pipe cleaners: one in blue and one in silver 2013-11-23 15.18.23

2.  Cut your pipe cleaners into strips of about three inches each.  Place pipe cleaners about 1 1/2 inches apart from one another on the wreath frame.

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3.  Take your first roll of deco mesh and pinch off about 6 inches of mesh.  Use the pipe cleaners to fasten the mesh to the frame.  This should give you a good fluffy “bubble” effect.  Continue to do this all around the frame.

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5.  Fluff out mesh and add more as needed.  I decided to add two small silver birds to the wreath as a finishing touch.

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6.  Hang your wreath from your door and enjoy!

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For further information and another tutorial, please see:  http://www.clumsycrafter.com/2012/03/deco-mesh-wreath-tutorial/

Adventures in Book Fairs

This week, after many months of extensive planning, I am hosting a Scholastic book fair at our school. Although I’ve been a school librarian for going on four years now, this is my first adventure in planning and hosting a book fair by myself.
In order to host a book fair, I’ve learned a few things along the way:
1. Start planning as early as possible. I started planning our book fair at the beginning of August for a mid-November fair. The earlier you start planning, the more time you have to adjust to glitches that may occur along the way.
2. Contact your Scholastic representative. Your rep will be your lifeline to the entire planning and post fair business. Get to know your representative and start an open dialogue with them as soon as you know that you’re interested in planning a fair.
3. Promote your fair in as many ways as possible. From signs staked in the school yard to handing out order form flyers to students, try to spread the word about your fair. Your students will be excited, and, that, in turn, will make you excited about your fair.
4. Have plenty of space and tables. The sheer amount of books, pencils, erasers, etc. seems to have multiplied since I was in grade school. You will need to have the biggest space possible with at least 8 full size tables for book displays.
5. Utilize the online fair component. Items ship for free to the school and include a huge selection of books. The profits will be totaled in with your fair profits after the fair.
So, there you have a newbie’s tips for a successful book fair. Have a happy book fair!