Moving to the South, one tradition that we didn't have before was celebrating Mardi Gras. By celebrating, I really mean decorating for it! We ended up with a TON of those bead necklaces, because my parents have been going to Fairhope for their Mardi Gras parade. Since my mom can't pass anything up that's free, they collect the beads, stuffed animals, candy, plastic toys, etc. The boys typically end up with most of the stuff. Thanks, Mom.
I was able to use the beads for something useful. I made a Mardi Gras wreath for our front door. It really didn't cost a lot of money to make, and it looks great!
Saving Money on Materials
I used a 12 inch Styrofoam wreath form. This size fits nicely in my front window. You can use whatever size you want or need. The one I used was from Hobby Lobby; make sure to visit their website to print or use their app to get a 40% off coupon.
The mask came from the Dollar Tree. If you don't already have beads, they also sell those.
Directions to Make Your Mardi Gras Wreath
Here is what you need:
- Styrofoam wreath form
- Bead necklaces
- Wide ribbon that coordinates with your necklaces
- Hot glue gun and sticks
- 1. Wrap ribbon around wreath form. (I didn't do this with mine, and I wish I had. You can still see some of the Styrofoam through the beads.
- 2. Cut necklaces to make one long chain.
- 3. Hot glue the beginning of a necklace to the form.
- 4. Wrap the necklace around, adding spots of hot glue as necessary to keep it in place. Try to get the beads as close together as possible.
- 5. Hot glue the end of the necklace to the form.
- 6. Pick your next necklace and follow steps 3-5 to fill entire wreath form.Once you have gone all the way around the wreath form, you may want to add a second layer to fill in some of the gaps.
- 7. Hot glue your mask to the wreath.
- 8. Use your coordinating ribbon to hang your new Mardi Gras wreath.
Now you have a great wreath to invite your guests into your home. Let the good times roll!