I love Carnival Season! I love everything about Mardi Gras especially the decor. I actually considered leaving my Christmas tree up only to decorate my house with our own Mardi Gras Christmas tree. Although my husband nix my idea, I still can decorate my house (inside and out) for the Carnival festivities.
Decorating for any holiday can be very expensive. Purchasing premade decorations can significantly add up. Since many families are overcoming the budget buster called Christmas, many will look for alternatives and look to create a DIY Mardi Gras Wreath. Our wreath is affordable at less than $16. If you have leftover Mardi Gras parade throws, you can significantly reduce this frugal alternative even further. Our beautiful Mardi Gras wreath is very easy and fast to make, and the only tool required is a pair of scissors!
4 ½ yards purple nylon mesh (72” wide) (similar to tulle)
4 ½ yards green nylon mesh (72” wide)
2 ½ yards yellow nylon mesh (72” wide)
18” wire wreath frame
Leaving the nylon folded exactly as it came off of the bolt, cut off (3) 2” strips of the green and purple, and (2) 2” strips of the yellow, leaving folded. Your cuts do not need to be perfectly straight or exact. I’ve found that it is much easier to work in batches to avoid the nylon unfolding.
Keeping the cut pieces folded, pull half of one piece of the purple through the wreath, fold in a cross, exactly as you begin to tie your shoes. Repeat with the other two purple pieces, placing each on a different rung of the frame.
Do the same with the 3 green pieces, pushing them together against the purples very tightly. Then add the 2 yellow strips. Push them tightly together and repeat the process until the entire wreath is fully covered.
Once finished, adorn with masks and beads. You can also add feathers, bows, ribbons, or any other coordinating decor of your choice. Trim away any uneven pieces of nylon.
Approximate Cost: $16
Time Allotted: 90 minutes
How do you reduce your holiday decor costs?