It’s Carnival time in the Big Easy, so here’s a big, easy Beaded Mardi Gras Wreath to DIY

I thought I’d mix it up a bit today with a tutorial for an easy, Beaded Mardi Gras Wreath.  Next Tuesday, February 12, is “Fat Tuesday”, or the last day of Mardi Gras Carnival season in New Orleans. Originally, I wanted to make a Mardi Gras Wreath that was somewhat tasteful and understated, and then I thought “what!? NOTHING about Mardi Gras is understated!” And neither is this bright and glitzy Beaded Mardi Gras Wreath.

Make an easy Mardi Gras Wreath

Make this festive, Mardi Gras Wreath tonight!

You can buy Mardi Gras beads in party stores, chain stores, and if you are planning ahead (I did not), you can mail order from everyone’s favorite discount craft and party store – Oriental Trading Company.  Altogether, the beads are heavy, so I went with a sturdy, 2” thick wreath of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. I also opted to pin on the beads. I knew the pins would hold the beads in place, and I wasn’t sure if glue would. Here are all the details:

How to make an easy Mardi Gras Wreath

Here’s what you’ll need for the wreath. I used about 48 – 50 necklaces for my wreath.

To make a Beaded Mardi Gras Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 10” x 2” x 2” wreath
  • Crepe paper, purple
  • Mardi Gras beads, 48 – 50 strands
  • Mardi Gras coins
  • Mardi Gras mask
  • Floral U-pins (optional)
  • Floral wire
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; wire cutters

To make a Beaded Mardi Gras Wreath:

1. Wrap your wreath with crepe paper, pinning and gluing the ends to the back of the wreath.

Step 1 in making a mardi gras wreath

I used crepe paper to cover my wreath. You could also use ribbon, or paint it with an acrylic craft paint.

2. Cut apart the necklaces, so you have long strands of beads. Using U-pins, pin one strand to the wreath and wrap it around the wreath; pin the other end in place. Repeat, until the wreath is covered in a single layer of beads.

Step 2 - Beaded Mardi Gras Wreath

It’s o.k. if your first layer of beads doesn’t completely cover the wreath. You’ll fill in the gaps with the second layer.

A few notes:

  • You will have gaps, which you’ll fill in when you add more beads.
  • I used 26 necklaces for the first layer, and 16 strands for the second layer.
  • Because I knew that I would cover a portion of the wreath with a mask, I left a section uncovered.
  • If you don’t have U-pins, you can make your own from 1” lengths of floral wire.
how to DIY floral pins

DIY your own floral U-pin from a 1″ length of floral wire.

3. Add a second layer of beads, wrapping them at random around the wreath. These beads do not need to be neat, after all, Mardi Gras is not an orderly affair!

4. Glue on Mardi Gras coins, and then glue and pin the mask in place.

5. Gather together 3 – 4 necklaces, and wrap a length of wire around the center, forming a beaded swag. Insert the ends of the wire into the middle of the wreath, so they dangle down.

6. Hang your wreath with a string of beads.

Easy Mardi Gras Wreath tutorial with beads, coins and a mask

This wreath adds a lot of color to a winter landscape!

It’s crazy and colorful, just like Mardi Gras!

Have you ever been to New Orleans for Mardi Gras? Or, do you have fun celebrating Mardi Gras at home? Please share.

Happy crafting!


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12 Responses to It’s Carnival time in the Big Easy, so here’s a big, easy Beaded Mardi Gras Wreath to DIY

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  2. Debbie Weishaar says:

    I just made mine using my Mardi Gras beads from way back to the 90’s. I used a 14″ styrofoam wreath and it turned out really cute. I didn’t have a mask with all my beads but I did have a big pair of green sunglasses that I put on mine. Now my daughter is asking when she can expect her’s in the mail. Thanks for an easy idea. Being from the Shreveport/Bossier City, LA I really miss Mardi Gras every year. We currently live in KS and they have no idea what Mardi Gras is about and we really miss King Cakes so have to order them or pick them up when we are down south visiting family.

  3. Candice says:

    Just came from Mardi gras in Shreveport Louisiana. Have lots of bead necklaces. Think I will make wreath with them!

  4. Sar Tann says:

    This is a wonderful idea! I have a friend from LA who will love this. Thank you!

  5. michelle says:


  6. LisaM says:

    What a fun wreath. I can doing the same with school colors and their mascot.

  7. Cookie 17 says:

    OH my goodness this is gorgeous, Fit’s Mardi Gras to T ,Fantastic JoB,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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