How do you do Deco Mesh? How about a quick, DIY Deco Mesh Halloween Topiary? (and a giveaway!)

Have you used Deco Mesh, the colorful mesh ribbon that flexes, bends and wraps? It’s a hot product right now, and I was excited when FloraCraft sent me a sample box. I shipped a few rolls to Patty Schaffer, and she created several very fun deco mesh crafts that I’ll be sharing in the weeks ahead. Today, I’m sharing Patty’s Halloween Pouf, Deco Mesh Topiary. (And FloraCraft is offering the supplies to DIY your own!)

Love the wiggle eyes on this deco mesh topiary for Hallwoeen! This one is a really quick craft!To make a Halloween Pouf, Deco Mesh Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Two, 4” balls
  • Wood dowel, 3/8” x 16”
  • Decorative Mesh, 10” wide, in orange, purple, light green (you’ll find it at WalMart)
  • Terra Cotta Pot, 5”
  • Chenille stems in purple
  • Wiggle eyes, 20, 28mm
  • Spray paint: Primer and Black gloss (Patty used Krylon)
  • Tissue paper in purple
  • Low-temperature glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; newspaper; optional: serrated knife
The wiggle eyes are a fun touch on this Halloween Deco Mesh Topiary.

Eye see you!

To make a Halloween Pouf, Deco Mesh Topiary:

1. Protect work area with newspaper, and work outside or in a well-ventilated area. Following instructions on the can, spray paint the pot with primer and let dry. Top coat with black spray paint. Let dry.

2. Spray paint the wood dowel black and let dry. (Hint: Insert dowel into a scrap piece of STYROFOAM Brand Foam to hold it upright while you spray paint.)

3. Insert wood dowel into 4” ball. Remove the dowel, add glue to the hole, and reinsert the dowel. Let the glue set up.

4. Push the second foam ball down into terra cotta pot. If needed, trim ball with a serrated knife till it fits. Glue ball in place. Insert dowel into the foam ball, remove, add glue to hole, and reinsert the dowel. Let the glue set up.

5. Cut Deco Mesh into 7” lengths. You will need about 36 strips for the topiary, or 12 of each color. Cut the wire into 36, 3” lengths.

6. Roll a mesh strip to form a tube. Fold in half and pinch at the center, making a “V’ shape. Secure with a wire, twisting to hold the tube tight. Repeat for each Deco Mesh strip.

7. Insert the wire ends into the foam ball. Repeat, mixing colors as you go, till the ball is covered.

8. Form the end of a chenille stem into a loop small enough to fit on the back of a wiggle eye. Glue a wiggle eye onto the loop. Repeat for each wiggle eye.

9. Insert the chenille stems into the foam ball, adding the eyes at random.

10. Add a piece of tissue paper as an accent in the clay pot, securing in place with a low temperature glue gun.

Fun for Halloween, and this Deco Mesh Topiary goes together in about an hour, too.

If you’d like to up the creep factor, decorate your topiary with plastic snakes, spiders, or skeleton bones instead of googly eyes.

Now, FloraCraft has offered to supply the two, 4” balls and three rolls of Deco Mesh needed to make your own Halloween Pouf, Deco Mesh Topiary. If you’d like to win, please tell me if you’ve used Deco Mesh. If you did, what did you make? If you’ve not yet gotten your hands on a roll of Deco Mesh, get creative and tell me what you’d like to make with it. I’ll announce the winner on Monday, September 30.

** Please note that this giveaway is closed.**

(Note: FloraCraft provided for free the Deco Mesh for today’s craft, and will also supply the 4″ balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam and three rolls of Deco Mesh for the giveaway.)

Happy crafting!


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95 Responses to How do you do Deco Mesh? How about a quick, DIY Deco Mesh Halloween Topiary? (and a giveaway!)

  1. Gail E says:

    I love to use deco mesh in all sizes. I’ve made deco wreaths for all seasons for myself & daughter plus I’ve made some for friends. 20+. I really want to try this topiary

  2. Martha Wood says:

    I have not used the deco mesh yet but am planning on getting supplies when I get my SS check. I have looked at so many videos and how they are done, that now I can’t decide which to make. They have all been beautiful and seeing all the posts on Facebook really makes me want to try this. Thanks for sharing on the topiary.

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  4. Mwa says:

    How do you reuse it when it’s crinkled?

    • Sharon says:

      I’m not sure how it’s crinkled? Can you still roll it up and tie it in the middle? Once it’s rolled up and added to the topiary, perhaps you won’t be able to see that it’s crinkled? Sharon

  5. Monique says:

    What length roll of mesh did you use for this project? The 21″ or 10″? It’s so cute! Want to make one for a small table on the porch!

  6. Lisa greene says:

    I have made several wreaths for friends and family. I finally made myself a couple.
    I love the way it holds up

  7. I have only used deco mesh to make a couple of wreaths so far…but, I LOVE IT!!! I would love to make some of these topiarys…for each holiday! 🙂

  8. I love making things with Deco Mesh!! I have made many seasonal wreaths and arrangements out of it!! I love all of the beautiful colors…Planning to make your Halloween Pouf topiary!! Thanks for sharing.

  9. I have not made anything yet with deco mesh but have bought supplies to make a Halloween wreath and plan on making the featured topiary. Thanks so much for the great idea.

  10. Peggy Twigg says:

    I love this topiary. Thanks for sharing the idea. I have made a 3 foot snowman wreath and a Christmas wreath with mesh.

  11. Peggy Twigg says:

    I have made a 3 foot snowman wreath and a Christmas wreath using deco mesh. Love this Halloween topiary. Will definitely have to give it a try. Will post pics on Facebook. Thanks for sharing this idea.

    • Sharon says:

      Thanks so much for stopping in, and for sharing your photos, too. So sorry that I can’t seem to view them. It sounds like you’re a deco mesh expert, so this project should be a lot of fun for you. Happy crafting! Sharon

  12. I have made a deco mesh 4th of July wreath, it came out really good for my 1st try….i would love to make these topiary!!!!

  13. April Adler says:

    I LOVE working with the deco mesh! You can make so many different things and they are beautiful. I have made a few wreaths and everyone loves them!

  14. iamblessed64 says:

    I love the topiary! I plan on making them for Christmas. What type of wire do I secure the deco mesh with? Thank you.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! Patty really did a great job on this. You’ll use a floral wire, sold in the floral aisle at your local craft store or WalMart. You want it flexible enough to twist it, yet slightly sturdy to insert into the foam ball. Have fun with this and please share a photo of your Deco Mesh topiary on our Facebook page. I’d love to see it! Happy crafting. Sharon

  15. keshakeke says:

    I absolutely adore this topiary! It is so FUN! I would love to make some of these for my daughter’s birthday party!

  16. annehaun says:

    I have not tried it but sure would love to give it a try – love the halloween project!

  17. Linda Drake says:

    I really think this is a super Idea, When I get a chance I am going to try this, when I get home from vacation October 9th.

  18. Doreen says:

    Have not played with the Deco Mesh, but would love to. I’d create a great thanksgiving centerpiece or Place cards favors.

  19. Lyn says:

    Would like to try a wreath using Deco Mesh!

  20. I made a magic mirror for our American GIrl Dolls as a project contributor to Doll Diaries and it was so much fun! If I win, I am going to make an awesome fabulous Halloween table runner for our Trick-Or-Treat party and a fashionable costume skirt too!

  21. Melissa maynard says:

    Really love the deco crafts but have never tried to get crafty and always wanted to …..

  22. I have some Christmas deco mesh, but have not used it yet! I love the topiary, it’s toooo cute.

  23. Paula T says:

    What a great looking topiary! I’ve not used the mesh in the past but it is definitely on my radar. The topiary gives me lots of ideas!!

  24. Cute topiary! I have not used deco mesh yet! I do plan on using some very soon to make a witch hat by using a paper mache – witch hat as a template. I will post pictures asap. I’m always looking for new projects or idea’s & would love to win. Thanks for the tutorial!

  25. Ami M. says:

    I’d love to make a topiary or a wreath with it but, haven’t used it yet. 🙂

  26. antonella nadelson says:

    Recently made a Halloween cauldron with glittered green balls to look like it was bubbling. Never thought you could use Deco Mesh instead! This would have been a lot easier than using glitter on styrofoam.

  27. Brenda says:

    I love this idea and can’t wait to try the mesh thank you

  28. Sharon, this is so cute and festive! I haven’t used Deco Mesh yet (I know!) and would love to make some topiaries for my Christmas mantel – I’m planning to totally change my whole look up this year and am starting from scratch! Thanks for the giveway chance and happy first day of Fall!

    • Sharon says:

      Happy Fall to you, too, Cindy. It’s my favorite season. I hope you give the Deco Mesh a whirl for your Christmas mantel — it would be really pretty. You’ll find a great selection of colors at WalMart. I know you’ll share your mantel and I can’t wait to see it. Happy crafting! Sharon

  29. Birgit says:

    I haven’t seen that mesh before. (And it makes me wish that WalMart was still having stores in Germany…) Anyway, the topiary looks wonderful! I think I would leave out the googly eyes — without them, the topiary has a very elegant look. 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      You could absolutely do this your way, Birgit. That’s the fun of crafting, yes? So sorry that this is another fun goodie you can’t find in Germany. Drat! Thank you so much for following along anyway! Sharon

  30. Janet says:

    I have not used this mesh but I am always looking for craft projects to do with my grandkids. They would love this because of the googly eyes.

  31. buggalcrafts says:

    I have looked at this many, many times since it came out. So far I haven’t been able to bring myself to buy some of it. So I’d love to win. I’d like to make a wreath for a friend who has been sick for a really long time and I’d love to bring her something to cheer her up. Thanks for the tutorial and the contest!

  32. brittany green says:

    I’ve never used it, but I love how simple and stunning this topiary is. I’d live to make it and I’d also like to make a matching wreath for my door! Super cute Halloween decoration!

  33. This is really cute. I’ve never used Deco Mesh, but I think this design would make a really cute Halloween wreath too 🙂

  34. Sar Tann says:

    I’ve never heard of Deco Mesh before the Crafts and coffee post. I went to Joannes and Michael’s and couldn’t find any at either one. Maybe it’s to new or they ran out? Know one new what I was talking about , so who knows. 😛 It looks like a really cool crafting product and I’m anxious to try it out.

    • Sharon says:

      I know that the Deco Mesh we used is sold in WalMart — do you have a WM nearby? I’m pretty sure you’ll find it there. I saw it at Jo-Ann Stores, too, just a few days ago, and it looked like they were going to have a class with it. I hope you can find it! Good luck! Sharon

      • Sar Tann says:

        The nearest Walmart from me is about 50 min without traffic. Unfortunately not all Joann’s and Michael’s stores carry the same products in each store. Their stores go by categories. Category A stores carry the most and newer product. Category B. stores carry a lot of product but not as much as the A stores and definitely less new product. Category C stores have the least of all product. For Joanns It’s most fabric than craft.
        The manager at my Joann’s said it takes a minimum of 6 months to 1 years before they get new products/ releases etc in. So I’ll just have to wait until they get it and I run into it. In the meantime I can plot and plan what all I can do with it. LOLOL 😀

      • Sharon says:

        Well, that’s frustrating! I hope you’ll find it arrives sooner than later. And in the meantime, good luck — maybe you’ll win! Sharon

  35. Yolanda says:

    I love this! I am a middle school ESE Teacher and I am always looking for ideas / crafts to do in the classroom. I wonder if my students could manipulate the mesh easily…it is worth a try. I think it could be a great team building activity. I am sure I would have to do a lot of prep work, but I think my students would love it.

  36. Robyn says:

    Wow! I have not used it before, but I believe I will be. Halloween is a big deal in our house. We have 3 birthdays that week and that is the one week my Dad comes to visit.

  37. Liz says:

    Love, love, love it!! Two of my favorite things all rolled into one! This is a must try! I have made several topiaries using different materials and I have now made two wreaths using the mesh. Hopefully I will soon have one for every holiday/season. Thanks for sharing your craftiness!

  38. Nicole says:

    I’ve never used deco mesh before. I’ve been a little afraid to try it out. One of my coworkers used it to make the cutest pumpkin for her front door and I’m tempted to try making one myself. I’m addicted to making wreaths and such for my front door so I can’t wait to see what I can do with the deco mesh.

  39. studiorose says:

    I bought some to make a wreath last year, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. I have used it as a background for some stamped cards; that was fun.

    • Sharon says:

      How clever that you incorporated the Deco Mesh into your card making. How clever! I hope you find the time to make your wreath this year. Happy crafting! Sharon

  40. Kimberley Cook says:

    This is just the cutest thing. I’m a sucker for wiggley eyes, so you won me at that point.

  41. Rhonda says:

    I have used it once so far. I made a wreath with it for football season. Really enjoyed making the wreath and look forward to using the deco mesh more in the future.

  42. Laura says:

    I love this topiary! It’s so festive and so stinkin’ cute.
    I’ve never used this mesh so I would love to be picked 🙂

  43. Kathy Klein says:

    Love the topiary. I would so like to make it. I have used this mesh as bows on fabric wreaths and as garland for a small Christmas tree I turned into a Halloween tree filled with skeletons, blinking lights, pumpkins, witches’ brooms. spiders, and beaded cross stitch ornaments.

  44. Nancy D says:

    I have not used this before, but I’ve seen it in the craft store. I’ve seen those giant googly eyes too and loved them but didn’t know what kind of project to use them on. I would make the Halloween topiary for my daughter. I think it would be cute on a cone for a Christmas tree too.

  45. I have not used Deco mesh. I would love to make a wreath.

  46. Lora says:

    I’ve been “in transition” for the past 15 mos and haven’t been able to experiment with deco mesh yet, but now that I’m FINALLY settled once more I can’t wait to start!!! I’m a HUGE fan of fall/holiday decorating, so I think I’ll make this darling halloween pouf topiary as my first deco mesh project!!!

    • Sharon says:

      Congrats on the new home, sweet home! I hope you make a lot of sweet memories and sweet crafts in your new place. I’d love to see your Halloween Pouf Topiary, so be sure to share a picture of it on our Facebook page. Happy crafting! Sharon

  47. Marlene says:

    I have not tried the deco mesh. I would like to make Christmas ornaments and a Christmas wreath.

  48. Katie says:

    I’ve never used it but have used the ribbon is it the same thing? I would love to win as I have many naked wreath forms!

    • Sharon says:

      You need to dress up those naked wreaths! I’ve not used the ribbon, so I’m not sure. I do know this is wider than ribbon (10″ wide). If you win, you can do a comparison test. Sharon

  49. Nancy Carr says:

    I have not used this product and would like to make Christmas topiaries with it. Great idea!

  50. Katiria says:

    I’ve seen this in store displays but I never knew what it was called. It seems you can make something for pretty much any holiday, a valentine heart, a rainbow for St Patrick’s day, a colorful Easter egg, and of course so many wreaths!!

    • Sharon says:

      It’s so festive that it can be used for just about any holiday! And it works up quickly, too. I hope you get a chance to try it out, Katiria. Happy crafting! Sharon

  51. Raynette says:

    I love working with Deco Mesh. I make wreaths for all occasions. I started doing this a year ago & just can’t stop. I recently remodeled my home & made the master bedroom my craft room. Happy crafting all.

  52. I have used Deco Mesh and I like working with it. I have made a Halloween wreath with black and orange and a Christmas wreath.

  53. Paula Collins says:

    I have not tried the Deco Mesh yet. My hair dresser made a Christmas wreath with it. I also saw a polar bear made with the Deco mesh. That is what I would like to try.

  54. LisaM6 says:

    Now that is too cute. The mesh really adds some fun topiary.
    I have yet to try the mesh. But I think I would like to try to make a snowman out of it. Kinda like this topiary …. with extra features. Makes my mind run with ideas……

  55. Juliana says:

    I love this mesh. Used it to decorate for my daughter’s Sweet 16 and I was able to roll it back up and I intend to reuse it for her Halloween party with some added colors. Very nice post I may try making one of these too!

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