A red & white Deco Mesh Christmas Topiary, and a giveaway!

Happy Friday! Here’s a festive Christmas decoration to make this weekend – a red & white Deco Mesh Christmas Topiary. So many readers had fun with Patty Schaffer’s Halloween Deco Mesh Ghost, and I think you’ll love her beautiful red & white Deco Mesh Christmas Topiary. It’s a pretty way to wrap up the red & white Christmas decorating ideas I’ve shared this past week or so. (If you’d like to make this Deco Mesh Christmas Topiary, don’t miss today’s giveaway.) **Please note: This giveaway is closed**


To make a Deco Mesh Christmas Topiary, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: Two, 4” balls
  • Wood dowels:
    • One, 3/8” x 16”
    • Five, 1/8” x 12”
  • Terra cotta pot, 5”
  • Spray paint: Primer, red, and white (Patty used Krylon)
  • Decorative Mesh, 10” wide, in red and white (you’ll find it at WalMart)
  • Small red ornaments
  • Floral wire
  • White felt
  • Crystal glitter
  • Ribbon, Christmas print
  • Low-temperature glue gun
  • Tools needed: Scissors; newspaper; foam brush; optional: serrated knife
DIY a red & white Deco Mesh Christmas Topiary. Beautiful! CraftsnCoffee.com

Isn’t it pretty? And it’s at least 20″ tall, so it really makes a statement.

To make a Deco Mesh Christmas 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. Paint the pot red and let dry.

2. Spray paint the wood dowels white 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 18 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, alternating red and white as you go, till the ball is covered.

This Deco Mesh Christmas Topiary is so festive, and it's big, too. It's at least 20" tall!

Add the Deco Mesh tufts, alternating colors as you go. Then, you’ll add the ornament picks at random between the Deco Mesh tufts.

8. Make ten ornament picks:

  • Using 8” lengths of floral wire, wire together ten groups of three red ornaments.
  • Cut the 1/8” dowels in half.
  • Wrap the wire tails from an ornament cluster around the end of a dowel.
  • Position the dowel so it’s in the center of the ornament cluster, hold dowel upside down, and glue the wire and ornaments to the dowel. Hold dowel upside down till glue sets.
  • Repeat for the remaining dowels.

9. Insert the ornament picks into the topiary between the Deco Mesh.

10. Cover the foam ball base with white felt, folding the felt so it looks like a snow drift. Glue the felt to the edges of the pot. Brush Mod Podge across the felt and sprinkle with glitter. Tap off excess and let dry.

11. Tie a bow around the bottom of the wood dowel.


I’m excited for today’s giveaway – one lucky Crafts ‘n Coffee reader will receive red and white Deco Mesh; two, 4” balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam; and one of our craft aprons! What fun! If you’d like to enter, please tell me about the colors you plan to use for your Christmas décor. Are you a fan or red and white? Or maybe glistening metallics? Or something else entirely??

I can’t wait to hear about your Christmas decorating plans. Please leave your comment below by midnight on November 28 (Thanksgiving!) and I’ll announce the winner on Friday, November 29.

**Please note: This giveaway is closed.**

Happy crafting!


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106 Responses to A red & white Deco Mesh Christmas Topiary, and a giveaway!

  1. Irene says:

    I could see myself making this for a door prize at our keno Christmas party each year 6 friends get together an we party, eat goodies, have prizes an have fun , it’s a lot of fun doing this every year great prize ❤️❤️

  2. Virginis says:

    Love this going to make it thank you for all the wonderful things you share!

    • Sharon says:

      Awww, thank you! So glad you found us. Let me know how your Topiary turns out. And please share Crafts ‘n Coffee with all of your crafty friends! Happy crafting! Sharon

  3. ella ruth says:

    First time I have seen a topiary made with the mesh. It is just beautiful and the instructions are easy to understand. I am going to try. Thanks for sharing. Just beautiful. : )

  4. This is very CUTE, an I am planning to make one of these pretty topiarys….I have noticed online, all crafters an certain companys are doing stuff like this, an also wreaths, an all kinds of greenery…..they have good imaginations an create things, that are simply beautiful like this beautuful, topiary..an they create new things, around all Holidays, an show us, other crafters, how to do these things they create, which is AWESOME! So, thank you, for sharing this beautiful topiary, I hope, the one I make looks as BEAUTIFUL as yours does……..haha HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 🙂 VGGENT*****

  5. valerie says:

    I’m just crazy over this topiary, and you’ve written such lovely, detailed instructions. However…… I’m one of those backward people that needs to watch someone make the craft if there’s more than about three or four steps to the project. By any chance, is there a video of you making the topiary? I sure hope so. Thank you. Val

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Val, That is a great suggestion, thank you. I wish we had a video for this topiary but we do not — yet. I will add it to the list for whenever we get back to the studio. I’d love to have this as a video, too. In the meantime, let me know if you have any questions about making this project. Happy crafting to you! Sharon

      • Tricia says:

        I agree. I think if you’re not going to provide a video it would be helpful to show a picture of each step and not just show the finished project. I notice most of your tutorials just have a picture of the finished project and no pictures of it coming along.

      • louise morel says:

        Hi Sharon I am like Valerie I have to see it and it would a shame not to do a tutorial it is so beautifull I want to make one for myself so I think I will wait for your tutorial thank you for what you do for me it is a real hobby bye for now.

  6. kidosmom says:

    Each time I get your email I am so excited to see what you do with each crafts. Thanks for sharing and being excellent in what you do.

  7. kidosmom says:

    You asked colors: Silver this year snowflakes. Next year Red/White/Snowman. Gold/Reindeer. White with a bright green/Tree. Last is eggplant/gold/and olive green packages as the theme. I rotate them. Last year I did ocean theme. That way I do something different each year. Although I no longer do anything for my Ocean them it is complete. The silver is complete. I think my red/white theme is, still working on white/green theme. Eggplant theme done. Could use a wreath or two.

    • Sharon says:

      Your plans are amazing! Wow! I bet your home is beautiful for the holidays, and how sweet that you change it up from year to year. Thanks so much for sharing. Sharon

  8. Jeanne L says:

    Really cute idea. Is it easy to make?

  9. kidosmom says:

    I am going top do one for my red/white snowman theme. I love it.

  10. Sabdra Bsrber says:

    I love this idea! Red and White is always my fave for Christmas! I do have one question though-I don’t understand the “V” shape part. Can you help me, please. I will be doing this this Christmas! I can’t wait! Have a blessed Christmas.

    • Sharon says:

      I hope this helps: Once you roll up your length of Deco Mesh into a tube shape, fold it in half to make a “V”. Then, you’re going to wrap your wire around the fold in the middle of the tube. Please let me know if this clarifies it or if you still have questions. Happy crafting! Sharon

  11. Patti Gill says:

    These are so pretty! I can;t wait to make them – I’m thinking a blue and white one with glitter will be gorgeous! Thanks for the neat idae!

  12. Kathy Cteasy says:

    I love this topiary!!! I plan to make some for a fundraiser for our church Bible quiz team. I think I may add some green. I love Christmas! When I get done decorating my house, my husband says, “Honey, this looks like a store!”
    One of the things I love to decorate at home is my windows. I always put pine garland with lights and then add the same color of ornaments as my tree all along the garland.
    I hope you have a blessed and very Merry Christmas!!

  13. Vita Stone says:

    The women at my church come to my house every year for a Christmas fellowship party. I will be making these in blue and white for table centerpieces. I decorate my den in blue and white snowmen, so I will make the bows out of snowman ribbon. Thank you for a new idea.

  14. kidosmom says:

    Just so gave me an idea. THe mittens with the snowballs I have to do that. I got about 5 pair little gloves to put on this stand that holds mittens to dry out. I will have to add the snow balls to the gloves………So excited about that find. Thanks for sharing.

  15. kidosmom says:

    I am so going to do this. I have left over deco mesh (which I love) did a wreath for my SIL for this Christmas *just because* and have left over I can use it on a tree like this. I do red white Snowman theme and this would fit in perfectly. LOL too bad it isn’t a snowman. Anyway love it.

    • Sharon says:

      Hooray! So glad you’re inspired, and better yet, you can use a little of your stash to make this. Thanks so much for stopping in and your kind comments! Happy crafting! Sharon

  16. Janet says:

    I would make one in blue, white and silver. It would look great by my fireplace that I decorate with my snowman collection. I haven’t been able to find the deco mesh at my Walmart but will keep looking.

  17. Suzanne Davis says:

    I put up an inflatable turkey for Thanksgiving. Now for Christmas I will put out the inflatable, moving hippo and the light up giraffes in the yard. We will put our lights around the roof, I also do the windows and inside the house i do doorframes and what ever else I can light up besides the tree. I put out pillows and I LOVE the fake snow!

  18. Ashley Flores says:

    I love the color combo of bright red, aqua, and white! So pretty, it feels vintage and modern at the same time.

  19. gbigblackdog says:

    The downstairs family room is vintage colors, mostly red and green. The upstairs living room is gold and white and shimmery 🙂

  20. Bren Murphy says:

    would love to win this, its amazing 🙂

  21. Ginny Quilling says:

    Hi Sharon. You’re topiary is gorgeous. I’m using the bright metallics this year. Fuchsia, turquoise, purple, silver and gold. I hoped to get started early, because I don’t move as fast as I used to, but I’ll get it done. Hobby Lobby had a sparkly purple Deco Mesh that would be beautiful. I was thinking of making a wreath with it and the topiary would be great with it. Keep up the good work. Happy Thanksgiving. Ginny

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you for stopping in and sharing your decorating plans. The sparkly purple Deco Mesh does sound gorgeous! I hope you have a lot of fun with it. Happy crafting! Sharon

  22. Amanda Perkins says:

    GREAT DECORATING TIPS…this was easy to follow. I am doing my Christmas in pinks and pearls and some white. I like the softer more peaceful look especially with the lights glistening off the light colors. I made one of these already and it looks beautiful. Taking it to my Hospice patient so he can enjoy the thought of Christmas even if he does not make it until then. Oxygen in use and this will work wonderful beside his bed.

  23. studiorose says:

    I’m a shabby-chic kinda gal, so I love decorating with pale pinks, aqua, pearlized white and mercury glass silver. I could totally see this in pink!

  24. Terra says:

    This year I am changing it up. Red, white and apple tart green. Thanks for all the great ideas.

  25. Jeanette Smith says:

    I will probably use the colors of my Christmas tree decorations, which are blue and silver. Although, I do like the red and white one in the instructions, too. Maybe I’ll make two.

  26. cindycc5 says:

    So very cute and you make it sound so easy! Great idea!!!

  27. Becca Christensen says:

    Christmas decorating is anything that makes you think of the holiday season.

  28. Vickie Doud says:

    Love this Topiary. every time I step into a craft store or sight the Deco Mesh catches my eye, but then my mind is blank on what I could do with it…Now I know..:) I love the red, white, silver colors. Metallics always make me stop and take a second look.. My Husband use to tell me I,m like a Crow anything shiny I stop and want it to run with it…lol This Year im going to blue, white & silvers…
    I just Love after a heavy snowfall the look of my blue and white lites under the snow so beautiful……Happy Thanksgiving to all….
    Vickie D. Pa

  29. lynaeve says:

    I love the red and white! thanks for the chance!

  30. Melba R says:

    Love this. I like country so I’ll use burlap and red. Have wanted to “do” a mesh project but have been concerned that in the super-duper high humidity that the burlap would “wilt”. Thanks for sharing!!!

  31. Laura says:

    Absolutely P*E*R*F*E*C*T!!!!!! I would love to be the winner. Thank You!

  32. Denise Royal says:

    We usually use blue and white to decorate.

    • Sharon says:

      So far, I think blue & white has been the most popular decorating scheme. Hmm, I’m thinking I’ll have to plan a blue & white Christmas series next year . . . Thanks! Sharon

  33. Lora W. says:

    I like an assortment of colors, like toys from childhood. My Christmas tree is a mix of all different ornaments. I guess tree green is the color that holds it all together.

  34. ColleenB. says:

    I couldn’t wait to see the instructions for this. It’s so pretty.
    Christmas décor here is blue, silver and white

  35. Janet says:

    I love decorating the outside of my house. Lots of lights and decorations!!

  36. I have to admit my style is a bit all over the place LOL I like collecting things that have sentimental value but I do love red and white, and snowmen. I prefer white lights outside and colored lights on the tree and no blinking or racing,,,maybe a twinkle here and there ; )

  37. Beverly M. says:

    We will be decorating with the decorations my Mom has used for the last 25-30 years. Lots of bright colors and homemade ornaments. 🙂

  38. Debbie Kaste says:

    I love red and white on our tree. We do switch from year to year as my hubby likes gold but I prefer the red and white as it is so cheerful! The topiary is adorable. Thanks for the chance to win the supplies:)

  39. Paula Collins says:

    Silver and white for me!

  40. Nancy D says:

    I’m not a topiary person, but this is so pretty! I think even the balls hanging would be gorgeous! I’m a traditional type of gal so red and green are my usual colors. But I can’t help looking at those cute, little pink vintage type trees in the craft store!

    • Sharon says:

      Great idea — you could make just the balls and hang those around the house, or even on a porch. I agree, the vintage decorations are so sweet, and so tempting . . . Thanks for stopping in. Sharon

  41. Lynn White says:

    I am planning to use different colors this year for Christmas. The colors I have chosen are teal and purple. However, red and white would be added as well, traditional colors for Christmas. I would love to win this, as I am interested in learning how to make this project. Thanks for the opportunity to enter this contest.

  42. mary jo harcey says:

    I have had deco mesh sitting in my ‘I want to do” pile and it would look so pretty for the tree. Looks so festive.

  43. mplemel says:

    I love the traditional colors of red, white, green, silver and gold with a touch of glitter.

  44. TerryP26 says:

    I have never used the deco mesh before but I really like this topiary. I use a lot of the traditional colors, red, white and green. My grandchildren love how I decorate the whole house.

  45. laura jones says:

    i love red and white ive even opted for a white tree! its a great and stylish combination that looks really lovely

  46. Patti says:

    HI Sharon,
    We always do what I call MISH MOSH Christmas, a bunch of colors and fun……..but lately shabby chic with the off whites are sooooooo appealing to me. Your creation is beautiful and I would love to be added in for the drawing! FUN! Thanks!

  47. Nancy says:

    I think red and white are a great color combination for the Christmas Holiday. They remind me of candy canes. I also like to add a touch of sparkle with silver. So festive!

  48. annehaun says:

    This is the cutest topiary I have ever seen. I love red and white for Christmas and use it as my color scheme when decoration.

  49. donnaing says:

    I’m going with reds, silver and white this year. Just love the mesh topiary!

  50. Angela Malt says:

    I am going to use deco mesh for the first time this year!! Can’t wait!!

  51. macaskillbarbara@yahoo.com says:

    I would do a few of these! The first one would be mostly white with bits of silver here and there, then I would do a blue and silver one, then gold and white, then a multi-color one in metallic and a multi-color non-metallic one and then a red and green one to top it off! What great decorations these are!! Would love to be the lucky winner so I can get started on these!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  52. Ronnie Borriello says:

    I will be using mainly the red and white with some glitzy touches in a wreath had intented to make a burlap wreath with red (deep burgandy) set in as flowers. Already made a red and green one, but had to send it in the mail. I did make the Halloween Ghost. I love working with Deco Mesh.
    Have 2 trunk size containers full of it. Thanks for the e-mails I love getting new Ideas.

    Thanks and good luck to me !!!


    • Sharon says:

      Thank you so much for your sweet comments, Ronnie. I love sharing these ideas, too. I’d love to see your Deco Mesh Halloween Ghost — if you can, share a photo on our Facebook page @CraftsnCoffee. Happy crafting! Sharon

  53. Katiria says:

    Our Christmas decorations change from year to year. We have pretty much every color scheme and pick a different one each year when we decorate on Thanksgiving Day. I have a Precious Moments theme box of decorations from the year my son was born that is all pastel ornaments and colors. I have a box of all red, green, reindeer, santa decorations. A box of blue, silver, snowman, snowflake decorations and sometimes we throw all of the decorations on the tree at once and it looks wonderful too. 🙂 I’m thinking blue this year

  54. Kemmie says:

    Love, love the topiary. Red, white, and silver are my all time favorite Christmas colors!

  55. Carrie says:

    I’m a fan of red and white. Every year I like to decorate with red and white, including using just red and white lights on my Christmas tree.

  56. Diane Adams says:

    Love this idea. We at our senior facility would love to see this sitting in the middle of our holiday table. How do we sign up to win?

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