This post started as a tutorial for making a simple $5 Deco Mesh wreath - and I'll still include that at the bottom - but then I remembered I'm me and this kind of happened:
In addition to last year's narrowly missed apocalypse predicted in GB2, my last name means Gatekeeper. So clearly my love of Ghostbusters AND this wreath were meant to be. (John's maiden name doesn't mean Keymaster, sadly, it means "hairy." See why he took my name?)
Also in my defense, I happened to have these Funko Pops anyway and look how adorable.
Taken with my $10 fish eye lens again, so not the best quality, but CUTE.
Now lemme show you how I made it, since the materials for everything besides the Pops only cost $6, so yay cheap craft.
I'd never made a Deco Mesh wreath before, but luckily it turns out they're pretty easy:
Especially with Tonks glaring/cheering you on.
You just attach one end of the mesh to the wire wreath form, then tug sections of it through the bars. It's so stiff it stays put, and is easy to form/fluff. [SNERK] (Sorry, my day job has corrupted me.)
The mesh instructions say you'll need 6 rolls, but I only used 3 and it looks pretty full:
You could still see the black wire form underneath, though, so I tucked a strand of tinsel garland in-between the rows of mesh to hide it:
The garland adds a pretty sparkle underneath and keeps you from having to add twice as much mesh to hide the form. Win-win.
With 3 rolls of mesh, one wreath form, and one strand of garland, that's only $5 spent at Dollar Tree. (Plus tax, of course, but let's not quibble. It's Valentine's day.)
Now add another dollar for these pink glitter heart sticks:
... which I dripped green craft paint on for "slime." (Best to use gloss paint, for shine.)
Finally comes the hard part: wiring a big Staypuft Pop figure into the center of the wreath. ARG.
Staypuft is super top-heavy, so he tipped forward no matter what John and I tried:
We finally stuck a Command hook to the back of his head, then strung him up with wire. Add some wire around his neck too, though; because at one point our hook popped off. 0.o
Happily the other figures are easy to add (just loop the wire around their necks), and the hearts are either stuck through the mesh on their sticks or hot-glued in place.
Here's the graphic John put together for me, in case you'd like to print your own:
That's also hot-glued right to the mesh.
Yes, it's a terrible pun, and yes, you'll have to explain to all the non-geeks who Dana is, but it made me laugh. Plus eons ago on our book tour John and I had a "There is no Jen, Only Zuul" joke in the pre-show, so hey, throwback homage.
Hope this made you smile! Plus, imagine all the Pop wreath possibilities. I'm thinking Doctor Who with double hearts, or Supernatural with black wings & cupid arrows. Or forget Valentines day, and just make an everyday Pop wreath themed to your favorite fandom! Might be fun to get some of those Pops off the shelf and displayed in a new way, am I right?
If you do give a Pop wreath a try, please share pics over on the Epbot FB page; I wanna see!
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