Are you overwhelmed by all the different types of Deco Mesh?
We'll explain it all to you here. All the different types of mesh, best ways to cut them, where to buy them, etc...
Let's start with the basics...
What is Deco Mesh?
Deco mesh is a type of colorful, bendable ribbon made from a mesh-like fabric. It is used for DECO-rating and creating beautiful projects like wreaths, swags, centerpieces and much more!
Almost all deco mesh is made with a material called Polypropylene. A plastic type of material. If you order metallic mesh, jute mesh, fabric mesh...they are all weaved with polypropylene (PP).
*If your mesh will be out in the sunlight, the colors may fade over time. We recommend spraying your mesh with a clear coat or UV protectant spray after it is attached to your wreath/swag. Preferably before you add the ribbon or decor on top of it.
*ALL MESH FRAYS* Yup, I said it...no matter what type of mesh you buy, it will all fray. Some more than others...we recommend not purchasing your mesh from the dollar store or anything titled Budget Mesh...it's cheap for a reason.
The first mesh we will talk about is your basic Solid Deco Mesh. This mesh comes in several different sizes and just about any color you can imagine. The best way to cut this mesh is with a wood burning tool to limit how much it frays. (Make sure to do this in a well-ventilated area). This mesh is weatherproof, but the colors may fade over time in direct sunlight. We recommend spraying your mesh with a clear coat or UV protectant spray after it is attached to your wreath/swag. Preferably before you add the ribbon or decor on top of it.
Next, there is Metallic Mesh (Foil Mesh). This is the same solid propylene mesh but has narrow strips of foil running throughout it. This can also be cut with a wood burning tool to prevent it from fraying. Some metallic mesh has more space between the foil, so it looks more striped. Others have the foil strips very close together. This mesh can come all one color, or multicolored.
Check out our Metallic Mesh here.
Here is a fun combination of both of these mesh' combined...
Border Stripe Mesh
This is a Polypropylene mesh with foil strips weaved along the borders. This is best cut with a wood burner tool in a well-ventilated area. When using this mesh in a wreath it is best to use the ruffle method. This method makes the edges stand out.
Check out our Border Stripe Mesh here.
What is the best quality mesh and our FAVORITE to work with?
Fabric Mesh (Faux Jute Mesh)
This mesh is made with strands of fabric weaved throughout the PP material. There are 2 main types of Fabric Mesh. Striped and checked. Striped mesh has the fabric strips all running the same direction, checked mesh has the strips weaved. Both of these mesh' work amazing! Colors are vibrant and the material is so easy to work with. If you cut this mesh with a wood burning tool the edges of the fabric will burn a little and might darken. Make sure to do this in a well-ventilated area. We cut this mesh with just scissors and it still works great.
Check out our Fabric Mesh (Faux Jute Mesh) here.
Burlap Mesh (Jute Mesh)
This mesh is also made with PP but has jute weaved throughout. Gives the mesh a more rustic look and comes in several different colors. If you cut this mesh with a wood burning tool the edges of the jute will burn (please don't start a fire) and might darken. Make sure to do this in a well-ventilated area. We cut this mesh with just scissors and it still works great. When you cut this mesh the jute fibers will get into the air, just like when you are working with burlap, so use a well-ventilated area.
Check out our Burlap Mesh here.
Windowpane Mesh (Poly Burlap Check)
This mesh has a cool weaved look to it and is super fun to layer over a solid color. Made with Polypropylene. It's best to cut this mesh with a wood burning tool in a well-ventilated area. This mesh will fray ALOT if not heat sealed.
What is Poly Burlap Mesh?
Poly burlap is made with Polypropylene but has a thicker styled weave, so it looks more like burlap. This mesh is best cut with a wood burning tool in a well-ventilated area. This mesh will fray ALOT if not heat sealed.
Best of all this ribbon is weatherproof and the colors are so vibrant!
This type of mesh is most commonly used for making these popular flower wreaths.
Check out our Poly Burlap Mesh here.
Another fun mesh to use... Snowball Mesh!
This mesh is made with PP and has a fluffy cotton weaved through it.
Check out our Snowball Mesh here.
We hope this helped you understand more about all the different types of mesh!
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Thank you for sharing. I am going to make my first wreath. I am very excited.