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Mardi Gras Door Décor Ideas

Updated on January 5, 2013

Festive Doors

From what I can tell, there is a base of Christmas garland and then the Art Mesh is cut into long tails.  It's not draped like the following pictures.
From what I can tell, there is a base of Christmas garland and then the Art Mesh is cut into long tails. It's not draped like the following pictures. | Source
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In this case, the door butts up against a wall so the best look is this above the transom decoration.
In this case, the door butts up against a wall so the best look is this above the transom decoration.

It's Carnival Time

If you live in one of the many areas that participate in Mardi Gras, you will want to decorate your door to bring in the season right. Indeed, many areas all over the United States are now celebrating Mardi Gras, not just the Gulf Coast community. There is even a movement by the food company Zatarain's to make Mardi Gras an official holiday all over the USA.

What Colors Are Best?

While many people have noticed the three colors of Mardi Gras are purple, gold, and green, originally the colors were just purple and gold. Green was adopted when Russia's Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff visited New Orleans during Carnival and the color, which was his color, was added to welcome him during the holiday. The new color stuck in New Orleans after that because they do coordinate together well, creating a festive feel. In Mobile, Alabama, many people still stay with the original purple and gold, even producing and selling a flag through the YMCA that funds their local programs.

When hanging large ornaments, consider putting them in groups of three. In the first picture above, you'll see smaller groups of three (different colors) together, which are the same size. In the 2nd, 3rd picture, hanging three large ornaments in the corner is easy to do. To do this style, choose one ornament that is larger than the other two to be the base. On either side, add two more ornaments that are slightly smaller. It is fine for them to be the same style or slightly different, but they need to be the same size. These were bought at Toomey's; link is below.

Up Close View of Large Ornaments With Bow

Purple art mesh layered over a strand of Mardi Gras lights
Purple art mesh layered over a strand of Mardi Gras lights | Source

How To Begin

You can start with a base of your basic Christmas garland. In this case, the door display can be changed out and last through both seasons. Would you like your decoration to last from Halloween through Mardi Gras? Consider the option of using a base garland of grapevine, which can be ordered at the florist. Place the grapevine in a bathtub of water for several hours; this will make it loosen up and it will be easier to work with. Lately, the hot medium of choice is art mesh, a colored mesh that is reusable and does well outside. This mesh can be used twirled around Christmas or grapevine garlands. Or you can just bunch the art mesh around strands of lights and you're done. Since it is a mesh, it can easily be pushed over nails to attach. Make sure the door décor goes around the entire door area; include any transoms (window area above a door) or side lights (window areas on either side of the front door).

Tutorial on How to Make Art Mesh Wreath

Easy Art Mesh Wreath

Take some florist wire or even old hangers and make a circle. For a lush, full wreath, you will need to have full roll of Art Mesh. There are two sizes: 24" wide and 12' wide. I like to use the larger size. Fold the mesh accordion-style and string on the wire. Add and twist a smaller wired ribbon (See Toomey's website for more decorative ones) to the wreath if desired. Find a great focal point like a mask or porcelain Mardi Gras jester doll to put on the wreath. I usually place mine to the northeast or southeast of the wreath. This couldn't be easier.

Make A Wreath

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More Doors With Mixed Mesh & Ribbons

This is the most perfect door and use of a swag I've ever seen!  Shorter swags are best for narrow doors.
This is the most perfect door and use of a swag I've ever seen! Shorter swags are best for narrow doors. | Source
Again, use a swag instead of opting to make your décor touch the porch floor.
Again, use a swag instead of opting to make your décor touch the porch floor. | Source
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Plastic Ornament Wreath

This nearly 24" wreath is somewhat easy to make provided you have plenty of ornaments. The majority of them can be the larger size in mostly green with maybe 8 each of the other colors, then you will have a medium size and smaller size. Notice that the base includes all basic Christmas green plastic ornaments (around 45 of them) that are hot-glued to a matching green or purple ribboned circular floral wreath base. Make sure you start with two ornament balls on the bottom as a support in case you want to prop up the wreath rather than hang it. All ornaments will be the same size except for 10 of the smallest mini tree size and 12 of a medium size.

Add a focal point like a mask; here we have a large butterfly. As you hot glue the ornaments on, you will have to have an eye for the best arrangement.

Check Back For More Pictures!

Check back for more pictures soon; many still haven't put up their decorations yet since Fat Tuesday is on February 21st, 2012. I will be updating as I get more pictures at the end of the week. In the meantime, get more ideas here with my upscale Mardi Gras décor ideas and sources. http://demimonde.hubpages.com/hub/Upscale-Mardi-Gras-Accessories Have fun with it and let the good times roll!

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      Jimmie Lanley 5 years ago from Memphis, TN USA

      I've never lived anywhere that Mardi Gras was really celebrated. I had no idea that people decorated their doors for the holiday. Beautiful!

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      Demi 5 years ago from Mobile, Alabama

      Thanks so much, Jimmie! I've been waiting for the professionals to show their stuff- they have not done their doors yet. You should have a party to break out of the winter doldrums! Demi

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      suejanet 5 years ago

      I love Mardi Gras and everything that goes with it. Thanks.

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      Demi 5 years ago from Mobile, Alabama

      Me too, suejanet! Cute doggie!

      Thanks for reading.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      What charming decorations! I've never lived in a place that properly celebrated Mardi Gras, so I had no idea that such lovely decorations would be set up!

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      Demi 5 years ago from Mobile, Alabama

      Thanks Simone! I'll have more pics by end of this week (tomorrow or Saturday). Everyone is finally decorating!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      The decorations with masks is something that I like! It made me think of our kids who will be performing with masks this coming March! Looking forward to more photos!

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      Demi 5 years ago from Mobile, Alabama

      Thanks ripplemaker! I just posted three more doors. Thanks for the Hubnugget nomination! Wow!

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      Elsie Nelson 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Wow! Those are some cool doors. Heck, I might just keep my door like that all year round. I particularly like the one with the masks. Congrats on the hubnugget nomination, I voted for this great hub.

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      Demi 5 years ago from Mobile, Alabama

      Thanks a bunch, wordscribe! Most of us around here do Halloween then Christmas then Mardi Gras doors. Oddly enough, not really any interest in Easter doors! Demi

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      Fulado 2 years ago

      I am sure this Mardi Gra celebration will be the best! This is the best reunsaratt in the western suburbs!!!! Can't wait to try the Creole Chicken as you have the best fried chicken we have ever tasted!

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