Have you ever seen how wild and crazy a grapevine can grow? Most vines are like that – they grow this way and that, seemingly out of control. If it’s time to trim and prune your grapevine why not use the cut-off pieces to make a beautiful grapevine? Grapevine wreaths are one of the few wreaths that are appropriate for any time of year, and once you’ve trimmed your grapevine, you can easily weave your own!
While pruning your grapevine cut as many long pieces as you can. They don’t all have to be the same size. Nor do they have to be the similar in diameter. Use long, narrow pieces and/or long, wider pieces to create the wreath you want.
Take the first piece of the grapevine and bend it into a circle shape. Make sure this circle is the size you want for the finished wreath. For best results use a piece of vine that’s longer than what you need to make the circle. Wind the excess vine in and out of the circle while holding the end in place for the moment. Wear gloves to prevent any injury to your hands.
Take a second vine and wrap it around the area you’re holding. Weave this piece in and out of the first circle. To do this, hold the end against the first circle, take the vine up and over the top of the circle, then pull it through the hole of the circle. Do this again and again, going up and over the top, then through the hole. Add another and another vine, following the same pattern for weaving, until the vine is as thick as you want. It’s a good idea to make the wreath much thicker than you want since it shrinks some while it dries.
If you have nice weather the wreath can be set outside to dry in the sun for two weeks or so. Or, you can hang the wreath up inside the house to dry. When you do this, it’s necessary to turn the wreath now and then, so that it will stay in a circular shape. If you leave the wreath hanging in one position it will begin to become egg-shaped. If you lay the wreath down inside to dry, turn it over everyday.
A grapevine wreath can be decorated with many different things or you can simply tack on a bow. They’re appropriate for holidays or regular days and they sure are beautiful!