I looked out the back door a couple weeks ago, and realized there was barely a way to get through the arbor because the grapevine had grown so much. So I took my clippers and started clipping away until there was a nice big opening. When I was finished, I had a big pile of long grapevines, so I decided to make a few grapevine wreaths.
If you don't grow your own grapevine, maybe you have a friend or neighbor who'd be happy to let you have the trimmings.
1. Making a grapevine wreath is very simple. First, take a fresh vine and form a circle in the diameter you want the wreath to be. Most likely, you will have excess vine; wind this excess vine around the vine circle you just formed.
2. When the vine is to the end, tuck that end firmly inside a space between two wound vines; on the first round, there might not be two wound vines to tuck the end into, so just hold the end of the vine until it is wrapped in with the second vine.
3. Now take another vine, insert the beginning end between two wound vines and begin the winding and ending process all over again. Keep doing this until you have a wreath in the thickness you desire.
Keep in mind that the wreath will shrink as it dries, so you will want to make it a little thicker than your desired thickness. When you have finished assembling your wreath, you can lay it in the sun to dry for a couple weeks, or bring it in the house and hang it to dry.
These wreaths make fine gifts to give to friends and family as is or fixed up with dried flowers and herbs and ribbons. (To learn how to air-dry flowers, see the article How to air-dry flowers.)
These wreaths are great to hang on the front door or on your walls as decorations -- and is a fun, satisfying and frugal craft!
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