Today I’d like to show you how to make a grapevine wreath using vines growing in your garden.
I say “grapevine wreath”, but really this approach works with pretty much any type of malleable vine.
While you can buy pre-made grapevine wreaths at most craft stores, making your own grapevine wreath is a lot cheaper…because it’s free. And I love free. In addition, as vines need to be trimmed back periodically, it’s a great way to dispose of what would otherwise be garden waste.
How to make a DIY grapevine wreath
To make your own grapevine wreath, you’ll need just a few basic supplies:
- Scissors or garden shears
Choosing the right vines
Okay, so. You can use any old vine if you’re brave. But unless you want to spend an hour wrestling with vines that just won’t bend (or snap when they do), it’s good to be a little bit selective when choosing what vines to use.
To make your grapevine wreath, you’ll need two types of vines:
- Thicker vines: These will form the body of your wreath. Look for vines that are thick but still malleable – you should be able to bend them into a circle (or semi circle, depending on the size of the vine) without them breaking.
- Thinner vines: These will be what you’ll use to hold your thicker vines together. You’ll need to be able to wrap these around the thicker vines several times, so look for thin vines that are very malleable. You should be able to loop them around your fingers several times without any breakage. Vines that have just turned brown or are still semi-green are ideal.
To begin, gather a bunch of your vines together. Tie them together at the top with a piece of string or an elastic band. Make sure the knot is tight.
Twist and bend your vines into a circle shape, as you would if winding up a garden hose. Make this circle the size you want your finished wreath to be.
If you’re working with really dry vines (like I was), you can tie some string around the vines as you go to keep everything in place.
Once you have your wreath shape, grab one of your smaller vines. Tuck it in to the existing vines, then wrap it around the wreath several times. Weave the smaller vine under and over the bigger vines, pulling tightly as you go. When you reach the end of the smaller vine, tuck the tail in among the larger vines.
If you notice your wreath is a bit ‘patchy’ in places, you can add additional larger vines by sliding them under the smaller vines you’ve twisted around the wreath, as per the picture below.
Repeat with your other small vines until the wreath is securely held together. Finish by snipping off the string (if you used it).
Even though they’re made using natural materials, these wreaths last a really long time. Just keep them safe from excess moisture.
How are you planning on using your grapevine wreath? I love making wreaths and I’m always looking for new ideas!