18??? grapevine wreath
4 foot pip berry garland (color of your choice)
4-6 foot rusty garland ??? pumpkins, stars, hearts, etc.
ribbon of choice ??? or homespun fabric
Wire cutters and scissors
I’ve made these for shows and classes – you can do them in all sorts of seasons, shown is Fall and Spring to give you some ideas.
1. Lay your grapevine wreath on a table in front of you.
2. Take your berry garland and slip the one wired end under some of the grapevine in the wreath to ‘hide’ it. Work the berry garland into a ring, going around your wreath. Leave a small space at the top where the garland ends meet up (this is where you’ll use a hanger later).
3. If you are using a rusty garland to match, lay that around on top of the berries. If it’s too long, you can ‘curl’ the wire in between each piece by using a pencil or dowel – wrap the wire around and around then slip the dowel out. The wire will curl up and be shorter in between.
4. Cut (4) 12″ pieces of grapevine wire with wire cutters. Rather than glue, this is the only way i secure them in place – the wire is hidden in the wreath because it’s the same material and it stays forever. Decide where you will use them equal distance apart.
5. Bend each wire into a U shape; the ends will be in the BACK of the wreath – so slip them through the grapevine wreath until they are in the back. Little hint: if your wire ‘gets lost’, use a pair of scissors and shove the pointed end through the wreath – now turn them sideways so you create a clear path to feed the wire through.
6. Flip the wreath over and connect the 2 ends from the wire by twisting them together several times; slip the ends back into the wreath. Repeat until all 4 wires are on and everything is secure.
7. Rip a piece of homespun about 2″ wide by 24 inches long. Slip it around the wreath and tie the ends into a knot so you can use this to hang. Alternatively you can create a ribbon bow for decoration.