DIY Natural Grapevine Wreath {Fresh Cut}

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When it comes to floral design, there really isn’t anything artificial that can hold a candle to the beauty of a natural grapevine wreath. If the gorgeous curving forms, woody textures & warm colors don’t grab you, you’re sure to fall in love with the sweet tendrils randomly poking out here & there.

Although commercially available grapevine wreaths are budget friendly, they typically do not have many tendrils or leaves remaining, they often have very thick vines which are visually heavy {not ideal when creating a more delicate wreath} and they usually come in limited sizes.

In order to create a stunning natural wreath, you need to begin with a beautiful base that fits your project in scale, color & form.

If you live in an area where wild grapevine grows like here in Florida, the easiest way to guarantee the perfect start to your natural wreath project is to create your own wreath using fresh cut grapevines.

Creating a natural grapevine wreath requires little on your part {only basic skills & supplies and a few hours of your time} but the payoff for your wreath project is huge.

So without further adieu, let’s jump into this fresh-cut grapevine wreath tutorial!

SUPPLIES:

  • fresh cut grapevine

  • brown twine

  • scissors & pruners

  • cylindrical item for consistent sizes {optional}

BASIC CONSTRUCTION:

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FIRST: Cut grapevines that are still living and of medium thickness whenever possible. Living vines do NOT need to be soaked in water as they are still very flexible.

Dead vines and extra thick vines may require soaking to prevent breakage when shaping. Choose long main vines with several offshoots. Strip most of the leaves as these will obscure the vines of the finished wreath.

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SECOND: Form the 1st main grapevine section into the shape you’d like for your wreath. I’m using a large coffee can as a guide in this tutorial in order to create several round wreaths of the same size, but I typically create free-form and simply eyeball it.

Tightly wrap & knot the twine around the vine at the point where the curve meets the end approximately 1/2 inch from your fresh cut. This prevents the vine from pulling free as you work to shape the subsequent loops.

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*avoid trying to force naturally straight ends to bend as they are more likely to splinter than give in…instead utilize the natural curve of the vine to begin your wreath

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THIRD: Loop the main grapevine, keeping the shape and size as consistent as possible, and secure with twine directly opposite your first tie. Continue shaping/looping the main grapevine, securing it at the same points as before.

For this tutorial, I tied triple knots at each point for added strength and used a single piece of twine to tie 2-3 grapevine loops at each point. You can do the same or use a new piece of twine to tie each loop, but secure the loops in the same area to confine the twine to those 2 spots.

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FOURTH: When you reach the end of the main vine, begin your 2nd main vine halfway between the 2 tie points. Secure it to the previous vine, again tying a knot approximately 1/2 inch up from the end.

Loop/shape the 2nd main vine as you did with the 1st, securing it directly opposite the 1st knot of the 2nd main vine. You will have 4 tie spots evenly spaced around the circle. Continue looping the 2nd main vine, securing it as you go.

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FINALLY: Add as many main vines as needed to achieve the visual weight or bulkiness needed for your project. Once you have secured your last main vine, go back and wrap all of the offshoots around the main base. You can wrap each offshoot individually or you can group 2-3 offshoots together and wrap them simultaneously.

Try to follow the same wrap points with all the offshoots so that the circular base still shows between the wrapped vines.

Remove as many leaves as needed to expose the vines beneath and tuck in any loose vine ends.

Manipulate the grapevine and snip off any misdirected tendrils to make sure the wreath lies flat.

And that’s it.

You now have a beautiful grapevine wreath that you can use as is, that you can frost {watch for the upcoming tutorial} or that you can embellish for the seasons.

Easy peasy, right?!

Today is the perfect day to get out in nature, cut some grapevine and get wrapping! Enjoy…

 

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