A grapevine wreath can be a beautiful decorating feature for any holiday or just to add style to a room. It is easy to make a grapevine wreath and it requires only a few tools and a bit of effort to get good results.
You Will Need
- Grapevine wreath base
- Fine gauge wire
- Wire cutters
- Floral picks
- Hot glue gun
Step 1: Prepare the Base
Grapevine wreath bases can be purchased at any craft supply store, floral supply store and many discount stores. They come in many sizes from tiny enough to fit in a doll's house to large enough for the dormer on your home. Measure the area where you are going to place the wreath to be sure to purchase the correct size. Most doors will accommodate a 12 or 14 inch wreath base.
You can also make your own wreath base if you happen to have grapevine growing where it is accessible. Cut the grapevine in long lengths and strip all of the leaves from it. Coil it into the size you need by turning it and twisting the vines as you work. Tuck the loose ends to the inside of the wreath to hide them. You can decorate the wreath while the vines are still green, or let it dry and age for a few weeks.
Step 2: Deciding Style
If you are making a wreath for a holiday, then this step will be easy. Christmas themes can be elegant, rustic or childlike with toys, artificial candy or Santas. Halloween wreaths can have faux cobwebs, rubber spiders, bats and jack o'lanterns. Let your imagination run free with your design. Have fun with this project.
If you are using flowers you can cover only part of the wreath or put a cluster with a bow at the top or botton and wind ribbon around the wreath base or leave it plain. Again, this is the fun part of the wreath making process.
Step 3: Assemble the Wreath
After you have decided what you want to do with your wreath, you can put the pieces on it and arrange them, step back and see if its balanced and decorated enough for a good presentation. When you have everything just as you like it, heat the glue gun.
Starting at the center of your design and working outward, apply hot glue to the decorative pieces or florals and stick them in place. If you don't like using a hot glue gun, or don't have one, wire the pieces into place using fine gauge wire. Wiring them in place will also give you the added benefit of being able to use the wreath base again if you tire of your creation. It will easily pull apart.
If you have decided to use a bow or ribbon wrapping, attach it last. A bow for a 12 or 14 inch wreath will require about 2 yards of ribbon and the bow should be around 8 inches across for proper scale. You can have ends that drape down or just the bow.
Cut a piece of wire about 6 inches long, loop it through the back of the wreath at the top and twist the ends. Use this to hang the wreath.