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Well, like most of you I gather things from soup to nuts. Right now we are clearing vines. So whats a gardener to do with the cut vines?
Why wreaths of course!
So heres my technique, please show me yours!
I am starting with wisteria.
I cut the vines and let them lay so the leaves dry for a couple of weeks.
Here are some dry. You do not want to let the stems dry out and still want them flexible otherwise you will get anglers in your wreaths, whicj well if you want that that is great, but for the nice round basses, you want to be sure to wind them when they are still green!
The leaves on the wisteria will dry further and shatter off later.
So heres to going from scratch to finish! Winter, spring, summer or fall, the decoration is your call!
Well, this weekend we harvested also grapevine wreaths.. soooo, I got a wagon load...so I got a little work cut out!
That was soooo fun trying to pull the wild grapevines out of our trees. Some were intermingled with poison ivy... itch itch anyone!? Well, good fortune for me, I am not allergic, but I pity the harvesters that got vines like me! I have some poison ivy vines that are 70 plus feet tall growing in my oaks and then the babies that surrond the trees are mego million incovering ground.
I love the egg basket for a form because its firm and just the right size for wall and door hangers! Its the best thing I have come up with to do this project, but if someone has other methods DOooo TELL!
Then wind the long ends of the vine around the basket to the thickness of the wreath that you desire, If you have to add more thickness just take another few strands and stick the ends through the wreath material to lock it in and keep winding!
After you have wound up enough vine on the wreath base for the thickness you desire take floral wire and bind the wreath together in 3 to 5 equally spaced places around the wreath. The number of times you bind it will depend on the wreath but use an odd number of places and be sure to evenly space them for greatest binding power and looks.
The kind of wire you use will depend on the effect you are trying to acheive or if it will even show in the end product.
Well I haven't done it yet, just following your lead. I chucked the really really long wisteria across the road in the field and will have to go fetch it and see if it is fit for winding or too stiff.
Then again same ole story, working every day and then to the cabin for the weekend so not sure where the time will arrive from.
My (adopted)granny used to grow grapes and she took a pile of the vines and put them in a tub of hot water to make them more pliable. She never used wire to hold them together, just wrapped them tight and tucked the end in when she made her wreaths.
Yours look great! I wish I had some grapes growing around here. I have bittersweet, waiting patiently to see if they'll have berries this year.
I like that idea, natural binding! Do you have a sample to show?
I will also use raffia to tie mine instead of wire.
I did some grapevines today leaving the leaves on them. They were cut Sunday and today is Tuesday and the leaves are soft yet, but somewhat dry.
Here are three of the earlier ones. The two to the top right are made of wistera. The lower left is a last seasons trumpet vine and as you can see, they about look the same other than a slight variation in color. These two kinds of vines seem to stay pretty supple for a good period so if you dont have time to bind them right away that is good. Otherwise, like your (adopted) grannie, soak them in water.
On my egg basket it is a good size that if the vines are a tad dry you can still take your time and gently wind them and sometimes they will crack, but other times they don't so depending on your mood of creation later, no two are alike no matter how you do this!
Well, I'll see if I can drag them outta there or just get some new. Good idea about the binder idea although I have some thin floral wire that will likely work and then I can just better reinforce when I get it off the pot.
I do have a square milk carton metal container at the cabin like your round, could just make a square wreath?
Hmm, an olypic wreath! Good idea there haighr. Well right now am just mass makingmy bases. That was just a sampling of material to compare! But I like the olypic idea very much too.
Cant wait to get adding the adornments to these later!
This is just a sample of a heavy wound grape I make with the leaves on... when you work with these later the leaves will shatter off so if you want the leaves pretty, you need to work with them fresher like adornments fixed on today. Sadly, I do not have time for this one so it will go in storage for later until I finish making bases.
You are so right BB, Terri would turn that into something so artful we would never dream of. I do like the idea of overlapping and joining a couple together, perhaps 3 down to cover a long section of a front door and the last one could hold a little welcome plaque? Hey this is some great stuff to put together for a craft show
Lovely wreaths! Thanks for the tutorial, I will have to try that. I love the idea of the square wreath, too... I have seen those (maybe in Martha Stewart's wreaths magazine or book?)... very cool! For now, I have a very large grapevine wreath (not one that I made) that I am about to decorate for Autumn. I never thought of using all of these other vines. Thanks for the inspiration!
Glad we inspired you Brenda, I haven't been back to the cabin since the photos of the square nor have I made one yet, but perhaps this fal I will. Hope to see you around the Cafe or the arrangements. Nice to meet you.
Hey BB, put on some coffee we got company!
That looks great BB. Tasha just bought some of that for a table arrangement, should have sent her to your house.
I never got any further than taking the photos of the crates LOL! I just can't wait to retire and be at home and be able to take my time doing stuff instead of trying to cram everything into a weekend. I know be careful what I wish for cause there is always a ton of stuff to do at home, but at least I would have 9 hours a day more to accomplish the fun stuff like a wreath!
Thanks to all. This was my first effort and I was quite pleased with the outcome.
BB, I am sure that wreath of yours would easily sell for that price.
I haven't brought back the square or rectangle yet and yesterday I did a really hard prune on the wisteria and so don't have much to work with. The pruning was mostly of the harder wood and that won't shape w/o snapping. guess I will have to wait until spring as I don't have any other vine to use to make another.
I'll have to look for bittersweet vine? Tasha got a small one just to put on her table and it cost a fortune.
Well, to get berries, you will need two vines for the bittersweet!
I regret that I used all mine in my wreath, but I have tons of plants.
They do get to be a tad invasive so they need a big playground to romp in! Otherwise you will find yourself restorting to horrible ways to kill off part of them. They spread by runners under ground and if planted in loose soil that has fairly decent drainage, you can pull them out. I have tried to tame the thing, but it argues a lot!
I just measured my wreath at its widest point and its 2 feet across on theoutside. A little oblong, but if some one did want it for $30 I would part with it happily! I am amazed at the price of that stuff!
Would not that look spiffy with some cinnamon sticks, some sunflowers, gourds and some fall leaves!
I am getting ready to pack a bag for the tropics! Gift giving with the grandkids was done at Thanksgiving, may put a few decorations out this weekend just so we have them up for the New Year. No other exchanges, - Cards for the kids and grandkids went in the mail today and that is the extent of it. We haven't received any Christmas cards from other than the kids in years, guess around here folks just don't do much card exchange and we never have.
THe few cards I swap over the year are generally ones I make myself and print out as I can write a nice verse and always can find a suitable posy photo to go with it.
I've never done the internet cards, way too goofy in my estimation.