But what I like most of all is that your picture demonstrates that I can use real grapevine for such projects. For some strange reason, when I read about crafts using grapevine, I always think that I need to go out to a craft store in search of some kind of formally prepared and dried grapevine, something that will no doubt be way too expensive. LOL at me, but I never realized I could just use the miles and miles of wild grapevines growing freely all over the place here. Thanks for clearing that up. Now I have a veritable fortune in the natural resource I need to make all manner of 'trees', wreaths, and who knows what else. Heck, I even pull this stuff out of my flower garden each summer while weeding.
Wild grapevines my mother always said were mean, savage, snakey things for trees. They slowly choke the life out of a tree like a boa constrictor. That said I love the wreaths that I make out of them - they are so pretty!. So I never feel guilty about pulling them down out of the tree tops. The only thing I feel is fear I might pull down a tree limb on top of my head as well!!!!.
You have inspired me to retrieve my 10+ year-old well weathered GVine tree (on a tomato cage) and rehab it for this year. It used to have a large ponderosa cone as a topper, however I believe the squirrels have had their way with it.
I frequently wove the vines into a wreath as I cut them and hang them on a nearby limb. They would dry and weather nicely for later retrieval. I waged a constant war with the vigorous vines.