As luck would have it, I needed to prune the grape vines and I need a wreath for the front door...
who said timing is everything right!?
The grapes get a really heavy prune after the leaves drop and then I tie the and shape the larger growth from last year, so the plants have more structure. I'm not sure my pruning technique is perfect but I read a few articles about grape pruning and I think I'm pretty close.
What I was left with was a huge pile of vine clippings...some 12 feet long and really supple
I sorted through every thing and picked cuttings that I thought would make for a nice wreath, including ones that have the little dried curly tendrils
Having never done this before...I figured it would either turn out great or
be a Charlie Brown wreath...or most likely something somewhere in the middle
I chose a really nice beefy vine to start with and tied it off using floral wire.
By the way, is was raining the whole time I worked on this, which actually was sort of fun
You keep adding and winding and weaving the vines together. I clipped off the stray ends to keep it from looking too messy
The wreath tends to pull and get a bit out of shape as you add more vines,
so tying the whole thing together at different spots helpes to keep the shape circular
I saved a few smaller really long pieces of vine to criss-cross and wrap around the wreath and to cover up any areas where the wire was showing.
I actually didn't use much wire
This wreath will have greenery and some dried things too, but almost everything will be things that I can pick in the garden
In the next post I will finish it off and hang it on the door!
It is not perfectly round but I love the rustic natural look of the vines
and the best part is that it was free!