I am a big fan of the outdoors; except for bugs. Consequently, I am also a really big fan of bringing the outdoors in; again, except for bugs! There are these SUPER CREEPY & UGLY Camel Crickets that keep trying to invade our house….barf! But that is a story for a different day. For proof that I like to bring the outdoors in, checkout these pictures of our wedding decorations.
My most recent venture in this has been the making of a wreath for our front door. We needed a new one since Christmas AND Winter were officially gone. We were out at the craft store and I kept seeing grapevine wreathes. I think that they are awesome! But I wanted to figure out what I would do to one before I bought one.
Good thing I waited, because the wreath that we ended up with was gratis! That’s right people, FREE!
I get these harebrained ideas sometimes, and more often than not they end up in a big mess and something that hides in a drawer and then either repurposed or thrown away. That is how this wreath began.
One Sunday afternoon I was out in the yard picking up all of the sticks that had fallen so Will could mow the lawn. We had all of these flimsy twigs everywhere. I kept thinking “Man, this would have been the jackpot for our pew decorations in the wedding last year!” Well that got me going, and next thing you know I am suspiciously sitting in the drive way with a huge pile of twigs and a ball of twine.
Will walks by and quizzically asks “Uh, whatcha’ making there Sweetheart?”
My hesitant response: “I’ll tell you later…. if it works.”
Well it worked! Ta Duh!
Here is how I made my very own grape vine wreath:
- Assemble your twigs. I had to tie two bundles together in the middle with a small piece of twine to make it big enough for my purposes. I imagine that you would want two separate bundles anyway since that makes them more flexible.**
- After that I took my ball of twine and wrapped it around the twigs to form them into a circle. That sounds odd I know. But by tightly wrapping the twine around the twigs every couple of inches it A)held them all together, and B) gave the leverage and solidity that I needed to bend them into a circle.
- Once that was done I had a bare grapevine-esk wreath that I could decorate however I wanted. I used some ribbon to make a medium sized bow for it, a beautiful fake flower left over from the wedding, and some twine covered Styrofoam balls. (have you noticed I have a thing for twine as well as the out doors?)
- Once I had everything situated the way I wanted I hot glued everything on. The flower has wire in it and was able to slip through the twine wound around the wreath, but I did glue some of the blooms in places to insure that they would lay at the right angle.
**It was suggested to me after I made this that if I do it again to soak my twigs in water first to make them more pliable.
Well there you have it! Didn’t take me very long at all either!