Make a Holiday/Christmas Wreath Using Nature's Gifts
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Make a Holiday/Christmas Wreath Using Nature's Gifts

Why buy a seasonal Christmas/Holiday wreath when you can easily make and decorate your own? By pulling a few foxgrape vines out of trees and bushes you can create your own Holiday/Yule/Christmas wreath and decorate it yourself. Now is the time to source your materials and get started. This easy and fun craft can also be used to make wreaths to sell at trade shows or online through DIY/homemade shops like etsy.com or eBay.

 

Fox Grape Vines Make Great Christmas Wreaths

To begin, you need a pair of vine loppers or heavy duty scissors. Something that will be strong enough to snip through green or semi-green vines perhaps the diameter of a ball point pen shaft or a bit larger. That's all you need to begin!

Go anywhere that wild grapes (fox grapes, etc.) can be found. You want to pull-down the slender green vines that still have summer leaves on them. These vines will be quite strong, green and still supple enough to bend and coil without breakage.

Pulling a few vines from trees helps the woods as it opens-up choked-off areas where the masses of wild grape vines deprive the forest floor of sunshine.

The length of vine you pull down is determinate upon how big of a wreath do you want to make. A wreath diameter of 15-20 inches should be fine. Larger wreaths may require more than one vine woven together but for most wreaths, one long vine coiled upon itself is adequate.

Pull out a length or 20 to 30 feet, and snip the thickest end with heavy duty utility scissors. You are now ready to begin coiling your wreath.

Coil the Vine into a Wreath/Loop

Next, coil the vine into itself, wrapping around the loop to create a hoop. You can pluck away any bothersome leaves and tendrils if they get in your way. They will fall off anyway as the vines dry and harden. It is beneficial if the vine has a fork in it and provides two vinesto coil instead of just the main vine.

When the wreath is of a desired size and girth, set it aside for a month or so for it to season. Drying out is necessary and makes a nice ancient appearance. Because these wreaths areso simple to make it is probably best to create several while you are still in the woods. Likely additional wreaths will be needed once you figure out how to decorate them. You will probably want to have a few on-hand for decorating ideas, to give as gifts or for sale.

I make my wreaths right in the woods as I harvest the vines. It is easier to not have to clean-up the leaves and debris that will be generated. The coiled wreath loop can then be easily carried home and stored in a garage or attic until aged and ready to decorate.

Build Your Wreath Now, Set it Aside to Dry/Cure

The longer the wreaths are allowed to dry, the more attractive they become. The leaves will dry and fall off. the occasional re-shaping may be required to obtain a truly round shape but once dried, the wreath will be quite static in shape.

I have made quarter-dozens of wreaths at one time and spooled them over a tree branch or stump back in New York and left them in the woods to dry and weather naturally. Returning months later, I find my wreaths now perfectly aged, preserved and ready-to-decorate.

The wreath can be decorated with ribbon, ornaments, plastic foliage, -or whatever you like. Felt-covered pipe cleaners/chenille stem can be attached and coiled around a pencil to suggest the natural tendrils of grape vines.

Attach Pine Cone Flowers to your Wreath

For creating 'pine cone flowers,' a fully cured/dried pine cone can be cut into short segments and glued or wired into close bunches on the vines of the wreath to suggest a bouquet of flowers in bloom.

A project such as this could be undertaken now to provide individual wreathes for school-age children to decorate and bring home to their parents!

Now is the time to begin making your holiday/Yule wreaths.

  • (update as to progress of this wreath-making craft to follow)

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Comments (4)

Natural wreaths made by you are more spiritually rewarding too I think

Great article, bookmarked.

Wonderful article. 

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Like minds. Wrote a similar article. We should have been neighbors.

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