When we bought our house nearly two years ago, I made a mental note of the established muscadine arbor in our yard.
I had plans beyond the yummy summer fruit.
I had plans for the fading fall vines.
It’s been years since I’ve made my own vine wreath and with a hefty supply of vines in my own yard, I have no excuse!
These wreaths are widely available in craft stores, but if you have access to vines, you really should try making your own. It’s simple and rewarding.
I sat in the cool outdoor November sunshine and twisted up my wreath, then enjoyed the company of my Little Maker, making her own with the extra pieces I had cut.
How to Make a Vine Wreath
If you’ve never made one yourself, here’s a few tips to get you started:
When you cut the vines, strip the leaves, but if you like them, leave some of the tendrils attached.
Start by deciding how large you want to make your wreath. The finished wreath will be a little larger, depending on how thick you make it.
Form a circle or oval and fold the end over until it holds. Then begin wrapping the other end in the opposite direction, and tuck it in between two vines.
When you’re ready to add a new one, find a good place to push the end between two vines, and begin wrapping again. Try to stagger your starting place to keep the wreath even since one end of the vine is thicker than the other.
When it’s as thick as you like, it’s time to decorate. I used a single spray and cut them apart, pushing 3 flowers into the bottom right corner of the vine, and longer accent pieces out from each side. Simple!
A Thrift Store Find Problem…Solved
Do you remember the upcycled mirror project a few months ago? That mirror was actually only one of two that I bought that day, and the second one has been hanging around waiting for a makeover.
Except it had a serious character flaw.
I thought I was bringing home a badly dusty pair of mirrors, but one of them was more than just dusty. It had that dull, dingy looks that just wouldn’t clean off. It was pretty much useless as a lovely mirror.
So instead of throwing it out, I decided to repurpose it into a wall frame for my vine wreath project.
After a coat of my favorite paint for the frame, I measured a piece of duck fabric to fit the mirror.
Next, I coated the mirror portion with Mod Podge, then spread the cut fabric over it and pressed it smooth.
I used hot glue to attach a strip of ribbon for the wreath onto the back of the frame, and reinforced it with a couple of thumbtacks.
Wasn’t that just simple?
And a perfect Pocket Time project too!