Grapevine decorations are one of the heralds of fall. Hardy and outdoorsy, grapevine stands up well to the autumn elements and looks warm and inviting for guests and family alike. In addition to wreaths, grapevine garland can be formed into a woodsy pumpkin to nestle amongst the orange beauties on your front doorstep to welcome fall. And don’t forget to stuff them full of Christmas lights on Halloween to add to the eerie glow of the evening!
Things to do:
1. Soak your grapevine in a tub of water for a few hours to soften it up. This will make it easier to work with.
2. Leaving a 6″ long tail out the top, bring the vine around into a loop and wrap wire tightly where the two layers meet. The tail will be the stem of the pumpkin.
3. Loop the vine around again, making approximately the same size loop, and secure with wire. Remember that some of the most interesting looking pumpkins are knobby and slightly uneven, so having your loops identical isn’t necessary.
4. Continue to loop and secure until you have reached the end of the vine, working the loops around to form a pumpkin shape.
5. Untwist or cut the small wires that hold the vine in bunches so that the strands of the vine can be spread out.
6. Use the small wires you just removed or short lengths of floral wire to pull strands of vine together to keep the vine evenly distributed around the pumpkin shape.
7. Wrap a sort length of wire around the stem to help keep the loose ends formed into shape.