Confession: I pruned my grapevine a bit late this year.
I hope that doesn’t come back to bite me…I really want a grape harvest this year. But you know, wielding a pair of pruning shears while intensely nauseas didn’t seem a like a good plan.
So I did what every responsible pregnant grape pruner would do. I put it off for later.
I didn’t get any grapes from this vine last year, and I don’t really know why. It was here when we moved in, so I’m not sure how old it is. It may be that it was too young to produce. Or, it may be that the previous owners planted it in possibly the worst spot in the yard. It should be getting full sun, and it definitely doesn’t.
Regardless, I pruned, and hope for the best this year.
Even if I didn’t get a single grape from this vine last summer, I did get the vines.
What good are they, you ask? Well I suppose you could do a number of things with them. A few ideas I had were to make some wattle fencing, trellises, maybe even a basket!
But in the end I decided to go with a wreath.
I made one last year from the pruned vines and it’s my favorite wreath, so I wanted to make another.
I love putting new wreaths on my door for each season. I don’t go crazy with special wreaths for each holiday, that would take up a lot of storage room fast! But I currently have one for Spring, Fall, and Winter. Summer was feeling neglected and needed it’s own wreath, so the grape vines fate was sealed.
Making grapevine wreaths is really super simple. In fact, my four year old made one with me while I made mine!
I don’t have any underwater basket weaving classes under my belt, and I’m sure there are other methods for making these wreaths, but this is what I came up with and I think it turned out nicely. So, even if you aren’t super crafty, you can definitely make these.
- Start by collecting all your vines. While pruning I tried to keep each vine intact and as long as possible, but it’s not absolutely necessary by any means.
- Pick through your grape vines and find the three thickest ones.
- Then start braiding them together.
- When you’re done braiding them, weave the ends into each other to form the wreath. And remember, these are going to be very rustic and natural looking, so don’t fret over this being perfectly round.
- At this point, take a new grape vine and weave the end into the main wreath form. Then start wrapping it around the wreath. Keep going until you’ve reached the end of that vine, and weave the end into the wreath.
- Repeat that with several more vines, until it’s a thickness you’re happy with (or until you run out of grape vines!).
- As you get more and more vines into the wreath, you can start getting more creative with how you’re wrapping and weaving, so that it gives your wreath some character. Play around with it until you have it the way you like it, these vines are pretty forgiving.
- And then when your done, you can decorate to your little heart’s content!
And don’t forget to set aside a few vines for your kids to make their own.
I just used one vine and wrapped it around itself to get her started, and then let her finish it up. She was so proud of herself! This was a great little homeschool art project for her.
So what do you think? What do you do with your grape vines? Would you make a wreath?
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