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I remember making grapevine wreaths with my grandmother at their farm in Alabama in the summertime. It was a fun way to pass the time and make something useful. I made several Christmas gifts in college, each with a different theme.
Grapevine wreaths are simple for children to work with at any age. Look around your backyard, neighborhood park, or patch of woods for the pesky vines. You will be cleaning up and making a beautiful wreath simultaneously.
Small grapevine wreaths are easier to manage with small children. It is just continuous circles and weaving in and out a few times. When you have the thickness you want, cut it and tie it with twine or wire if necessary.
Grayson made his first wreath around age eight. My grandmother taught him with vines growing near her barn. He has been making them ever since. Everyone in our family has received a wreath for one occasion or another.
Begin with several strands of grapevine that are 4-6 feet long. Shorter for small children. Leave the squiggles and leaves on until you finish. Then decide how much to cut off. When it has dried you might like it with the leaves on.
First, make a circle the size you want your wreath. Add a small piece of wire after the first circle to make it super easy to stay together while you wind the vine around. Keep going around the circle and weaving into and out of the circle every few times to bring the vine together and give it a woven look.
Make it a group effort. Some can pull on the vine off the bush, others can cut and the rest can make the wreath. When you have reached the desired size, secure the end with a piece of wire or twine.
I love the look of natural beauty as decoration. A grapevine wreath can be used year-round with many different types of decorations.
In my experience, grapevine wreaths last at least five years, depending on how tight the weave is and what you use them for. The leaves will come off in about a year because they become brittle.
A nature walk can become a wreath-making expedition. Natural items are always on hand, and creating gifts from nature helps your children become curious about what else natural objects can be made into.