Here’s a repeat of my Fourth of July blog from last year. It seems like a good time for some more good old fashioned craft-making fun.
Most of the materials were found in my own backyard, but I took a few shortcuts with craft-store goods. I’ve never been able to make as nice a bow as I can buy for 99 cents.
If you have vines growing in your yard, like the trumpet vine growing in mine, you should have plenty of material to craft your own twisted vine wreath and I’ve included some tips on how to make one.
If you take a stroll through your garden, I’m sure you’ll find some flower heads you can use to decorate the wreath, like yarrow and baby’s breath.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Wreath base or vines to make one
- Florist wire and scissors
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Red, white and blue craft paints and brush
- Red, white and blue ribbon
- Flower heads and plants from the garden like yarrow, baby’s breath, statice and other garden materials that will hold their shape when dried.
I made my wreath base using trumpet vines, but other kinds of vines would also work for this project.
It’s easier to use fresh-cut vines, but if none are available you can use lengths of older vines.
I cut about 8 lengths of dried vines and soaked them in a bathtub of warm water for several hours until they became pliable again.
To make a round wreath base, take 2 or 3 of the vines and curve them to form a circle. Allow for an overlap of several inches. Tie with florist wire or hold the vines in place by wrapping a heavier vine around the circle.
Continue weaving vines, one at a time, around the circle. Tuck the ends into the wreath to hold them into place until you have a finished wreath.
To decorate the wreath:
Decorations depend on the natural materials you have growing in your garden. For my wreath, I separated pieces of yarrow into large and small sections.
I painted some of the large sections blue and some sections red; smaller sections were painted white.
After these pieces dried, I used dots of hot glue to attach them to the wreath in a pattern to resemble an American flag: blue with white stars and red with white stripes.
Then I tucked in bits of baby’s breath around the top of the wreath to look like explosions of fireworks. Floral statice, leftover from another craft project, was added along the bottom of the wreath, but the wreath base would look nice without decorations, too.
The last step was to attach a Fourth of July ribbon and hang the wreath on the front door to show my patriotic–and gardening–pride.