Nearly every wine enthusiast respects the quality of the grape. Not only do grapes taste fantastic in wines and juices, but they are attractive designs for any kitchen area. Decorating with real grapes is not always possible, which is why homeowners typically prefer to decorate their wine racks and stem holders with artificial grapes. Purchasing a number of artificial grape bunches is expensive, but you can craft your own artificial grape bunches at home as a cost-effective solution.
Things You'll Need
- Craft wire
- Wire cutters
- 1/2-inch wood beads
- Purple paint
- Brown spray paint
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue
- Sewing needle
- 2-by-2-inch brown silk fabric, 2 sections
- Leaf stencil
- Tape measure
- Fine-tipped permanent marker
Cut one section of wire to a 6-inch length. Cut 12 additional sections of wire to 4 1/2 inches in length. Use the 6-inch section for the center vein of the grape vine and the 4 1/2-inch sections for the individual grape stems.
Measure and mark 1/2-inch increments up the length of the 6-inch wire using a black permanent marker. Fold the 12 sections of 4 1/2-inch wire in half and wrap the center area around the 6-inch wire at each 1/2-inch mark.
Place the wire structure on a piece of old newspaper. Paint the structure using the brown spray paint. Shake can vigorously for one to two minutes; hold the can 10 to 12 inches from the wire as you apply an even coating. Allow the painted wire to dry completely before handling.
Hold the wire structure vertically and cut the 4 1/2-inch wire sections along each side, beginning from the bottom at the shortest and to the top longest wires. Make the base wires run 1 inch and grow steadily by 1/4 inch as they rise up the 6-inch wire.
Place 25 of the 1/2-inch wood beads on a piece of old newspaper. Fill the center of each bead with hot glue to create a solid ball. Scrape away excess hot glue from the outside of the beads with a craft knife after the glue dries.
Paint each of the wood beads with purple paint. Cover the exposed hot glue to create a finished purple ball. Allow the paint to dry completely, between one to two hours.
Create the leaves using the 2-by-2-inch sections of silk fabric. Trace the leaf stencil onto each section of silk using a fine-tipped marker, and cut out the leaf shape with scissors. Glue the stems of the leaves onto the top of the 6-inch wire. The top area is determined by the length of the stem wires as the longest wire stems will be at the top.
Poke a hole through the hot glue center of each purple 1/2-inch bead. Use a thick sewing needle to pierce the entire length of the bead. Slide the beads onto the ends of the wire stems, going up the 6-inch wire. Place one additional bead on the base of the 6-inch stem.
Re-position the stems running up the 6-inch wire section to create a realistic appearance. Use the fine-tipped black marker to draw details onto the leaf fabrics. Alternatively, use a green fine-tipped market to make the leaf details.
Tips & Warnings
- If purple glass beads are in your budget, consider using them in place of painted wood beads. Glass beads contain a shimmer that is difficult to replicate through painting.
- "Country Store: Traditional Food, Country Crafts, Natural Decorations"; Stephanie Donaldson; 1996
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