With a little bit of creativity, you can turn grapevines into rustic decor that improves the look of your home. A homemade grapevine tree, for example, can be decorated for every season or holiday to bring a bit of country chic to your surroundings.
Things You'll Need
- Tomato cage
- Cable ties or floral wire
- Decorations and embellishments
Soak the dry grapevines in water overnight. Skip this step if you are using fresh grapevines. Soaking the dry grapevines in water makes them more pliable and easier to work with.
Turn the tomato cage upside-down so the three spikes that are usually pressed into the ground are facing upward.
Wrap the widest end of a grapevine branch around the bottom of the tomato cage. Secure the end of the grapevine in place with a cable tie or floral wire.
Keep wrapping the grapevine branch around the tomato cage while working at an upward angle until you're out of grapevine. Secure the branch periodically with cable ties or floral wire while wrapping. Use a cable tie or floral wire to secure the end of the vine to the tomato cage.
Position a second grapevine directly where you left off with the first. Wrap the two grapevines as close together as possible. Begin wrapping it around the cage in the same manner as the first. Continue wrapping grapevines around the cage until you reach the top. The grapevines closer to the top should be thinner than the vines toward the bottom.
Secure the end of the last branch to the cage with a cable tie or floral wire. Push the excess grapevine branch into the cage.
Decorate the grapevine tree with moss, twinkle lights, flowers or any other embellishments you want. You can also leave the grapevine tree bare or decorate it with natural items like pine cones.
Tips & Warnings
- If desired, spray paint the tomato cage brown to camouflage the silver wire underneath the grapevines.
- Fill in wide gaps in the grapevines by hot gluing Spanish moss to the area.
- You can hot glue your favorite dried flowers to the tree to add a bit of color. Decorative bows or bows made from burlap also work well as decorations for the grapevine tree.
- You can also spray paint the grapevine tree to match your home decor.
- Use a foam floral cone as a substitute for the tomato cage and wrap the grapevines around it in the same manner.
- Take care when working with tomato cages as the sharp stakes can pierce, cut and scrape the skin.
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