If you live near a vineyard, the proprietors will sometimes allow you to cart away their discarded grapevines. Alternatively, you can cut wild grapevines or buy dried grapevines at a craft store. Construct weight-bearing grapevine furniture by weaving the vines over a frame, or use the twisted older vines as a furniture base. You can refurbish wicker furniture, use a ready-made frame or make one yourself. Many materials work as frames; bamboo is easy to work with, durable and readily available. Begin with a simple project such as an end table, which is suitable for a first-time project.
Things You'll Need
- 2-inch diameter bamboo, 20 inches in length, 8 sections
- 3-inch wood screws, 20
- Craft knife or handsaw
To make a 20-inch square end table, begin with 2-inch diameter bamboo for the frame. Cut eight sections of 20-inch bamboo, 20 inches long, for a square-topped end table.
Assemble the tabletop first. Fasten together four 20-inch sections of bamboo using screws.
Shape the tops of the legs so the straight legs fit easily against the top frame and form a square. Using a craft knife or hand saw, cut away a portion of the top of the legs to fit against the curve of the frame. Attach the legs to the corners of the tabletop frame using screws. Avoid drilling through the nodes, the raised rings that occur naturally in bamboo. Insert the screws from the outside of the tabletop frame legs into the frame and one from the inside of the leg out into the frame; tighten screws. Vary the exact placement of the screws, depending on the natural features of the bamboo.
Weaving the Grapevine
Soak the grapevine at least 24 hours or overnight to make it more pliable and easier to work with. Wash the soaked vine to remove any loose materials.
Weave the vine over and under in a crosshatch pattern, alternating horizontal and vertical vines as you work. Start at the center of the table. Tuck the ends into the weave as you work. If the vine end is stiff, secure the end from the underside with florist wire so that it does not unravel.
Work the vine, alternating down the legs and up to the tabletop edge, at an angle, working toward the center of the tabletop, to help stabilize the table construction. Bring the weave down approximately 3 or 4 inches; bringing it all the way down is unnecessary. Complete all four legs vertically before adding the horizontal weave; then take the horizontal weave all the way around. This section of weave adds stability, but not strength, to the construction. Play with patterns and perfect your technique for the next project.
- Photo Credit Wild Grapevine image by Empath from Fotolia.com bamboo image by fotografiche.eu from Fotolia.com basket weave image by robert mobley from Fotolia.com Wild grape leaf and grapevine image by Doodlebugs from Fotolia.com
What Type of Fertilizer to Use on Grape Vines?
Grape vines are easy to grow in the home garden if you have a trellis, arbor or fence on which they can...
How to Make Fresh Grape Juice
When grapes ripen, they usually do so at the same time, leaving you with a large harvest and only a limited time...
How to Make a Grapevine Tree
With a little bit of creativity, you can turn grapevines into rustic decor that improves the look of your home. A homemade...
How to Make Hollow Grapevine Ball Ornaments
Grapevine ball ornaments make beautiful, natural decorations for the home or garden. Now you can make them yourself in a range of...
How to Soak Grapevine Garland
Dried grapevine garlands can be found in many forms at craft supply houses. You can also find dried grapevine wreaths at yard...
How to Paint Vine Leaves & Flowers
Vines, leaves and flowers add a detailed, finished look to your decor. Wine cellars, garden rooms and mailboxes offer great opportunities to...