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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Grapevine Pumpkin



The weather could probably stand to cool down a little bit more before I would officially consider it fall, but I'm getting in the mood for fall decor. Fall is my absolute favorite season..... it has THE best food, holiday, colors, weather & decorating. I love September - November. After that, I'd like to fast forward to about May. Sigh........ if only. 

I should clarify that I love fall decor, but I do not like Halloween. I know. I'm one of those people. Notice above I said the best holiday {as in singular} which I consider to be Thanksgiving. I like pumpkins, gourds, crows, cornstalks and hay bales and all that stuff, but I don't like the witches, bones, skeletons, etc. that fall under Halloween decor. 

I came across this DIY Grapevine Pumpkin and thought it was really pretty and knew I had to make one. So I skimmed the scant directions to find out what I'd need, which is this:
 

6 - 6" grapevine wreaths
floral wire (I already had)
wire cutters (my wire was thin enough regular scissors worked fine)
glue gun (already had)
glue sticks (already had)
6"-8" branch that is 1-1/2" thick for your pumpkin handle (found out in the yard!)
plastic crow (optional, from the Dollar Store)

I bought my wreaths at Jo-Anns, they were 99 cents each. Cheap enough, but I also used 40% coupons on all but one wreath. Plus, at the time they also had a 15% off total purchase coupon too. Bonus! I originally bought 5 wreaths because of the 8 they had, 3 were kinda pretty sad looking.

Begin by unraveling the main vine that wraps the wreath, all but keeping about 1" wrapped. (Sorry for the blur, I was holding the camera with one hand & trying to push the button) Keep the vine you are unraveling and set aside.


Fan out the side that isn't wrapped. Mine really didn't fan out as well as I wanted them too. Or when they finally did, it was one that wasn't very full. Go figure.


Glue the wrapped side to the stick. Also use the floral wire to attach it if need be. I needed to. Do the same procedure to all the wreaths, spacing each one evenly.


I actually had to go back and get the last sad 3 wreaths because my original 5 were not fanning open very wide. It was when I went back the second time that I noticed in the entrance they had a display of ready made grapevine pumpkins for $19.99! Here they are, and they aren't as big as these either.


Use the unraveled wine vine (hmmm, can you tell I have a friend coming over any minute for Thirsty Thursday wine?) you set aside and wrap the wreaths to the inside of the pumpkin stick just for extra security.


If it will cooperate, you can also use the leftover vine to connect each wreath section to eachother to help it fan out. Mine wouldn't tie very well so I had to use my wire. But it was thin enough it's not so obvious.


Then, I added a bow with some ribbon I already had, and added my Dollar Store crow. The feet had little pieces of wire I could wrap around the vines.


Isn't it so cute?


I think the crow really makes it!

And that's all there is too it! Get your coupons ready & head on over to Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann's or Michaels and get some grapevine wreaths! This project cost me less than $6.00, including the crow. You can't even get the ready made one for anywhere near that even with a 40% off coupon!


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6 comments:

Lisa Longley said...

This turned out great!! I love it . . . and I will even forgive your lack of love for Halloween because it's so cute ;) Thanks for linking up at Wake Up Wednesdays! Pinning this!

Jill P. said...

Thanks Lisa! I know, I used to think maybe I will come around and start liking Halloween, but after 44 years, I just don't think it's going to happen. I do appreciate being forgiven though ;) ~ MamaGing

Leslie Lambert said...

Absolutely precious project...so rustic and pretty! This would be great to link-up to Create It Thursday #22…it's live now! Hope to see you there!

Jill P. said...

Thanks Leslie, I will check it out! ~ Mama Ging

Anonymous said...

I love your blog!

Jill P. said...

Thank you! ~ Mama Ging

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