How to Soften Grapevines for Crafting

Local craft stores sell grapevines in a dried form. This dried form can be separated and stretched into garlands for projects. However, sold in wreath form, the grapevines are usually in a hardened state that can be difficult to unwind for use. Hard grapevines can cause cuts to your hands when you try to do use them for crafts. Soften the grapevines before you use them to make them pliable and easier to work with. A softened grapevine can be twisted and reshaped. Because of this, grapevines are an ideal medium for your home decorating projects.

Fill a sink with hot water. Allow the grapevines to soak overnight. If you do not have a sink large enough to accommodate a larger ring of grapevines, you can also use your bathtub.

Completely submerge the grapevines in the water bath. The entire grapevine ring should be covered with water. No pieces should rise above the waterline. If necessary, add more water to accomplish this.

Soak the grapevines until they are completely pliable. When the grapevines are no longer stiff or difficult to unravel, the soaking is complete. Expect this to last from 30 minutes to hours, depending on the vines.

Remove the grapevines from the water and gently begin to unravel them. There is usually a piece of wire that connects the entire set of grapevines together, and it can easily be removed by untwisting it.

Stretch out the grapevines on an outdoor table or piece of fencing in order to allow any excess water to drip off. If you choose to perform the drip dry process indoors, make sure it is in an area that will not be damaged by the water that will fall from the soaked grapevines.

Enjoy using the now softened grapevines for your arts and crafts.


Wrapping garlands of grapevine around staircases and along the edge of your ceiling can add a beautiful touch to your home.


Sharp pieces from grapevines can cause cuts to your skin. Be careful when working with it before it is softened.

Things You'll Need

  • Dried grapevine
  • Sink
  • Bathtub
  • Hot water
  • Drip dry area
  • Pruning scissors
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Jonae Fredericks started writing in 2007. She also has a background as a licensed cosmetologist and certified skin-care specialist. Jonae Fredericks is a certified paraeducator, presently working in the public education system.