Twig wreaths are made on a vine wreath base. These bases are made from vines such as grapevines, hop vines or even kudzu. You can make a wreath base from vines you gather in your yard. It is a slightly messy project, but a great way to turn your yard waste into free floral supplies.
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Things you need
- Large two-handled cooking pot
- Branch Clippers
- Floral wire
Gather vines 1/8 to 3/8 inches in diameter. They should not be green, but should still be at least slightly pliable. Soak the vines in a large tub of water for several days.
Turn the cooking pot upside-down on a water proof surface. Stick the end of one of the larger vines through the handle of the pot and wrap it around the pot. You should wrap the vines between the bottom of the pot and the handles. Wrap more vines around the pot until you are pleased with the thickness of the wreath.
Pull the wreath off the pot and tuck the ends in. Wrap smaller vines around the wreath to hold it together. Wrap these vines from the inside around to the outside and back all the way around the circle. Tuck all the ends into the spaces between the vines.
Cut small twigs 10 to 12 inches long. Gather four bunches of eight sticks and arrange the bunches in a square on the table.
Make four more bunches of twigs and place a bunch over each corner of the square. Use floral wire to bind the bunches together where they over lap.
Tie twine over the wire to cover it. You may add longer, thinner sticks to the wreath if desired.
Tips and warnings
- Use this wreath as the base for your twig wreath by wiring bunches of twigs to the wreath. This wreath is a good base for many types of wreaths or can be displayed unadorned. You can make a conical topiary style "tree" by stacking smaller and smaller wreaths.
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