It's the end of the growing season and you've enjoyed a bountiful harvest of grapes from your vines. Instead of pruning back your grapes and throwing away the clippings, put them to use in grapevine wreaths. The wreaths can be as tiny as 4-inches across or as large as 36-inches in diameter. Decorate the wreaths with flower garlands and use as centerpieces or to greet visitors at your front door.
Cut the grapevine in 7 to 8 foot lengths. Remove the leaves but leave the corkscrew tendrils.
Start at the thick end of the grapevine holding it between your two hands. Increase the pressure of your hands so the vine bends but doesn't break. Move your hands 3-inches down the grapevine and press again so the vine bends. Continue until the end of the grapevine.
Bend each grapevine as you did the first. This softens the grapevine and makes it easier to bend into a curved circle.
Hold the thick end of the grapevine in your left hand. Form a circle that is 12 inches in diameter with the vine. When you pass the thick end of the grapevine, use your left hand to hold both grapevines together. Wrap the other end over and then under the first grapevine circle. Continue wrapping in a clockwise direction. Wrapping the grapevine over and then under the first circle. The wraps should be from 3 to 4-inches apart. Tuck the end of the grapevine in between the other vines. Twist a short piece of floral wire over the grapevine where it ends.
Keep wrapping the first circle with the remaining grapevines using the over and under method until the wreath has reached the size you desire. Secure each length at the end by twisting a short piece of wire over the vines where that piece ends.
Lay the wreath on a flat surface. Put a board on top of the wreath and then heavy books on top of the board. This flattens the wreath a bit so it will lie flat on a table top or on a wall.
Remove the books and board after one day. Hang the wreath on a wall in a warm dry spot. Give the wreath a quarter turn every day so it hangs and dries evenly.
Place the wreath on a table or flat working surface. Tuck one end of the silk garland of flowers behind one of the vines in the back of the wreath. Secure with a dab of hot glue. Turn the wreath to the front. Wrap the garland around the wreath by bringing it over the top of the wreath, then under the wreath to the back and returning to the front of the wreath over the top.
Continue until the end of the garland has been reached. Tuck the end under a vine in the back of the wreath and secure with a dab of hot glue.
Place a wire-edged ribbon bow on the front of the wreath and secure with hot blue or wire.