With Christmas on the way, you might be wanting a different kind of Christmas decoration around your house. One such choice is a spiral vine tree. These holiday accents are made from any garden vine and left to dry after being formed.
This project requires some specialized tools. You’ll need some pruning sheers and a tape measure for cutting the vines. You’ll also need a tomato cage to use as the form for the tree. Finally, you might want to pick out some white lights or other decorations once the tree is dry.
Grapevines are by far the best for this project. The vines are thin enough to work with, but dry out very rigidly. Other vines that work well include ivy and honeysuckle. The ideal length of each vine is roughly 15 to 20 feet to allow for constant wrapping.
Turn the tomato cage upside down and wrap some vine at the top to hold the ends in place. You’ll want to start wrapping the tree at the bottom and wrap multiple layers on top of each other. This gives the base a really full look. As you approach the top, you can thin out the vines more and more, as long as the entire cage is covered.
Spiral vine trees are wrapped while the vines are fresh. After you’ve finished wrapping the tree and have tucked the vines in, the tree must start drying. Place the tree in a warm, dry, dark place, such as a closet, for two to three weeks. During this time, the vines will dry out and harden. Once the vines are hardened, you can decorate the tree.
The most popular decoration for spiral vine trees is white Christmas lights. Because you’ve already gotten the hang of working with live plants, you could make some citrus ornaments. Additionally, pine cones or autumn leaves strung into a garland are all very complementary.