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How to Soak Grapevine Garland

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There is an abundance of craft projects you can design and complete with grapevine garland. From wreaths to swags to centerpieces, grapevine garlands lend themselves ideally to many different rustic decorating ideas. A common problem when working with grapevine garland is stiff vines that will not conform easily to shaping. Unless you have just recently harvested your grapevines, soak grapevine garland prior to using it in a project to make the grapevines easier to shape and manipulate.

Fill the plastic bin approximately halfway with cool water.

Place the grapevine garland into the water and push it beneath the surface of the water.

Weight the garland beneath the water with a large brick, if necessary, to keep it beneath the water. Add more water to fill the bin to the top.

Leave the garland soaking for approximately eight to 12 hours.

Lift the grapevine garland from the water and drape it over a clothesline until the excess water drips off the grapevine. Do not allow it to dry out completely because it will lose its pliability if it dries completely.

Use the grapevine garland for your project when the grapevines are slightly damp.

Grapevine Garland Christmas Decorations

Decorate a festive mantel with a lit grapevine garland. Repeat this until the garland has the desired amount of greenery. Make sure the bottoms of the stems face each other and meet in the middle with the top of the boughs facing out. Tie a bow out of red ribbon or burlap and attach the bow to the wreath by weaving florist wire through the back of the bow and wrapping the wire around the wreath. Hang the wreath from a piece of ribbon or burlap. Hot glue the two twigs onto the grapevine ball. Use a small grapevine wreath as a rustic holiday centerpiece. Tie a piece of burlap around a mason jar.

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