A DIY Grapevine Pumpkin

Woodland elements come together to form a garden-inspired pumpkin.

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I love fall, and I adore pumpkins. I also love being able to bring the the outdoors in when I can't spend as much time as usual in my garden. 

When I was a little girl my parents would go off into our large wooded property and collect vines each fall. When they returned, my sisters and I would help them wrangle and wrap the vines into wreaths, which my mother took great pride in decorating for the fall and holiday seasons. Unfortunately where I live, we don't have those vines, but I didn't let it stop me. Those fond memories served as this craft's inspiration.

Grapevine wreaths come in an assortment of sizes and are readily available all year round at craft stores. For this pumpkin, I used the six inch size. If you decide to make a few of these pumpkins, try varying the sizes of the wreath. Alone or in a grouping, they make a lovely accent to any room of the house.

Supplies:

  • Six 6" grapevine wreaths
  • One 8-10" length of branch approximately 1-1/2 inches wide.
  • Hot glue gun
  • Floral wire
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters (optional)

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Grapevine Pumpkin How-To

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Minimalist Pumpkin

Can't find pumpkins in stores yet? Create this grapevine version to tide you over!

Round Up Your Supplies

You will need: 6 grapevine wreaths (6 inches each) / 9-inch piece of branch / Floral wire / Scissors / Wire cutters (optional) / Hot glue gun

Unwrap the Wreaths

Carefully unwrap the piece of grapevine that binds the wreath; set it aside, as you will need it later. With the floral wire, wrap a 1" section of the wreath tightly with a piece of floral wire. Go around a few times for a secure hold. Repeat this on the 5 other wreaths.

Pull the Wreath Apart

On the side directly across from the floral wire, gently tease apart the wreath until if unfurls and opens easily. Repeat on all the wreaths.

Glue the Wreaths

Hot-glue the wreaths around the bottom of the branch with the unfurled sides facing out. 

Space Them Evenly

Be sure the spacing is even. If necessary, reinforce the glue by wrapping floral wire through the middle of the wreaths tightly around the stem. 

Tie the Wreaths

Next, with the grapevine pieces that you set aside earlier, weave the wreaths together. If necessary you can use small twists of floral wire for added support. Start at the top and finish at the bottom. 

Look for Gaps

Make adjustments to the wreath to correct any bare spots.

A Unique Stem

Try mixing up the branch that you select for the stem. This pumpkin has a birch branch that adds another decorative layer.

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