As far back as the ancient Greeks, the human heart has been associated with emotion; pleasure, love, hate, rage, etc.
As far back as I can remember, I’ve had a love-relationship with vine wreaths.
In fact, one year during the craft festival season (in the late 1980s), my girlfriend and I made dozens of wreaths from the Confederate Jasmine and Grapevine growing on my fence in my back yard. We jazzed them up with flowers and ribbon and sold them at one of the local craft shows.
That was my one and only foray into the craft show life. I soon learned that I don’t have the patience to sit there all day — for two days straight — waiting for people to see the beauty in my creative-ness.
Side note: I also don’t have the patience to hold a garage or yard sale. Ten-minutes into it, I’m asking, “How long have we been open? How much longer until we close?”
But, despite not wanting anything to do with selling my wares at a craft show, I’m still putting my creative-ness to good use and have been doing so since I was a Brownie Scout with my mother as my leader back in the late 1950s.
So, what does all that have to do with today’s project?
Well, remember that I’m digging into my archives of saved magazine pages from as far back as 1976? And remember that I’m using them — in an updated format — to make creations that you might also want to make?
Today’s project is from the Sept. 1, 1992 edition of Woman’s Day magazine. This wreath is made using pussy willows, which aren’t grown in Florida, so I’m using vines.
This is so easy to make, you’ll be running out to find where you can pull down some vine to make your own.
I used about 125-feet of vine that I pulled off of a palm tree that was being choked out by the vine. Some of the vine was grapevine and some was something else (I have no idea, but it had thorns that I didn’t notice until I got pricked.) I’m lucky it wasn’t poisonous, I guess. Of course, you’ll need whatever you’re going to embellish it with. I used three little “bushes” of flowers from Dollar Tree. And you’ll need some floral wire or the thicker soft wire they sell at Dollar Tree, hot glue, and wire clippers.
Let’s get started. Here’s my vine. It’s cut into about 4-foot pieces and the divided evenly. Holding the two sections together, but keeping them separated, coil a piece of vine around the end and tuck it into the vine to hold in place.
Where you have coiled the vine together, that is the start or point of the heart. To make the vine hold its heart shape, you will now wrap wire around each of the two sections of vine for about 12- to 14-inches. Because my life currently revolves around all things polished copper, I used copper wire to wrap my vines. Then, when the wire is in place, pull the two vine sections down and hold in place near the bottom by coiling another piece of the vine around it. Then wrap some string or wire around that until the vine dries.
Basically — your heart-shaped wreath is complete. Now let it sit and dry out for a few days. I usually let mine sit for about three-days.
But how about some fun info before we move on? The ancient Romans held a belief about the heart — that there was a vein extending from the fourth finger of the left hand directly to the heart. So, wearing a wedding ring on that finger goes back all the way to the Romans. Cool, right?
Okay, moving on. Now it’s time to embellish your wreath. I used only three “bushes” of flowers from Dollar Tree, because I wanted to keep it simple. But always remember, it’s your project, so do with it as you please. I laid it out and then began hot-gluing the flowers to the grapevine. Always remember that if you live in a hot climate and the wreath is going to hang outdoors, the hot-glue will need to be replaced with something more permanent. Wiring the flowers onto the vine will work best. I live in South Florida and things have come unglued (in more ways than one, ha ha ha), but this is going to hang indoors at my friend’s house.
I love it.
And my friend is going to love it, too!
This is a photo of the one I made today next to one I made about 30-years ago for my parents anniversary. I update the flowers every year. It hangs from what was my mother’s bedroom door.