New wreath for my bed-alcove.
Made from the clematis vine outside my bedroom window.
- Cut a bit of clematis vines off. The length depends on how big you want the wreath to be in the end. If you want a thick wreath, grab more than just a handful of vines.
- Then have someone hold one end, while you carefully twist the other end, to make it slightly more compact.
- Now just close both ends to round, use some nice ribbon to tie it all in place. (you could use packing string, or anything else you like… Bakers twine? Why not!)
- Once you have your desired shape, start “cleaning” it a bit. By that I mean deal with the little twigs and stuff that stick up in places where you don’t want them to stick up. You can either clip them of, or try and work them into the wreath.
- if you want a bit more stiffness to your wreath, because you plan to hang heavy things in it, then I suggest you find some fresh willow branches to twist together with the clematis. They are nice and pliable, but not as slinky as the clematis. Make sure they are fresh branches, as they bend better without breaking. Use as many or as little as you like/need to make your wreath as stiff as you like/need.
- You can also use an old dry cleaning hanger to wind your clematis around. This way you can have all kinds of shapes to your wreath, other than round. Just bend the wire to the desired shape first, then cut clematis and wind them around the wire. Tie in strategic places and presto!
- Now decorate to your hearts content.