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Thanks, guest contributor Gillian Grimm, for this gorgeous seasonal tutorial!
Grapevine pumpkins pack craft and décor stores this time of year. But how about making one of your own? It’s quick, simple and allows you to customize it to create something a little more unique – like this spooky black version, perfect for your Halloween porch decorations!
You Will Need:
- grapevine garland (about 7 feet of garland per pumpkin)
- Floral wire
- Wire cutters
- Matte black spray paint
- Single string lights, if desired (cordless)
- Soak the grapevine overnight in a tub of water to help soften the wood and make it more pliable.
- Untie the larger strapping but leave the small wires that hold the vines together into a garland. You’ll remove these later but leaving them for now will make forming the pumpkin easier.
- Grasp one end of the garland, leaving about four inches of the tail sticking up to form the stem of the pumpkin. Bring the long end of the garland over into a loop and secure with a length of floral wire where the two cross.
- Continue to loop around, forming a pumpkin shape and continuing to wire the garland together at the core, until you reach the end of the garland.
5. Clip the small wires along the outer part of the pumpkin to release the individual vines in the garland, causing the pumpkin to fill out. Use short lengths of wire to help disperse the vines evenly.
6. Allow the pumpkin to dry overnight. Spray with paint over newspaper, turning to assure even coverage. Allow the paint to dry before displaying.
7. If you’d like, thread battery-operated lights inside the pumpkin to have a beautiful, illuminated look.