Shauna Smith Duty
With the lasting popularity of old-world décor, this grape arrangement will add class and color to an end table, dining table, pedestal, or architectural niche. You can use the same concept with different varieties of fruit, or add seasonal flowers or ribbons to change the look of the arrangement.
What You'll Need:
- 7 medium sized rubber grape bunches in various colors
- 4 mini rubber grape bunches in various colors
- 1 bush of grape leaves or ivy
- 1 small natural grapevine wreath
- 1 tall container with a weathered patina (do not use glass)
- 1 small foam brick or cone
- floral pins (U-shaped)
- sphagnum moss or Spanish moss
- floral wire
- floral stakes
- wire snips
- glue gun
- Trim the foam so that it fits into the container and use hot glue on the edges and underneath to attach it. The foam will bear a lot of weight, so it needs to be secure.
- Cover the foam with a light layer of moss, and secure it with floral pins.
- Unravel the grapevine wreath and separate it. You'll use only 1/4 or 1/2 of the grapevine. Press the ends of 2-4 lengths of grapevine into the foam, allow the vine to circle widely above the container, and secure the opposite end into the foam. Repeat this three times, alternating the direction of the grapevine to form a criss-cross pattern at the peak.
- One at a time, arrange the larger grape bunches and secure them into the foam with floral pins. Let them drape over the sides of the container all the way around. Vary the lengths that drape so that they do not form a straight line at the lowermost grape. To build up the layers, attach floral stakes to the stems of the grapes and secure the stakes into the foam.
- Snip the grapevine or ivy bush into pieces at the base that holds the bunch together. Tuck the individual stems into the arrangement and press the wire ends into the foam. Longer pieces can be wound up the natural grapevine.
- Attach the mini grape bunches to the natural grapevine with floral wire. The mini bunches should hang freely with the wires hidden between grapes. Tuck in a few more stems of vine for the finishing touch. Turn your arrangement around to assess how it looks from all angles. There should be no front or back to this piece. The overall shape should resemble an inverted pyramid.
About The Author: Shauna Smith Duty is a freelance writer with a penache for writing family and parenting articles. She composes articles for both print and web publications, reviews children's books and movies, writes short plays, and provides editing services. Visit her online at http://www.shaunasmithduty.com
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