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If you’re new to working with grapevine wreaths, you may be wondering just how to decorate them. Here are my top tips and tricks for how to decorate a grapevine wreath base to create incredible-looking wreaths.

Hey, y’all! For a long time, I only worked with deco mesh wreaths. I just love the way they look. However, after a while, I wanted to expand my skills and offerings and began working with grapevine wreath bases.

When I made this pivot, I discovered just how much fun it is to work with grapevine wreaths! However, there was a bit of a learning curve. If you’re new to working with grapevine wreaths, I want to flatten that curve out for you a bit.

Start by checking out Wreath Making for Beginners!

When it comes to grapevine wreaths, there are actually quite a few things you can do to level up a basic grapevine, and I’m going to show them to you in one easy-to-reference post.

Once you check out the tips below, they’ll help you confidently create stunning grapevine wreath designs such as our Leopard Print Ribbon Bow Grapevine Wreath, Welcome To Our Honeycomb Floral Grapevine Wreath, and many more!

grapevine wreath base, basket of ribbons, sunflower stem, greenery stem, and home wooden sign

Tools Needed To Decorate A Grapevine Wreath

Look, we love hosting live tutorials on our DecoExchange Facebook page. But, we also recognize that different people learn differently. With that in mind, every now and then we like to drop a blog post to help new wreath makers as well.

These days, you’ll see us working on deco mesh, grapevine, and even bike wheel wreaths! Since we get questions from readers from time to time about working with grapevine wreaths, we figured it was time to lay out some of the design pieces we use in our designs.

First, we’ll start with the kind of tools and supplies you’ll want to have on hand. These are important not only for learning how to decorate a grapevine wreath, but other projects like garlands, swags, and centerpieces, too.

What wreath-making tools should I have? When it comes to making beautiful grapevine wreaths, you’ll want to gather a few helpful supplies.

Glue gun

We sell a heavy-duty glue gun over at our warehouse. But if you’re just starting out you can definitely snag a good one from Amazon too.

Wire cutters

These are a must. When you decorate a grapevine wreath, you’ll work with florals and greenery. Their stems are thick enough that regular scissors won’t work on them, so you need a set of wire cutters.


This is one of your most universal tools. You’re going to need these for almost everything.

Want to learn more about the tools you’ll need for wreath making? Check out our Tools to Cut Artificial Flower Stems and Favorite Wreath Making Tools posts. They’ll give you all the info you need!

How To Clean Your Grapevine Wreath 

Before you jump into decorating, you’ll want to clean up your grapevine base. Remove loose vines, twigs, and leaves. We definitely don’t want those making a mess later!

Cut off any straggler twigs and vines. This not only makes your final wreath look a bit more polished, but it’ll also save your door from getting scratched.

If the weave of your grapevine is super tight, now is a good time to get your scissors in there to loosen the weave just a little. This will allow you to get your stems in a little easier without losing the integrity of the entire piece. 

Just stick your closed scissors in between the weave and give it a little wiggle.

How To Decorate A Grapevine Wreath Base

Now that we’ve talked about the tools you’ll need and how to clean your grapevine, it’s time to dive into the elements you’ll use to decorate a grapevine wreath.

Play around with a few elements and see what you like the best. These are just a few ideas on how to decorate a grapevine wreath. 


Take a look at these different bow examples.

examples of bows on a grapevine

Do you see how different ribbon sizes, patterns, and methods create entirely different looks? Don’t let anyone tell you a bow is just a bow. It can have many different looks – and this is just a small sample of the possibilities!

Using 4″, 2.5″, and 1.5″ ribbons gives your bow depth as you add layers. Get creative with your bows. But, most of all…have fun!

For helpful bow tutorials to help you get started, check out:

Use Greenery

examples of using greenery to decorate a grapevine

Adding a mix of greenery stems can give your grapevine wreath a much-needed upgrade. Look at this small sampling of the different variations we have done using greenery.

Different shades, textures, and shapes can add so much depth to your final design. Find your favorite assortment of greenery stems and have fun!

There are no rules and the sky is the limit to the possibilities.

Adding Florals 

examples of florals on a wreath

If you’ve been following my designs for any length of time, you know I love colorful wreaths.

Floral stems (alone or paired with other greenery stems) can really make a design pop with color. You can see in the examples above how simple design choices can take your wreath from a year-round look to a seasonal piece.

You can add different size flower blooms and layers of greenery to create texture and interest.

Using Signs To Decorate A Grapevine

examples of signs to decorate a grapevine

I love to use signs to add a pop of personality to my wreaths. They can be cute or cheeky. And either way, they’re always fun!


We’ve gone over the basics of how to decorate a grapevine wreath. But there’s always more to learn! Here are a few answers to questions I frequently see readers ask to give you even more info.

What are other ways to decorate a grapevine wreath?

Bows, wreath signs, floral and greenery stems are the most common elements to add to a grapevine wreath design. But I wanted to drop a few either ideas before you check out our other tutorials.

Change The Color – You can spray-paint your grapevine to have a festive base. I’ve seen red and white bases along with some that even had glitter paint.

Change The Shape – If you already have a round grapevine but want an oval shape, soak your grapevine in water. Give it a little hug width-wise and shape it into an oval. Then, set it aside and allow it to dry before adding any design elements.

How do I attach ribbon to a grapevine wreath?

I don’t add single ribbons to grapevine wreaths. When I attach the ribbon, it’s an entire bow.

To do that, I simply take the pipe cleaner that holds the bow together and push it through the grapevine base. Then the tie it in the back and hide the rest of the pipe cleaner by tucking it back into the wreath base.

That’s it, y’all! I hope you found this post helpful. Please share your designs with us – we can’t wait to see your grapevine wreaths!

Want To Make Your Own Wreath?

If you haven’t joined our Facebook group How To Make Wreaths Facebook Group, make sure you head on over there. Share your latest grapevine design!

If you need any help with centerpiece-making, bow-making, wreath-making, or crafting in general, be sure to check out more of our tutorials on How to Make Wreaths

Finally, if you’re interested in more info on learning how to make wreaths, where to buy supplies, and being in a community of like-minded crafters, check out our Creative Coaching Subscription Group.

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