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The Simplest Fall Bittersweet Wreath

DIY Bittersweet wreath

Hello friends! Today I am am just sharing a quick post about how to create a simple fall bittersweet wreath. Years ago I fell in love with Martha’s natural bittersweet wreath and hoped to make one some day.

 

beautiful vintage plate, antlers, bittersweet and dried roses, dried hydrangeas fall vignette fall decorating ideas

The problem over the years is that I could only seem to find little bits of dried bittersweet (at a hefty price) at some primitive shops.  

 

 

Wild oriental bittersweet vine

Imagine my surprise year before last when I discovered profuse amounts of bittersweet growing along the rock wall just across the street! I shared more about that joyous fall day in my post, Foraging for Bittersweet (Well, sort of!). 

 

Bittersweet wreath easy bittersweet grapevine wreath

I had already picked up a couple of grapevine wreaths on sale at Michael’s, so I was ready to get started! I cut a huge garbage bag full to use for the wreath and indoor fall decroating as well I began by separating out the longest and most pliable cuttings to use for the wreath from the shorter branches that could be used in other ways. There really isn’t much of a tutorial for this wreath to share. I simply stuck the ends of the vines way down in the wreath until the ends felt good and secure. Then I just took the trailing vines around the wreath, securing the branches at midway sections so that the ends were more loose and free form looking and that was all there is to it!

 

wild bittersweet spilling out of a rusty salvaged piece of crown molding

I used extra pieces to drape over the antique salvaged tin tile planter in the garden, and various places indoors.

 

 

 

 

Foraging for wild bittersweet vine (oriental bittersweet) Fall Decorating ideas

This was THE EASIEST wreath I have ever made! I encourage you to look around your neighborhood and along the sides of roads for wild bittersweet. It is invasive so it can often be found there.

 

 More Bittersweet Wreath Inspiration

 

II do hope to make a larger and fuller bittersweet wreath for Thanksgiving this year. Here are some wreaths I am using for inspo:

 

A Country Farmhouse 

 

 

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Rurally Yours

 

 

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply [email protected]

    You were so fortunate to find that bunch just across the street. I’m having to resort to faux this year since my only bit from several years ago finally had to be tossed. so pretty and I know we both love nature inspired decor!

    October 17, 2022 at 7:59 pm
  • Reply Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    Bittersweet is so hard to find down here in Texas, but maybe one day I’ll stumble over enough to make a wreath as pretty as yours!

    October 20, 2022 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply Terri

    Thanks for this idea! Lovely wreaths and it looks doable!

    October 25, 2022 at 9:34 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much!

      October 25, 2022 at 9:44 pm

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