DIY Grapevine Hanging Basket
DIY Grapevine Living Wreath
I love to decorate with wreaths every single season as they add charm to any space. This easy DIY transforms an ordinary grapevine wreath in to a hanging basket for plants and flowers. This wreath adds character and color to any space outdoors such as your porch, tree, fence, or gate; the possibilities are endless. I love incorporating them in to my garden!
You will need
Round coco hanging basket insert
annual flowers of your choice (customize the wreath to your liking! succulents, herbs, or flowers can be used)
Lay the chicken wire on top of the bottom portion of the wreath to measure how much wire is needed. Bow the chicken wire out to create a bowl shape extending out from the wreath to ensure you have enough wire.
Use the wreath as a guide and cut the chicken wire along the edge of the wreath.
Once you have cut the chicken wire, wrap the edges of the wire around the edge of the wreath. You may also find floral wire handy at this step. If you feel the wire needs reinforcement in some areas then secure it with additional floral wire. Repeat this step for the backside of the wreath. Depending on where you plan to hang your wreath will determine how you cut the second piece of chicken wire that will be attached to the back side of the wreath. If you plan to hang the wreath on a flat service such as a door or wall then cut the chicken wire as it is flat against the back of the wreath. If you want the wreath double sided and the flowers to flow on both sides of the wreath then bow the chicken wire out in a bowl shape as you did for the front.
Once both the sides of the wreath are secure with chicken wire then add the coco insert in to the inside of the chicken wire. Stretch the insert to the edge of the chicken wire frame you have made. Work the coco insert to the corners and shape it to fit the form.
This sweet barn cat loves to be right in the middle of any project! He is so lovable and the best company!
I like to add moss in between the coco lining and the chicken wire. This step is optional; I have made these wreaths with or without moss and they both look nice. The annuals will drape over this portion of the wreath once they mature as well and will cover most of the coco lining.
Next add potting soil inside the bowl you have created with the chicken wire and the coco lining. Again, depending on where and how you choose to hang the wreath will determine where you add the dirt. Make sure the wire is flat on the back of the wreath and you only fill the front portion of the wreath if you plan to hang it against a flat service. Otherwise fill both sides with as much soil as you can fit in the bowl; the more soil you add the more the flower and plant roots will have room to expand and draw nutrients.
I have a few examples of wreaths I made this year and the flowers I chose. The first option I added annuals and one perennial that like part shade. This wreath will hang on my back covered porch. I’ve placed it on the end of the porch hanging from the roof to create some interest and add some privacy to the porch. Since it only gets morning sun I chose Lamium, lavender Impatiens, and Black Sweet Potato Vine. Although sweet potato vines thrive in sun, I’ve found they do well in part sun as well.
I added a few deer sheds to two of the wreaths I made to add extra height and interest!
I chose to hang an additional wreath in my tree. Adding hanging pots to low branches adds color and charm to any tree. I chose sun annuals and packed this one very full. We have a short growing season in Wyoming! Since annuals will be gone after the first frost I generally don’t follow the spacing guidelines on annuals, especially in pots or hanging baskets. These annuals will be competing for nutrition so I fertilize weekly and water one to two times a day depending on how hot the day is and how quickly the soil dries out. I want my pots and hanging baskets to look full from the start of the Summer. The baskets flowers in the wreath baskets will fill in nicely and start to drape over the edge of the chicken wire. Vining plants and flowers often grow up the side of the wreath. They are truly stunning when in full bloom and mature. I chose Burgundy Million Bells, Black Sweet Potato Vine, Petunia, and one African Daisy for this particular wreath.
I made a wreath for the front of my house as well. I have a visual blank spot to the right of my big picture window in the front of the house. The wreath again added some charm and added color to the space. I didn’t pack this wreath quite as tight with flowers as I only have the front portion of the wreath filled with dirt. I chose a dark burgundy Million Bells, Licorice plant, and a bright yellow Lantana. The annuals will fill in within a month or so and start to drape over the front the the wreath.
Be sure to fertilize weekly and water everyday. You should be able to water the wreath as it hangs where it is placed. No need to remove to water!
I will update this post with photos through out the Summer as the annuals mature and start to fill in the wreaths! I will also add photos of the how I update the wreaths for the Fall season! Last Fall I pulled the annuals out and added an ornamental kale plant along with Indian corn, small pumpkins and squash.