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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Lughnassadh Children Crafts -- Grapevine Pentacle

Sunday, July 10, 2011
As this first harvest comes upon us, I believe that we should use the bounty of the Earth in some of our crafts. Then we aren't adding more plastic to the world and our children learn to respect the Earth.
So today I found on about.com this wonderful idea for making a pentacle decoration out of grapevine.

Here are the instructions:
  1. This is a craft which is simple to make, although it takes a little bit of patience. You’ll need several grapevines of thin to medium thickness, freshly picked so they’re pliable. If they’ve dried out, you can soften them up by soaking them overnight in a bucket of water.
  2. Strip all the leaves and stray stems from the vines. Select your longest vine and shape it into a circle about 18” in diameter. Continue coiling the vine around the circle until you reach the end, and then tuck the end up under the other layers to hold it in place. Take your next longest vine, and repeat the process. To start each new vine, tuck one end into the existing circle, coil it around, and then tuck the end in. Repeat this until your wreath is the desired thickness -- five to seven vines ought to give you a good base.
  3. Now you’ll need five pieces of grapevine that are of equal lengths, and they should each be about 2” longer than the wreath’s inside diameter. These five pieces will form the star in the center of the pentacle. Take the first piece and work it into place across the center of the wreath, anchoring each end by tucking it into the outer vines of the wreath. Repeat with the other four pieces, overlapping them where needed, until you have a star in the center. Use the florist’s wire to secure the ends in place.
  4. Finally, tie off a short length of florist’s wire to the top of the wreath, so you can hang it on your wall or door.


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