Easy Wreath of Bittersweet

Since I have begun blogging and getting more and more into creating wreaths and other decorative items for our home, I have been simply amazed at the wealth of materials available to me in my own backyard. It was just last year that I discovered these pretty berries growing within our forsythias. I didn't know what they were until my friend Judy from Gold Country Cottage left a comment telling me what a "treasure trove" I was sitting on. This year I discovered bittersweet growing in multiple areas of our yard, so I decided to use it around the house to decorate for fall and to make an easy peasy rustic looking wreath with these crimson beauties.

All I needed in addition to the bittersweet (with their leaves removed) was a simple grapevine wreath, a little floral wire, scissors to cut the vine and floral wire, and a few pine cones. The fresh cut vine is very malleable so it is easy to bend. You can make it even more flexible by soaking the vine in warm, not hot, water. I started by first taking a long piece of the vine and creating a circle with it, securing the ends together with some floral wire. I then anchored it with four pieces of floral wire to the grapevine wreath. The three pine cones were attached together with another piece of wire and tied onto the wreath. Then I just poked more pieces of bittersweet into the existing wreath. The wreath sat overnight and by the next day the little golden color pods had begun to fall off exposing the bittersweet berry. 

Then today I added more of the golden pods for a little color variation.

These too will shed their pods in the next 24 hours and then wreath will be really full of fall glory.

Take a look around your own backyard the next time you set out to decorate for the season, I bet you'll be surprised at what you find.

Happy first weekend of fall y'all!!!

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  1. oh Barb, it's really wonderful! Bittersweet is one of my favorite Fall elements!

  2. I love bittersweet and your wreath is gorgeous.

  3. So pretty! This is my favourite of all the wreaths I've seen this fall.

  4. The Fall wreaths are so beautiful. Yours is wonderful. Love it.

  5. Love this, Barbara! I have some faux bittersweet and I think I can get his effect. Thanks!

    Jane x

  6. Love the bright orange of bittersweet. Your wreath is gorgeous!


  7. So beautiful, Barbara!! The real thing is so special!!..Happy Sunday..Judy

  8. Usually, I love to decorate my house with flowers. I never heard that bittersweet can be used to decorate room or house, until today. Very amazed with the beautiful design. I will try this. Thank you very much.

  9. Super nice! I love it. Pinning this. This can become a great Christmas decor too.

  10. Gorgeous in it's simplicity! Thanks for sharing.
    Joanne @ Sea Glass Cottage

  11. This is just beautiful for fall...especially against that weathered wood...

  12. I have always loved bittersweet, and your wreath turned out gorgeous!! great job!!

  13. That is so beautiful! I'm pinning this right now. So glad I found your post at Kim's link up.

    Best wishes from Down Under,
    Natasha in Oz

  14. I love bittersweet! Your wreath looks fabulous!

  15. What a gorgeous wreath, Barbara! The pine cones are a perfect touch. Unfortunately bittersweet doesn't grow here in California, and we have a limited palette of any other sort of fall berry, so I have to resort to the faux berries available in craft stores.

  16. I too LOVE bittersweet. It looks so good.

  17. Fantastic article. I love bittersweet and i want to decorate my house with flowers. Thanks for sharing.
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