Wreaths make me drool. Especially the viney ones, all interwoven with ribbon and twine and looking like birds’ nests.
The only problem is that they cost more than a visit to the dentist for a gold tooth.
My older son, Riley, was cruisin’ the backyard the other day, and made me a special gift of one of my green bean vines. Thank you, dear! How lovely…
Then it hit me. These really ARE cool looking, aren’t they? They ARE vines, right? And then, as he wandered from garden to hose to sandbox to bouncy ball to deck to picnic table, to plants, to puddles and mud pits, etc etc etc, I began cleaning out my garden and turning it into free, funky decorations.
A whole bunch of leafy, half-dead vines twisted together and tied with twine can become:
A perfectly good wreath for which I paid ZILCH.
Granted, I tied it with twine, but we had that on hand anyway. Little by little I’m trimming off wilty leaves, like the ones on the bottom left. Look at that. Live sculpture.
May my son’s boisterous enthusiasm for the outdoors inspire you to see the possibilities in your own backyard.