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Handmade Memories

There’s nothing like handcrafted decorations to evoke special Christmas memories. Like these wreaths – made by my husband, coping with health issues, he would busy himself creating them to give to friends and family. Every Christmas season, as we see them in homes of relatives, neighbours and friends, hanging over a fireplace, a door or window, there is that gentle reminder that our loved one lives on.

He grew many fruiting grapevines and one wild Manitoba grape that climbed and twined its way to the very top of the wooden clothesline pole. In late fall, vines were gathered and wreath making would be underway.

To make them, bend vines to form a circle of desired diameter. Weave and wind sufficient vine to desired thickness. It will take at least 10 or 15 revolutions until it’s firm and amply thick. You will need about 20 to 30 feet

of fresh vine. Using a hot glue gun, add

desired items such as large

and small evergreen evthis

cones, assorted nuts and small purchased decorations if

this appeals to you. Keep adding cones and

nuts until spaces are well filled. Add a

wire loop for hanging. A fine spray of light varnish adds shine as well as sealant. Glitter can be added immediately following the spray.

Cone hunting in autumn adds much pleasure to the project. Picking is easy and time spent outdoors refreshes your very soul.

– Eva Krawchuk writes from Winnipeg

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