Somehow, unbelievably, it has become the time of year when people put wreathes on their front doors. I must have left my brain back in mid-summer and instead am standing stupefied at the thought of snow on the ground. Nothing speaks to late fall like the arrival of bittersweet and rosehips, so to celebrate the season I gathered some of both and made a wreath including some other autumn prizes- Chinese lanterns, pomegranates and persimmons. All of the elements will hold up throughout the holidays, but since bittersweet is a wicked, wicked invasive, be sure to take precautions to avoid spreading growth when the season is through. -Amy Merrick
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To save on time, I used a store bought grapevine wreath base from my local craft store. If you are industrious and live by a wooded area with grapevines, you can make one also. I gathered a bucket of rosehips (some store bought), grasses, chinese lanterns, cat tails, persimmons and pomegranates.
Keeping the pieces of bittersweet as long as possible, weave them in and around your wreath, tucking in the ends to secure. The trick is to add a lot until the grapevine becomes less and less visible.
Once I added all of my bittersweet, I started in with my grasses and then my rosehips. I like to have a circular direction to my wreath, so I tuck in each stem in the same direction, cut side on the left and then continue up the wreath. Since the wreath is just a tangle at this point, all you need to do to have your stems secure is just jam them in hard.
Once the base of the wreath is finished, you can add the final decorative bits. Since my fruit was on the branch, I was able to just jam their stems in to secure, but you can also pierce each piece with wire and attach.