Black grape vine pumpkin with lights tutorial

I’ve been seeing these really cool black grape vine pumpkins all over the place this but was shocked at the prices.. anywhere from $39 up to over $100 but a pumpkin made of sticks and lights. So I set out to make my own. You need a little patience, the steps require drying time so the project takes a few days, but I’m loving the end result and the price can’t be beat. I’ll show you how…

Back grapevine pumpkin with lightsBack grapevine pumpkin with lights

Materials you need:

  • Grape vine wreath
  • Black spray paint
  • Craft string or twine
  • String of lights
  • Painters tape
  • Black craft wire
  • Optional: glitter and clear spray sealer
  • Additional tools: wire cutters and scissors

make sure the grape vine wreath you choose is not woven or twisted. You will be unraveling the vine so make it easier on yourself by finding the wreathes that are just bunched together.

Making the grape vine pumpkin

Soak the wreath in water for 24 hours.
Unwind the vine carefully. Use wire cutters if there are wire rings holding it together. You want to divide the vine into 3-4 loops of vine. make sure to cover work area for this step as the vine will create a bit of a mess on the table.

Soak the vine for 24 hours and then unwind while wetSoak the vine for 24 hours and then unwind while wet

Insert one vine ring into the other intersecting in the middle so you create a 3 dimensional x. Add a 3rd loop of vine into the 1st and 2nd loops, you’ll start to see the “wire frame” of your pumpkin take shape as a bit of a sphere.

separate grapevine into loops of vineseparate grapevine into loops of vine

building the pumpkin from grapevine
building the pumpkin from grapevine

Tie the vines together at the central intersection of all the loops at both the top and bottom of sphere. If you’re sphere isn’t sitting upright well, press down on the top while tying one piece of string to the top center and tightly pulling through and tying secure to the bottom center. This will create a bit of a base of your pumpkin.

making a grapevine pumpkinmaking a grapevine pumpkin

secure with string by pressing down and tying top to bottomsecure with string by pressing down and tying top to bottom

spray paint black applying as many coats as needed for full coveragespray paint black applying as many coats as needed for full coverage

Carefully separate the vines and spread out the various pieces to fill in your sphere. Readjust or add new string ties to help the vines stay in place.Once you are happy with the shape of your sphere, create a stem using remaining vine, cut and tie with string. Secure in place on top of the sphere using craft wire. Create a cork screw curl for extra detail.
Spray paint the entire pumpkin and let dry as directed. Add a second coat as necessary to ensure all visible areas are black. Set aside.

Painting the lights – if you can not find decorative lights with black cords, you can paint your standard lights black. This is what I did…

  1. Using painters tape, carefully cover every light bulb of your light string (this is a great activity to do while you’re on a conference call!) – Don’t forget to cover the metal of the plug and the holes on the other plug.
  2. Spray paint the light string until all areas are black. Remove tape. Voila.. black cords on your string of lights!
cover lights with painters tape before painting string of lightscover lights with painters tape before painting string of lights

Finishing Touches

  1. Add lights to the pumpkin by carefully weaving the light string in and out of the vines. Make sure to leave enough excess so you can plug the cord in.
  2. Optionally spray a little clear varnish on the entire piece and lightly sprinkle with glitter. I also added a little extra sparkle by spraying some Smooch Spritz in both orange and purple.
glitter details of black painted grapevine pumpkinglitter details of black painted grapevine pumpkin

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