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Bittersweet Vine Wreath

What to do with bittersweet Vine at this time of year!!

This is the  bittersweet vine that my daughter has growing along the side of her driveway. I was thrilled to hear that. I've been taking in bittersweet for years. I usually just put them in a big vase.

A tiny bit about bittersweet...from Wikipedia...

Bittersweet vine (Celastrus orbiculatus) is a perennial vine that grows from Maine to Louisiana and as far west as the Rocky Mountains. It's a spindly vine that has been labeled "invasive" in North America because it is hardy and competes with local flora. 

It has yellow berries that are not edible and which peel off to reveal a lovely red berry underneath just in time for Fall decorating!

So today my daughter and I put together a wreath from this beautiful vine. We wound this vine around and around and secured it with a little bit of florist wire, added a burlap bow, and burlap flower for a bit of a zing!

We added a burlap bow ... she had some leftover from Christmas...

And a burlap flower from another door hanging she had.

We were really pleased with how this wreath turned out. 

This was super easy to put together. No fuss. 

How else can bittersweet be used in Fall decorating?

Midwest Living did this:

I love this, don't you? From The Gardener's Eden...

Also from Gardener's Eden...

These don't need water either.

These grow along roadsides so unless you are lucky enough to have a daughter who has some on her property, get out there and get some. (Be careful!!) 

Bittersweet so speaks Fall...

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  1. You are so lucky to have bittersweet around...can I be honest? I don't thing I've ever seen the real thing in person...it's beautiful Linda...thank you so much for sharing...xo