A grapevine lattice cross can make a great gift for a Christian friend. They are also great to have in your home for display, on your wall. This is a craft article that will explain how to make a grapevine lattice cross.
Supplies needed; wood stain or paint and brush, wood stapler, a piece of plywood or particleboard (18 inch by 18 inch), two eyelets, small gauge wire, wire clips, number two pencil, ruler, 8 small finishing nails, hammer, sharp knife. Note; Make sure your stapler is filler and working right. You don’t want to stop in the middle of your project to load your stapler.
Step One; First you need to gather small branches of thin grapevine. You want it flexible enough to bend easily. Some individuals prefer to use green thin branches that bend easily. You can find these items in the woods are at a vineyard. Usually after vineyards have had their branches thinned out. Make sure that you use green vines. Dried out vines will snap and break.
Step Two; Take your base board and stain or paint it. Use a lighter stain or paint color than what your vine is. This lighter background will let your project stand out. Set it aside for a day or two to dry well. Once it drys, take a pencil and a ruler and place tick marks. These are for knowing where your vine will go. Nail a small finishing nail into each of these tick marks. There should be two at the head, two at the bottom and two on each side of the cross beam.
Step Three; Take three or four of your long vines and begin twist them into one vine. Start at the bottom left finishing nail. Staple the end of your vine just above that nail. Take your vine up and across the top two nails. Place a staple where needed, as you go. You will proceed down the right side of the cross to the bottom nail. Take your next vine and go one more time. Do not use more than 6 thin vines total. I prefer just the 3. However, wrapping around depends on vine thickness.
Step Four; Repeat step three but do it on the cross the board now. You will go over the top of the vines, that you just placed on your cross. Staple close to the intersection of the two posts. Place your eyelets at the top corner of your base board. String a wire between them. This will allow you to hang it on the wall. That’s it, your cross is finished.
Extra Tips; Try to use as little staples as possible. Once the vine is secured, pull out your finishing nails. I have seen some with a rusty spike secured in the center of the cross. I have even seen burlap used as a background on the base board. This gives your project more of a rustic appearance. Always use long thin grapevines for your project. The longer the better. You can hide your staples, by placing a part of the vine over the top of the staple.
A grapevine lattice cross makes a great Easter gift for someone special. They are also great for Baptisms and Confirmation gifts.