February 19, 2016

Making Pentacles from Natural Materials

Pretty soon, the wild grapevines will be sending out new growth.  These thin, young vines can be easily braided or twisted and formed into circles of any diameter or thickness.  (The one I made in the photo is about six inches across.)

These can be used as decorations over the door, made into fragrant wreaths by winding in Lavender and other flowers around the edges, used in magic or celebrations, fashioned into wind chimes or mobiles, placed on the Altar, and included in packaged gifts you're sending to Witchy friends!

Simply snip off several lengths of flexible grapevine.  Start with the longest lengths possible as you can cut them shorter as required.  Then work three or more strands of vine into a braid or form a circle with an over-under pattern you like.  Tuck in the ends when the circle is finished, and lay it flat to dry.  It is helpful to place something with weight over the top so the wreaths will dry flat and even, but do try to allow air circulation.

Once dried, simply choose some natural material (I have sticks from fallen branches that I've cut to size) and form the star of your pentacle by tying the material to the wreath with natural fiber such as cotton string, jute twine, and so forth.

If grapevines aren't available to you, there are many wild plants and trees from which you can choose, such as Honeysuckle, Angel Vine, Motherwort, and Cattail.  Experiment with some of your wild finds and please share photos on our Facebook page of your creations!  The linked text above gives some other great ideas for forming vines into useful and decorative items.

Inspired by her Native American roots and Bradbury lineage, Polly Taskey is a writer and grandmother in the northern USA.  She shares her wisdom and pagan interests through Pagan by Design and The Moonlit Grove.


Magic Love Crow said...

Beautiful! Thank you Polly!

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