Several weeks ago this showed up on my front porch.

A friend of mine left this oversized grapevine ribbon with a note.

She’d purchased it years ago and had kept it–thinking she’d eventually do something with it.


Except she never did.

It sat on a shelf just waiting for a project. She told me she couldn’t figure out what to make with it and maybe I could find a solution.

A decorating challenge.

My favorite kind.

I used it to decorate my back entryway.

And now?

It looks like this.

See it there?

On the gray hutch?

I turned it into a garland with tiny pumpkins and mini white stems.

I started with these cup hooks.

I added the hooks to the top of the cabinet and down the right-hand side.

The garland is asymmetrical, so I started at one corner and then draped the garland over the hooks down the other side.

The hooks help hold the grapevine ribbon in place so I could start to decorate it.

Next, I found these stems of pumpkins that I spray painted white.

And this long garland of tiny white stems that I cut apart.

I cut these stems into groups of three.


I just tucked the pumpkins in first every six inches or so.

Next, I added in the tiny white stems until I had completely covered the ribbon.

Here’s what the entryway looks like now.

I’m so glad my friend left me the grapevine ribbon.

I have so many other ideas for all the falls to come.

But for now?

The entryway is decorated and ready for fall.

Thanks to a little inspiration and a decorating challenge. 🙂

PS One quick note—the thistles on the book are from a flower arrangement given to me by another friend. I took them out and dried them and tied them up with jute ribbon.

So thankful for amazing friends like these.

Make new friends and keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.

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  1. Image for Mary Mary

    That’s one of my favorite areas of your house. The staircase, chandelier, and the white chest and hutch……love!!

    1. Image for Stephanie Brown Stephanie Brown

      Oh my I love this.... I do not remember your china cabinet from farmhouse.. but loving in your hallway. Still 84 in Kentucky hoping to getting in mood soon... latest this mermaid has ever been.

  2. Image for Colleen Colleen

    Looks great, Karianne! But, I could never put holes in my hutch. What about Command mini hooks? I love your entryway as well. I have never heard of grapevine ribbon or have ever seen it in stores before. Interesting. Question..have you ever went out cut real wild grapevine before. I see it everywhere here, but not sure what to do with it when it’s cut. How would you dry it?

  3. Image for Robin Robin

    Make new friends song… WOW does that bring back memories! I think I learned that in Brownies….and I’m 65 now. Wow, wow, wow… Lovely fall displays. Just enough.

  4. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    I have a framed embrodiered piece that has the phrase "Make new friends but keep the old one is silver and the other gold" I did it when I was about 10, so it is very special to me. We also sang it in girl scouts!!!

  5. Image for Michele Michele

    The entryway is lovely. I spied the chandelier and I am so surprised. I just purchased a chandelier from a resell shop that looks exactly like yours. Or will once it is cleaned, rewired and hung. Do you know Anthony about the chandelier? So happy to see what it’s potential is.

  6. Image for Kay Roberts Kay Roberts

    That is beautiful…I absolutely love it… I too had a old grapevine..I made mine into a wreath shape, and added dried flowers (mostly roses) from arrangements sent to me by family…that way I get to use them and remember their kindness.

  7. Image for Sherry B Sherry B

    I have that exact grapevine ribbon garland! Wonder how many other folks have them stored on a shelf? What a great idea, it looks great! Now to find mine.

  8. Image for Teddee Grace Teddee Grace

    I still have some of this somewhere. Yours looks a lot looser than mine. Did you pull or cut the sections apart? Whatever you did, in addition to the augmentation with the painted mini pumpkins and white berries, it looks great.

  9. Image for Kimberly Snyder Kimberly Snyder

    That is such a great idea! I have one roll left of that from when I had my shop. Hmmmm I will have to think of a creative way to use it!

  10. Image for Va in NC Va in NC

    Love this area and all the things you have done. Please tell me how you painted the chest and what paint was used. Have the same chest but needs work. Thank you for sharing all your talents to all. Blessings,

  11. Image for Angela Henson Angela Henson

    Oh, this whole entry area looks so airy and light and ready for fall. I love it and all that you have done with it! Thank you for sharing this really lovely project that you did with the grapevine ribbon. I love the white pieces intermingled with the vine.

  12. Image for Stephanie Stephanie

    What a fun decorating challenge. I like how it turned out, but if it were mine I think I'd tuck fairy lights into it since we're heading into shorter days and longer nights--and that tiny bit of light makes the house feel "warmer" to me. On a side note, your quirky balloon mold is still one of my favorite things that you own and display!

  13. Image for Roberta Whitmer Roberta Whitmer

    I have had that ribbon for about 20 years. I have regular and gold and I put it on my Christmas tree as garland. It is great to fill in gaps as it sticks on it's own to the branches and you can position branches thru it to hold them in place and it is sturdy enough to hang ornaments on as well if needed. People ask me all the time where to get it.

  14. Image for Leslie Leslie

    I am starting my weight loss journey this week but would like to know how you lost your weight. You are an inspiration for sure in many ways, I LOVE your blog. Thank you, Leslie

  15. Image for Constance Colvin Constance Colvin

    Hi Karianne.....this looks just awesome! How ever did you mange to spray paint the pumpkins without spraying the stems? Thanks (-:


    KariAnne, only you could make that grapevine ribbon look so beautiful! Love what you have done with it plus all the fall touches you have added to your entryway! You are so amazing! When we sold our home at the lake and moved to a condo, I gave most of my craft supply items away -- 3 of which were these grapevine ribbon rolls! Now I wish I had kept one! Have a great week!

  17. Image for Erina Erina

    Love all things related to Fall! However, we only have summer all year round here. When I looked at your first picture, I was wondering how to decorate it. Thanks for sharing! The entryway is so beautiful.

  18. Image for betty betty

    Kari Anne, I have a question related to your always entertaining and informative "What I Bought Wednesday" presentations. Last week, you presented several pillow covers. Can you share which pillow inserts you use/feel are the best for those 18x18 pillow covers? Many thanks.

  19. Image for Carolyn Brown Carolyn Brown

    Loved what you did with your friend's gift. Wanted to know where did you get the two pumpkins from on your entryway table? I need those.

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      LOL! I do! I usually try to e-mail everyone personally if they ask a question---that way they don't have to come back to the blog to keep checking if I've answered. Thanks! KariAnne

      1. Image for Melanie Carter Melanie Carter

        Thank you for replying! I did not know you emailed personal responses when possible, and am glad to know you do that. It fosters a mutual respect and makes me want to keep visiting/reading your blog.

  20. Image for TR TR

    Everything looks so perfect! But what most caught my eye was the thistle! I am drying some thistle right now that has sentimental value. Have you dried it before? Do you know how well it lasts after drying? Will I be able to use it in a bouquet in December? I am so afraid it will dry to crumbling quite quickly.

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