This years big project is a mutant pumpkin/gourd patch. Finding fake vines for cheep was not easy. I searched for method to make them at home but was not happy with what I found. I started to play around with some ideas and this was the best one of my mini experiments. Rope and Great Stuff. I can make 50' of vines for about $15. They are flexible.. I can tie knots wrap around my porch posts etc and waterproof. ~ Thanks for looking DZ
Rope - I used 1/2" natural fiber rope purchased at Mendards for 5.99
Tape - Electrical, Duct, masking what ever you have laying around
Floor Cover - card board, news paper garbage bags whatever works for you.
Knife or Scissors
If you glue your face to floor or blind yourself I take no responsibility. Be smart be safe don't cut corners and use proper safety gear.
Get your area ready and prep the materials
You will need a space where you can hang the vines to dry. Ive done this in my basement using the ceiling rafters.
1. Cut a length of rope to meet your projects needs. You could do all 50' at once if so desired.
2. Pre-stretch the rope to get the packing coils out. Clamp it in a vice or tie to something sturdy. Stretch out the rope and pull as hard as you can.
3. Optional - Loosen the twists to make bulkier hairier vines. While I have the rope in my vice I place the free end into my cordless drill, set your drill rotate in the opposite direction of the rope's strand twist. Run the drill till the rope coils on itself. Release the rope from the drill chuck, be careful when you release it from the drill chuck as their is quite a bit of stored energy in the rope. The rope will untwist almost back to its original state. You will notice the rope has a lot of loose hair strands and the twists are looser.
4. Cut several 2'-3' lengths of the garden twine tie them to the vine at various points.
5. Place your ground cover down under where you will hand your vines.
6. Hang the vines from your rafters, clamp or whatever works for the area. The vine should be several inches from the floor. If your vine is longer than your hanging area, place the extra out of the way for now.
7. Put on the rubber gloves and safety glasses.
8. Starting at the top lay a decent bead of great stuff along the length of the hanging rope.
9. Smear the great stuff into the rope with your glove covered hand.
10. The best method I found was to cup my hand loosely around the rope and spay the great stuff into my hand as I slide it down the rope. Make sure the coating is very thin and occasional think patch is fine. You want to have as thin of a coating as possible on the rope.
11. Do you best to evenly coat the rope. You can always do a second coat if you missed an area.
12. Let it dry for about 30-40 minutes.
13. If you missed any spots you can just repeat the process. More than two coats may start to reduce the flexibility.
If necessary repeat the steps for the remaining rope.
Finishing the Vines
Paint the vines to work with your project/theme. You can spay paint it GS doesn't melt like other foams. I dip mine in a bucket of black paint and let it drip dry. Dry brush some white, then dry brush on several different colors starting with the darkest moving the lightest.