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Day 05 #30DaysWild – Making Willow Balls

Willow Balls are really simple to make, and are a lovely rustic ornament that can be used in a number of ways.

 

Willow Balls are really simple to make, and are a lovely rustic ornament that can be used in a number of ways.

For this project we used the new growth from our weeping willow. These green sticks are really flexible, and are easy to bend without them breaking. We have a few weeping willows on our property, they love our wet ground, and really do grow like weeds, so we have no concerns with cutting twigs from them for crafts.

 

Willow Balls are really simple to make, and are a lovely rustic ornament that can be used in a number of ways.

We started by stripping off the majority of leaves from our twigs, which were about 3ft long and quite slim.

 

Willow Balls are really simple to make, and are a lovely rustic ornament that can be used in a number of ways.

And then wove our sticks into little wreaths. The circumference that you want your final ball to be will be governed by the size of your wreaths, so bear that in mind. You can use exactly the same method to make a traditional wreath to hang on your door.

 

Willow Balls are really simple to make, and are a lovely rustic ornament that can be used in a number of ways.

Once you have 5 or 6 wreaths all the same size you are ready to assemble your ball. Slip one wreath over the other to start building your ball shape. As we planned to hang ours, we did tie our circles together at the top point, to make this stage a little easier. Ours is only tied at that one point, but do whatever works for you.

 

Willow Balls are really simple to make, and are a lovely rustic ornament that can be used in a number of ways.

Once the rings were all in place we used further lengths of willow to weave in and out of our ball to give it a nice shape, and the look that we wanted. We simply tucked the loose ends in behind other peices of willow, and found that the tension of the sticks held everything together nicely.

 

Willow Balls are really simple to make, and are a lovely rustic ornament that can be used in a number of ways.

We love the look of the willow balls. You could put little battery tea lights in them, or line them with moss for a fairy to live in. This one is going to be used for something that will be perfect for our #30DaysWild month -  home made bird feeder. Willow is also fabulous for making wreaths, check out our Simple Willow Wreath tutorial for instructions.

 

Willow Balls are really simple to make, and are a lovely rustic ornament that can be used in a number of ways.

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In this simple tutorial we teach you to make your own rustic willow balls. A fun nature craft for all of the family. They can be used all around the home and garden and make a fabulous decoration. Use them with fairy lights for a magical ornament.

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  • Reply Kellie

    so love this project. In the great out doors discovering and creating.
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    June 23, 2016 at 4:49 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s cute isn’t it :) and although we are a long way off from weaving baskets, we feel that we’re learning about what you can do with natural materials :)

      June 25, 2016 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Cheryl | TimeToCraft

    We have a willow in our garden too. They really grow well for us. Always cutting off whips to craft with. Great idea to make balls. #Trash2Treasure

    June 15, 2016 at 10:38 am
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