How to Weave a Simple Willow Wreath

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

In this simple tutorial we show you how to weave a beautiful, rustic wreath with sticks from our Weeping Willow tree.

In this simple tutorial we show you how to weave a beautiful, rustic wreath with sticks taken from our weeping willow tree.

We started by cutting lengths of this year’s growth from our Weeping Willow. You can see from the photos that the bark is still a wonderful mix of yellow and green. We stripped the leaves from what we had cut, leaving us with lengths that were approximately 1 – 1.5m long. These young sticks are very pliable and easy to use, earlier in the year we cut some and used them to make these rustic willow balls, which we used as bird feeders.

In this simple tutorial we show you how to weave a beautiful, rustic wreath with sticks taken from our weeping willow tree.

Weaving the wreath itself is very simple. We start with our thicker sticks, and finish with the thinner. Take your first stick and weave it into a rustic hoop the diameter you want your wreath to be, leaving the tail piece from where you started, sticking out of your ring (as shown in the photo below).

In this simple tutorial we show you how to weave a beautiful, rustic wreath with sticks taken from our weeping willow tree.

Add the second stick to your ring a quarter turn away from your first, again leaving the tail sticking out for the time being.

In this simple tutorial we show you how to weave a beautiful, rustic wreath with sticks taken from our weeping willow tree.

Continue turning your wreath and adding sticks, and you will find that your wreath becomes rigid and takes shape very quickly – this photo shows our wreath after we have added, and woven in, the third stick.

In this simple tutorial we show you how to weave a beautiful, rustic wreath with sticks taken from our weeping willow tree.

As you add more sticks, you will find that the wreath holds itself together under tension, and it’ll be easy to tuck in the smaller ends as you weave. Some of the tails will also start to lie flat, and be incorporated, but don’t worry about any that continue to stick out, as these can be trimmed off at the end.

In this simple tutorial we show you how to weave a beautiful, rustic wreath with sticks taken from our weeping willow tree.

When you are happy with the size of your wreath, trim off any tails and stragglers, using a pair of secateurs, and add a final couple of sticks to the wreath, this time tucking both ends into the weave, to give a neat finish.

In this simple tutorial we show you how to weave a beautiful, rustic wreath with sticks taken from our weeping willow tree.

Stand back and admire your handiwork. Your wreath will darken over time as it dries, and should last for many years. Ours is currently hanging in our shed drying out, while we decide what we are going to use it for.

In this simple tutorial we show you how to weave a beautiful, rustic wreath with sticks taken from our weeping willow tree.

For more Willow Craft inspiration check out our Pretty Willow Crowns and our Rustic Willow Cone posts.

In this simple tutorial we show you how to weave a beautiful, rustic wreath with sticks taken from our weeping willow tree.

 

 

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18 comments

Gemma October 24, 2017 - 11:17 pm

Hi Sarah why don’t you spray paint grey or white? You can also glue things on them for Christmas

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Sarah - Craft Invaders October 29, 2017 - 5:36 pm

That’s a great idea Gemma, thanks 🙂

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Sarah - Craft Invaders October 13, 2016 - 12:10 pm

Thank you so much for featuring our wreath 🙂

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Nikki Frank-Hamilton August 29, 2016 - 12:52 am

I love this! What a great shape and color. It would work well in any decor and style, you could decorate it in so many ways! What a fun project, now I have to find a willow tree to raid of their branches! This would look so great in many rooms of our house! And really great on our front door.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders August 31, 2016 - 11:58 am

Thanks Nikki, willow is a beautiful tree – I believe we got the weeping willow from you guys so hopefully you’ll find one near you 🙂

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Katrin August 24, 2016 - 9:11 pm

I absolutely love it, the simplicity and that green! Gorgeous! Simple is best!!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders August 25, 2016 - 4:29 pm

The green is lovely, although it’ll change over time – but you have just given me an idea of how I might be able to preserve the colour, so thank you Katrin!

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