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A simple Willow Wreath

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.

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Easy tutorial showing you how you can make a simple willow wreath at home - perfect base for a Christmas Wreath

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18 Comments

  • Reply Gemma

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

    October 24, 2017 at 11:17 pm
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    […] off was this wonderfully zingy green fresh willow wreath from Craft Invaders. Have a look at their site for full instructions – this one could definitely come in handy […]

    October 10, 2016 at 11:36 am
  • Reply Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    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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    August 29, 2016 at 12:52 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      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 🙂

      August 31, 2016 at 11:58 am
  • Reply Katrin

    I absolutely love it, the simplicity and that green! Gorgeous! Simple is best!!
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    August 24, 2016 at 9:11 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      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!

      August 25, 2016 at 4:29 pm
  • Reply Sarah Jean

    I am such a fan of wreaths! especially because I live in an apartment and feel like it’s one of the few ways I can make our place stand out/feel more like home. This one is particularly fresh looking!
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    August 24, 2016 at 2:46 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I love the look of a wreath on a door too – here in the UK they are only popular at Christmas, but I think they are lovely all year around 🙂

      August 25, 2016 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply Sarah Jean

    Ah so simple and pretty – I love it! I am a big fan of wreaths.

    August 23, 2016 at 7:20 pm
  • Reply Brianna

    I bet these would also make excellent basis for willow crowns. Love the look and can’t wait to see it fully dried!
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    August 23, 2016 at 6:49 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I’m sure they would Brianna, I’m a little sorry it wont stay green – be lovely for a spring wreath 🙂

      August 25, 2016 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply Ilka

    Sarah – this wreath is absolutely stunning in its simplicity!
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    August 23, 2016 at 4:34 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    Great tutorial and stunning pictures, I was enthralled all the way around. Can’t wait to see what you do with it when it’s dried out.
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    August 23, 2016 at 4:20 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Michelle. I haven’t decided what we’ll use it for yet – will have to wait for inspiration to strike!

      August 25, 2016 at 4:20 pm

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