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

Sarah Jean August 24, 2016 - 2:46 pm

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders August 25, 2016 - 4:26 pm

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 🙂

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Sarah Jean August 23, 2016 - 7:20 pm

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders August 25, 2016 - 4:23 pm

They are lovely aren’t they Sarah Jean 🙂

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Brianna August 23, 2016 - 6:49 pm

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders August 25, 2016 - 4:23 pm

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

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Ilka August 23, 2016 - 4:34 pm

Sarah – this wreath is absolutely stunning in its simplicity!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders August 25, 2016 - 4:21 pm

Thanks Ilka, it does look lovely in its green form 🙂

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Michelle August 23, 2016 - 4:20 pm

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders August 25, 2016 - 4:20 pm

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

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