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 use 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.
We start by stripping off the majority of leaves from our twigs, using lengths about 3ft long and quite slim.
You then weave the 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 or for weaving a willow crown. You can find our step by step instructions for weaving a Willow Wreath here.
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 are planning to hang ours, we tied 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.
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.
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 garden – a home made bird feeder. Willow is also fabulous for making wreaths and crowns, check out our Beautiful Willow Crown tutorial for instructions.
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