How to Make Easy Rustic Willow Balls

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

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 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.

 

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

 

We start by stripping off the majority of leaves from our twigs, using lengths 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.

 

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.

 

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 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.


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 garden – a  home made bird feeder. Willow is also fabulous for making wreaths and crowns, check out our Beautiful Willow Crown 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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Willow Balls are really simple to make, and are a lovely rustic ornament that can be used in a number of ways.We turned ours into bird feeders.

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38 comments

17 Nature Crafts for Spring - Crafting a Green World March 15, 2017 - 10:19 am

[…] 17. willow ball. Spring is a great time to craft with willow branches, although you can find supple ones all season. […]

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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 19, 2017 - 9:19 am

What a great Spring Nature Craft round-up – thanks for including our willow balls 🙂

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Kellie June 23, 2016 - 4:49 am

so love this project. In the great out doors discovering and creating.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 25, 2016 - 12:29 pm

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 🙂

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Cheryl | TimeToCraft June 15, 2016 - 10:38 am

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 17, 2016 - 3:59 pm

They’re beautiful trees – I’d love to do some more stuff with willow 🙂

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