Learn how to make a handwoven willow wreath using willows and dried flowers. This DIY is a great way to get outdoors and create something special to bring inside.
Mariah from Everything Golden shares how she creates the most gorgeous handwoven willow wreaths today! Take it away, Mariah!
Making wreaths always connects me to the memory of my mother, feeling my hands work the same way hers did. This is the perfect time of year to spend some contemplative time indoors and to bring some life inside.
I had to compete with a moose for these willows around our house. You can explore the outdoors around your area or check out your local florist.
How to Make a Willow Wreath
— You’ll need about a fistful of willows to complete one medium size wreath.
— Choose some flowers and greenery that will dry well or will last a long time without water.
— I used pink waxflower, heather, love grass, purple Limonium, and sage.
1 — To make the wreath base, start with one long willow stick and wrap the ends around each other, it won’t be circular to start.
2 — Then add another on top of that, wrapping the ends. Don’t try to shape it until it feels stable. Your base should be tight enough to stick your flowers in without needing glue.
3 — This also allows you to play with the design, moving flowers around until you arrive with an arrangement that feels right.
What are willow branches good for?
– Cleaning Water Runoff
– Chop-and-Drop Material
– Animal Fodder
– Willow Water
– Habitat for Wildlife
– Garden Trellises and Structures
How Do You Dry Weeping Willow Branches?
Dry the branches in a cool, dark place for several weeks until they are completely dry. Make sure you have good air circulation so that no mold can grow on your wood, and also avoid touching them at all costs!
How long does cut willow last?
Willow is a very flexible plant that can remain fresh for up to six weeks when freshly cut or withered.
How long do you need to soak willow?
When soaking willow, it’s important to keep in mind that you want the woody part of your project—the parts not used for making fence posts or furniture–to remain flexible.
For this reason, we recommend soaking longer than shorter lengths so as not to risk having them become slimy and rigid, like what happens when people ignore their recommendations about how long they should leave something wet!
So, there you have it. A simple guide to making your wreath this Christmas. We hope you give it a try – it’s really quite fun, and the result is always beautiful. If you do make one, be sure to share a picture with us on social media – we love seeing our reader’s creations!
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DIY Handwoven Willow Wreath
- Fistful of willows to complete one medium size wreath
- Choose some flowers and greenery that will dry well, or will last a long time without water
- I used pink waxflower, heather, love grass, purple Limonium and sage
- To make the wreath base, start with one long willow stick and wrap the ends around each other, it won’t be circular to start.
- Then add another on top of that, wrapping the ends. Don’t try to shape it until it feels stable. Your base should be tight enough to stick your flowers in without needing glue.
- This also allows you to play with the design, moving flowers around until you arrive with an arrangement that feels right.
Thanks for sharing this beautiful tutorial Mariah!
Photos by Mariah of Everything Golden for Sugar and Charm.