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December 15, 2013

Not the World Wide We, but a Willow Weaved Wreath!

Willow wreath1

I think I have inadvertently started a tradition for making a wreath for our front door. Two years ago, hubby booked me onto a very pleasant afternoon’s wreath making course at a National Trust property, where I learned how to make a traditional wreath. Last year, I made one from baubles, and this year, I visited Langford Lakes, one of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s Reserves, to learn how to make my very own willow wreath!

Willow weaving is, I found, really quite theraputic (once you have got the first couple of sticks done and it has stopped boinging apart…) and under the tutelage of the lovely Amy, I came up with this little beauty

All made with natural materials, and the willow frame can be used again and again.

Whilst I was busy weaving, the boys were kept amused making tree decorations from plastic bottle bottoms, and sweet wrappers,

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and seed studded paper (more on this to come!). And they went for a walk around the beautiful, tranquil (when no being marauded by two small boys) environs of the Lakes.
It was a fab, festive day out 🙂

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  • Reply miydiySally December 1, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    LOVE willow wreaths and being able to reuse them with different decorations! There’s a tutorial on our blog http://miydiy.com/make-a-willow-wreath/

    • Reply Jen December 1, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Fab, thanks for the link!

  • Reply Christmas 2013-the post-match analysis | My Make Do and Mend Year January 6, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    […] left the ribbon wound around in case we want an easy option next year, and the wreath has been de-greened, leaving just the willow frame to use again next […]

  • Reply KnitNell December 16, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I made a willow wreath last year, dusted it off a couple of weeks and popped it on the front door. Looked as good as new.

    • Reply Jen December 17, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      That’s good to hear-I was hoping to be able to use it again 🙂

  • Reply lindaswildlifegarden December 15, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    what a lovely idea if I had willow near Jen I would make one

    • Reply Jen December 15, 2013 at 9:33 pm

      Thanks Linda 🙂

  • Reply Vivienne Downes (@VivienneDownes) December 15, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I will have to have a go at this I’ve got a huge willow tree in my back garden & looks so much nicer than artificial shop bought ones :o)

    • Reply Jen December 15, 2013 at 9:33 pm

      See if you can find some instructions for what to do with the willow before attempting to weave it Vivienne-I think the stuff we used had been soaking in the lake for a week!

  • Reply Joanna December 15, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Looks great, what a great tradition!

    • Reply Jen December 15, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      Thankyou!

  • Reply Jo aka Kiwijo December 15, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Love the wreath, well done you. Id love to try willow weaving, I think Ive got a card from a lady who does local courses somewhere……………..

    • Reply Jen December 15, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      I would recommend it Jo, once you get going, it is really therapeutic!

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