Willow crafting

elephant willow weavingAfter our visit to Bishop’s Palace, last week, we were really keen to try our hand at some willow craft. Being realistic, we decided to start small, rather than attempting a willow dog or elephant.

willow peacockOr a willow peacock, for that matter. (not ours)

teamwork making the willow edging 2Instead we chose an unloved area of the garden, for a bit of a make over.

teamwork making the willow edging

This is just outside the back door. Ignored, as everyone goes straight ahead, up the steps. The bumblee bees and toads make homes between the stones, as it’s quiet.

making the willow edging

Our willow tree sent up masses of whips this year, after last years pollarding. Plenty of natural material from our own back garden. We thought we would weave a willow fence.

The children worked as a team. Doing most of the work. Moving stone and weeds. Cutting and preparing the willow for weaving.

Once the bumble bees have gone, we’ll do the rest of the area. Maybe. For the moment, this is fine.

stage 1 willow edgingThis is an experiment. It may root, it may not. Either way it doesn’t matter and we will have learnt something. At the moment, it’s helping to protect freshly planted herbs and make this corner a little more cared for. Maybe it will grow into a shelter. Time will tell.

planted willow bedAs we were enjoying our backgarden crafting so much, we couldn’t resist adding our own willow art/sculptures.

holding the willow weaving bugsTwisting and turning. Weaving and making. A dragonfly, a butterfly and a fish. Now hanging on the wall by the willow bed.

willow tree crafts

willow fish on stone wall
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

18 thoughts on “Willow crafting

  • Friday 14 August, 2015 at 2:48 pm
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    I love willow weaving and used to make willow arbours and tunnels with school children when I was back in the UK. Your willow animals are fabulous too – I think I may have to have a go at making some of these too.

    • Friday 14 August, 2015 at 7:15 pm
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      We loved making them. Very inspired. I’ve promised myself that one day I will learn how to do it properly. 🙂

  • Friday 14 August, 2015 at 9:36 pm
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    Just beautiful… love how you brought this project home!!!

  • Saturday 15 August, 2015 at 12:48 am
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    Oh, how lovely! The fence looks wonderful and I absolutely love the wall hangings. I bet you stop and look at this little corner now 🙂

  • Saturday 15 August, 2015 at 1:33 am
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    Everything looks beautiful. What a fun way to craft with natural materials.

  • Saturday 15 August, 2015 at 7:01 am
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    Absolutely lovely! The wall decorations are brilliant especially as they’re handmade and I hope the willow roots for you, I’m always amazed by the little things especially from nature 🙂 #countrykids

  • Saturday 15 August, 2015 at 9:13 am
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    I think this is a gardener experiment that might just flourish. What a wonderful way to protect your herbs and give them their own garden space, I wonder if it will be turned into a had kids then by next year. How inspirational are those giant crafts And I love your own willow crafts two the fish is really clever. Thank you for joining me for Country Kids and please do pop it on Trash2Treasure too.

  • Saturday 15 August, 2015 at 9:50 am
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    Great fun, love willow weaving
    Can’t wait to see how it takes off
    Happy weekend x

  • Saturday 15 August, 2015 at 9:54 am
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    These are amazing! What a fab activity. I love the elephants inparticular.
    Fellow linker from Coo,be mill

  • Saturday 15 August, 2015 at 11:16 am
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    What a lovely way to spend some time, looks so effective and must be very therapeutic too. I love Wells and popped in the other day – I’m now eagerly hunting through Rightmove trying to find a new home closer that way! 🙂

  • Saturday 15 August, 2015 at 2:52 pm
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    These are great. So nice to have it come from your garden too.

  • Saturday 15 August, 2015 at 8:21 pm
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    what lovely creations you have made. My son did a course on willow crafting at college and we have a few of his crafts around the house.

  • Saturday 15 August, 2015 at 10:15 pm
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    Whoo these are beautiful, I would love to see them 🙂

  • Saturday 15 August, 2015 at 10:37 pm
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    Oh I just love these they have made me smile

  • Sunday 16 August, 2015 at 2:32 am
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    I love them. It’s such a great idea to use woven willow around the garden bed, very natural and fresh-looking.

  • Sunday 16 August, 2015 at 12:11 pm
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    Your willow weaving is fantastic. I love how the children did all the work, they obviously enjoyed the process. They should be proud of what they have achieved x

  • Monday 17 August, 2015 at 5:12 pm
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    Wow that peacock sculpture is lovely! The ones that you made is amazing too! Willow is so nice to use. So pliable and yet sturdy =) #countrykids

  • Tuesday 18 August, 2015 at 5:06 pm
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    Wow, you did a brilliant job of that weaving. Those sculptures are fantastic!

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