How to Make a Biodegradable Willow Wreath…easy and free!

19 Oct

Cut a range of willow stems, including Dogwood and any other bendy shrubs or woods you can easily access and lay them on the floor to grade them in length.

Take a long length of green willow and made a circle, twisting the spare of the length around the circle.

Following this,  insert another long length as you can see, and twist this around the circle.

Twisting long lengths to start the circle, strengthens the hoop and makes it easier to follow on with shorter pieces.

You can keep adjusting the circle to make it as round as possible.

The willow will bend and shape quite readily.

Keep adding in lengths, inserting the thick end in between the woven lengths.

Excess pieces of willow can be snipped off as you go or at the end of the work.

Try to keep the shape balanced by rotating the wreath, not inserting the thick ends all into the same part of the circle.

I use garden cutters to trim the thick ends of the willow.

Start to add the colourful willow slips.

You can also use any bendy plant strips and even fresh Bamboo.

Take time to experiment with as many garden materials as you can find!

If it grows and is fresh cut, then it’s fine to use as it will be pliable.

Now add the red Dogwood…

Keep winding.

Keep twisting.

Make the wreath thick and chunky, as it will make a good decoration base all the year round and last for years to come.

The wreath continues to be pushed into shape, making it rounder.

The wreath is now ready for decorating.

This willow wreath is 100% biodegradable and will last for years to come.

You can redecorate it as many times as you please!

Adding Larch

Larch is associated with integrity and vision.

It is also for protection, so lends itself well to a front door wreath.

Adding Birch

Birch is for healing and cleansing and Willow is magical and powerful, so already, we have a triad of good energies balanced within this Christmas, midwinter wreath.

Adding Ivy…symbol of the spiral path of the Self

I cut several long trails of Ivy to wrap around the wreath…symbolizing aspects of the journey of the self and new experiences.

You can probably begin to see and feel the powerful energy from this Circle of Midwinter!

The wreath is now complete.

All that remains is to add some more seasonal decorations of your choice.

This is how I finished mine…

What a beautiful midwinter welcome!

5 Responses to “How to Make a Biodegradable Willow Wreath…easy and free!”

  1. Ruth Putt December 2, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    I love this and the symbolism of the plants. I thimk I will be making a few of these and gifting tem to people who have had a difficult year. Any ideas what I can add in to increase the energy for fertility?? I am a Reiki master and i’m trying everything and anything to help us make our family xx


    • Bealtaine Cottage December 2, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

      Oak…is very charged with fertility.
      Last year I made Brigid Crosses, which I posted out all over the world. Someone emailed me, adamant that the Brigid Cross helped her conceive.
      Brigid is known as the Goddess of Healers, Poets, Smiths, Childbirth and Inspiration. Her name means “Exalted One.” She is said to lean over every cradle.
      Email me with your address and I shall make a special Brigid Cross for you to place in your bedroom.
      Blessings X


  2. Tasiyagnunpa Livermont October 21, 2012 at 3:32 am #

    Reblogged this on Between Leaf and Sky and commented:
    I so want to try this! There’s a ton of willow for the gleaning around here.


  3. Christine @ these light footsteps October 20, 2012 at 3:39 am #

    Oh wow, so beautiful! I think I will make one, too!



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