20 October 2013

DIY Willow Wreath...

The countdown to Christmas is truly underway, 
have you been doing any planning?
I thought I had better get a move on with that,
 so I sat down  with pen and notepad, and planned away!
Every year I have a colour theme,
and this year it will be the traditional red, dark green and white.
I'm going to make book page butterflies,
Scotty dog decorations in white felt,
and a decorated wreath.
Those bits will go nicely with the felt reindeer made last year,
and all the other Christmasy things,
 I have made or collected over the years.
Don't you just LOVE Christmas?
When do you decorate your house?
Are you like me and decorate in the first week of December?
The large wreath was today's creation
 and it should be dry enough to decorate in a few weeks time.
Here is how you make a willow wreath...
There is a little willow tree 
in the house paddock at Mia Bella Gardens,
so I gathered some of it...
As well as some thin wire...
                                               and secateurs.
The next task was to strip the leaves and tips from the willow...
 Then cut some small pieces of wire...
 Choosing some of the longer lengths of willow bend into a circle....
 Using the wire, bind it together in three of four places....
 Don't worry if it's not perfectly round, 
as you shape it as you weave more willow into it.
 Keep weaving and twisting, poking the willow into the circle...
give it a squish and help it shape into a circle.
If you have access to willow, have a go at making a wreath...
It is lovely to work with as it is so supple.
It took me about 3/4 of an hour to make this....
Quite therapeutic actually, all that weaving.
 
 And here it is...
ready to hang and dry...
Don't the poppies look pretty framed by my DIY willow wreath?