DIY Willow Ball Garden Decoration | Nature Craft

DIY Willow Ball Garden Decoration. Willow balls are the perfect decoration to hang in a tree in the garden. It's not a completely solid ball so light will show through it making a lovely silhouette.

I've admired the willow balls and statues at Koiramäen Pajutalli (Doghill's Willow Stable) for a long time and so my first nature craft this spring is a willow ball. I think willow balls are the perfect decoration to hang in your apple tree or another big tree in the garden. It's not a completely solid ball so you can see the light through it (as in the shadow in the photo above), making a lovely silhouette. I shot the process on video. And I also made an updated version of a moss ball.

Olen ihaillut Koiramäen Pajutallin pajupalloja ja -patsaita jo pitkään ja pajupallosta tulikin tämän kevään ensimmäinen luonnonmateriaaleista tehty käsityöprojektini. Pajupallot sopivat esimerkiksi omenapuun tai muun ison puun koristeiksi. Kuvasin työn vaiheet myös videolle. Tein myös päivitetyn version sammalpallosta

 

DIY Willow Ball Garden Decoration. Willow balls are the perfect decoration to hang in a tree in the garden. It's not a completely solid ball so light will show through it making a lovely silhouette.

You'll need

  • Iron wire
  • Secateurs for cutting branches
  • Cutters for cutting iron wire
  • Pliers (optional) for bending iron wire
  • Gloves
  • Willow branches


Tarvikkeet

  • rautalanka (mustaa rautalankaa)
  • oksasakset
  • leikkurit rautalangan leikkaamiseen
  • pihdit (valinnainen) rautalangan taivuttamiseen
  • hanskat
  • pajunoksia


DIY Willow Ball Garden Decoration. Willow balls are the perfect decoration to hang in a tree in the garden. It's not a completely solid ball so light will show through it making a lovely silhouette.

Instructions


Get straight, thin and long willow branches. It's best to do this early in the spring before they have leaves. They'll be more bendy at that time. However, I just removed the leaves. Form a round wreath with one or two branches and tie it with iron wire. Make five (more or less depending on the size of your willow ball, the diameter of mine is 25 cm = 9.8 inches) wreaths of the same size. Make a ball scaffold by tying the wreaths together.

Ohjeet


Käytä pitkiä, ohuita ja suoria pajunoksia. Kerää pajut mieluiten aikaisin keväällä ennen kuin niissä on lehtiä. Pajut taipuvat silloin paremmin. Itse kuitenkin revin lehdet pois. Tee kranssi yhdestä tai kahdesta oksasta ja sido se kiinni rautalagalla. Tee viisi (enemmän tai vähemmän riippuen pallon koosta, itse tein halkaisijaltaan 25 cm kokoisen pallon) samankokoista kranssia. Tee kransseista pallon muotoinen kehikko.

DIY Willow Ball Garden Decoration. Willow balls are the perfect decoration to hang in a tree in the garden. It's not a completely solid ball so light will show through it making a lovely silhouette.

Start weaving willow branches into the scaffold, starting from the thicker end of the branch. Don't worry if your willow ball doesn't look like a ball yet. You can fix the shape when adding more branches. Tuck in any stray branches and cut off the excess. Make a loop with iron wire for hanging the willow ball. I'm assuming the green branches will turn brown over time turning the ball into a more even color.  

Puno pajuja kehikkoon aloittaen oksan paksummasta päästä. Ei haittaa vaikkei pajupallo näytä vielä pallolta, muotoa voi korjata punomalla pajuja lisää sopiviin kohtiin. Kun pallo on tarpeeksi tiivis, työnnä ulkona repsottavat oksien päät pallon sisälle tai leikkaa ne pois. Tee rautalangasta pallolle ripustuslenkki. Oletan, että vihreät oksat muuttuvat ruskeiksi ajan myötä ja pallosta tulee yhtenäisemmän värinen.


DIY Willow Ball Garden Decoration. Willow balls are the perfect decoration to hang in a tree in the garden. It's not a completely solid ball so light will show through it making a lovely silhouette.
DIY Willow Ball Garden Decoration. Willow balls are the perfect decoration to hang in a tree in the garden. It's not a completely solid ball so light will show through it making a lovely silhouette.
DIY Willow Ball Garden Decoration. Willow balls are the perfect decoration to hang in a tree in the garden. It's not a completely solid ball so light will show through it making a lovely silhouette.
DIY Willow Ball Garden Decoration. Willow balls are the perfect decoration to hang in a tree in the garden. It's not a completely solid ball so light will show through it making a lovely silhouette.

You can browse through more DIY nature crafts, such as wreaths and twig crafts, here.

Voit selailla läpi muitakin luonnonmateriaaleista tehtyjä käsitöitä täällä. Sivulta löytyy esimerkiksi risutöitä ja kransseja.


Sources (in Finnish) / Lähteet

Koiramäen Pajutalli
Toukokalliolla
Suvikumpu




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