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How to make curly Willow Bouquet

Updated on September 10, 2014

Curly willow bouquet

Crafting with willow

Most people recognize this willow from silver fuzzy flowers, which are oh so soft and cute. (Unfortunately I am not allowed to type the common name of this willow here). I do love them as well, but to me willow is one of my favorite materials for crafting. Willow is not only sturdy, it is flexible and versatile. You can make wreaths, baskets, furniture and many kinds of decorations, like curly willow bouquet!

Making curly willow bouquet was one of my favorite projects. I will show you how it is done. If making flower arrangement is not your strongest quality, no worries, anyone can make stunning curly willow bouquet, that I can guarantee! For this project all you need is some willow, wire, pruning scissors and time.

I did some searching and apparently you can use any kind of willow to make this kind of curly willow bouquet. If you try, please let me know!

All images taken by Marja79 unless mentioned otherwise

Best time to collect willow twigs

Best time to collect willow is just before blooming.

During winter, soaking willows in hot water makes willow easier to work with.

Step 1 - Find some Willow twigs

These mostly grow wild almost anywhere. I have pruning scissors with me. For a big bouquet you need long willow twigs.

As long as willow twigs look healthy ,and are not too thick, they are fine. I try to avoid cutting them off from a bush that has gotten big as tree, those are too thick. I choose the small willow twigs around the tree.

Cut willow twigs with proper tools

Willow twigs are really though and almost stringy like, so you cannot just bend them. Fresh willow is sturdy and moist. That is how you can determine is willow good enough for crafting. Twig that snaps is not good.

Fiskars Power-Lever Anvil Pruner
Fiskars Power-Lever Anvil Pruner

These are sturdy enough to cut stronger branches as well.

I have older model of these , have had them for years. Still working great, even though I have used them to cut wire as well.. but do not tell anyone!


Step 2 - making curls

pussy willow curls
pussy willow curls

I cut about 40 willow twigs, some always get ruined so better to be safe than sorry. I want loose curls for this one so I am using quite large round object to make those curls.

Step 3 - wiring

wiring willow
wiring willow

Wire is the best material for this. No need to tie anything , just cut pieces about 4 inches.

Step 4 - let them dry in warm place

Fresh willow is moist, so it can take few days before they are dry enough to stay curled.

Step 5 - Making the Bouquet

I have waited about 3 days, could have waited about a week or so to get the best possible result. I have cut open all the wires, my fingertips did not like me opening them.

Step 6 - start small

pussy willow bouquet
pussy willow bouquet

Adding one twig at the time to see how they fit. I use about 10 twigs or so and then tie them with wire to help me to handle the bouquet.

Step 7 - tie the bouquet with willow twig

pussy willow twig
pussy willow twig

Ok this looks pretty good now. I have one willow twig left, I use it to tie up the whole bouquet. Fresh willow bends nicely and it is durable.

Step 8 - make paper flowers

paper flower
paper flower

I took a piece of red paper and just folded it to look a bit like a flower, I can only make paper flowers like this. Maybe I should learn to do more difficult ones?

Step 9 - final touch

pussy willow bouquet
pussy willow bouquet

Adding the paper flowers, I do not think this needs more , at least this time. Depending on occasion it is easy to make different kinds of decorations. In one bouquet I used thin copper wire, it curls like the willow twigs and shines in the light so it looks great.

Think big

Think big
Think big

What else you can do from willow twigs

You can decorate your garden or patio many ways with willow twigs. You can even make furniture, baskets, wall decorations. Make a living fence!

Bend In The Willows
Bend In The Willows

Willow is great material for many kinds of decorations and crafting. Properly collected, dried and soaked Willow is sturdy. The process takes time, but it is worth it.


Storing willow

Willows can be collected from late fall until early spring and stored for later use. Willow should be properly dried in cool dark place , when it snaps in half it is dry enough. Then willow is soaked in cold water for 2 or 3 weeks. It makes willow twigs stronger for more challenging crafting like plaiting.

Peeled willow dries faster (in one day in warm and sunny place ),and it does not have to be soaked in cold water that long. Peeled willow is not suitable for outdoor decorations.

Have you used willow in crafting? - all comments welcome

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      IreneL11 4 years ago

      Great idea. Thank you for sharing.

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      LeslieMirror 4 years ago

      i like such creative ideas in the interior. It makes the whole design be more personal, showing the individuality of the owner. Have something to say on this at my page, you are welcome to read!

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      Torrs13 4 years ago

      Great idea! You gave easy to follow instructions and made me feel like I could actually do this craft!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love your arrangement...willow is so versatile-good job

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 4 years ago from Johanesburg

      Nice lens , beautiful craft , thanks for sharing

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      These are beautiful. Can you help us identify the willow? Thanks. d

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      Klinetka 4 years ago

      So simple but so nice. Thanks

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      nurcahyaku10 4 years ago

      I like this lens.

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      dudokdudok 4 years ago

      Oh wow, great idea. Will make it a project with my children. Lovely lens.

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      sharadkgupta lm 4 years ago

      Very informative lens.Now it is so easy to make a good looking bouquet.

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      Ash2013 4 years ago

      Well deserved LotD! Thanks for creating this lens.

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      Marja79 4 years ago

      @KyraB: For simple crafting like this you can collect them any time of year. It is just a bit more work to pick off the leaves.

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      fifinn 4 years ago

      I like this lens. Very creative.

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      RogerBonger 4 years ago

      Great lens. I always wondered how the curly branch bouquets were made

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      BarbsSpot 4 years ago

      @Lensmaster...Willows are fun to craft and the results really add a touch of the out-of-doors inside. Nice use of pictures to demonstrate and explain your willow crafting ideas. Congratulations of LotD and the Purple Star awards!

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      chocochipchip 4 years ago

      Very nice lens! Like it a lot! Congrats on LOTD

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      nicey 4 years ago

      Lovely and congrats.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      The finished product looks great. I never would have thought of this. Neat!

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Very nice and beautiful photos.

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      This is totally cool! What a creative thing to do. I am very much tempted to start working with willow twigs. That furniture book looks very, very intriguing!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You did a terrific job with this lens. Congrats on Lens of the Day!

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      Booksie 4 years ago

      Great job! It looks... BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations on LotD!! God Bless.

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      jemacb 4 years ago

      Nice and creative. Well done.

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      sachinnarangblogger 4 years ago

      wow..this looks beautiful and quite simple

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      dperry1 4 years ago

      Marja....fantastic lens! Very informative and and at the same time simple to follow. I'm going to try this!

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      roseambrose 4 years ago

      Lovely ideas. I haven't used willow in crafting before. Fascinating.

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      jlshernandez 4 years ago

      Yes I have curly willows in craft stores. Thanks for sharing your tutorial and congrats on a job well done.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Beautiful craft work. You certainly have a sense of creative art.

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

      I have not, but after seeing your lens, I think I might try. They look so elegant. Congratulations on your LotD.

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      KyraB 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing this! I love to craft and I live in the country and many willows nearby. I will be so trying this! I know that you said the best time to get willows is before they bloom but can you still use them even after they get leaves on them? The ones where I live already have there leaves out you see.

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      June Campbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      What a great, original idea. I have never seen this done before.

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      Sanfay 4 years ago

      Great idea. I love the natural home décor look.

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      adiovith 4 years ago

      Congratulation for get LOTD and good luck..

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      Congratulation for your purple the star and for the LOTD. Very nice lens, your willow bouquets are beautiful.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is such a wonderful lens, art, home décor and also nature loving. Nice job, congrats to the star and LOTD , Smile big :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very creative. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      JessicaJohn 4 years ago

      it is awesome way to décor our bedroom with these kinds of nice stuff.

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      JessicaJohn 4 years ago

      it is awesome way to décor our bedroom with these kinds of nice stuff.

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      chennaidial 4 years ago

      The speedy ideas....Congratulations

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      chennaidial 4 years ago

      The speedy ideas....Congratulations

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      GrammieOlivia 4 years ago

      Nicely done, will try this for sure.

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      mrdata 4 years ago

      Congratulations for your purple star! Your idea to make willow bouquet is amazing! Thanks!

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      Zienna1 4 years ago

      Congratulations for getting the lens of the day. Never tried it before. Better ask my hubby to get it next time. It looks great!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      How beautiful! I've never done any crafts like this. Great pictures and instructions and a fabulous result. Congratulations on your gorgeous Lens of the Day!

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      Love the tutorial. I would really like to try it out - just need to figure out where to get willow twigs.

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      MKEflorist 4 years ago

      We use a lot of curly willow in floral arrangements, but mostly just the tips. Never thought about curling the rest of the branch and using it like you did. Thanks for the great idea!

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      StevenGerrar 4 years ago

      really very good creativity. Like it

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      dakadare 4 years ago

      I really like this. We have a willow tree nearby, I think I will go there tomorrow and try it out.

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I'd never have though to make this but it's lovely. Congratulation on LOTD too!

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      KamalaEmbroidery 4 years ago

      Great idea. I don't think I have willows anymore where I live. Have to look for some.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great ideas! I like this decoration.

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      Socialpro54 LM 4 years ago

      nice lens, beautiful and amazing

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      Marja79 4 years ago

      @Scarlettohairy: depends where you live, ask local gardening club etc. If someone has them on their yard, ask a permission to get some!

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      Marja79 4 years ago

      @Cynthia Haltom: Hahaha, that would be a huge challenge, I wish I had palm trees here to see if one can actually do something fun from them!

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      Your willows are gorgeous! I don't have willows where I live, what can you do with a palm tree?

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Wow, I wish I knew where some of these ***** willows grew around here! Love this bouquet!

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      L. Olson 4 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Nice easy to follow article on how to do this..I never realized how easy it could be.


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      Therestlesssoul 4 years ago

      beautiful craft.....and great tutorial. Thank you for sharing!!

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      sherry9459 4 years ago

      it is very beautiful and of course amazing

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      I have not used willow in crafting but am sure impressed with your talent in doing so! For the beautiful bouquets and a great tutorial, thank you!

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      Very beautiful and creative lens.

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      CraftyStaci 4 years ago

      I love how you curled them - I'll definitely try that. On a side note, I'm almost embarrassed at how long it took me to figure out the type of willow you can't say!

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I have never tried this -- in fact never thought of it. (P.S. I think it's a sad comment that some people have ruined it for other, so now you can't mention a longstanding springtime fuzzy flower)