Willow Alternative Christmas Tree

Willow Alternative Christmas Tree


Tutor: Hazel Godfrey

Date Available: 

  • 18 November 2018

1 day course: 10am - 4pm

Create a fun and sustainable Christmas Tree - perfect for indoors or out and re-useable for the garden in Spring.

During this one-day course you will discover the techniques used to make an alternative and contemporary Christmas Tree that can also be used again in the spring as a plant support!

Using a jig to support construction, you will learn how to stake up, organise and bind stakes securely prior to starting the weave. You will learn two weaving techniques: a three-rod wale for the base of the structure, then a pairing weave using several rods to create a rope-like spiral around the stakes that continues to the top of the tree. You will also learn how to finish the top with a willow binding.

If time allows, you will also learn how to make some willow Christmas decorations.

Hazel will demonstrate each process and explain the principles behind the weaving techniques being used for each stage of construction.

By the end of the day you will have made a useful willow structure approximately 120cms high and 36cms diameter. You will be familiar with the principles of making conical woven structures and have the knowledge to confidently purchase materials to create more in the future.

A factsheet will be available containing useful diagrams, terminology, and tips for sourcing materials, tools and suppliers.

This course is suitable for beginners.

What to bring;

Some tools are provided but if you have a sharp pair of secateurs and small long-nose pliers it would be useful. Please bring an old bath towel or similar for keeping your willow damp during the day. It is advisable to bring an apron or wear old clothes.

Material fee:

There will be an additional fee of £10 for materials which is payable in cash to the tutor at the start of the course. Please note, we will not be providing fairy lights.

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