Twig Balls: Wrapped, Entwined and Woven Twiggy Focal Points

“You can make them, hang them, make them look lovely with lights. These twig balls likewise look wonderful when swung from a tree with wire. String some occasion lights over the balls for a mysterious impact. These minimal crazed balls may not look like much as you make them, but rather they are stunners when they are lit during the evening. They likewise look fabulous in your lawn or garden.  They are natural, so they can definitely take some wind, rain, snow abuse.”

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The best kind of twigs for making twig balls is willow – hands down. There is no other wood that is so flexible and resists snapping, and also is so slender.

Using the coppiced growth of willow stools which are cut right down to the ground every spring to grow up new again each year provides the most straight canes – sometimes as long as two meters or more.

I use the shorter skinnier ones for smaller sized twig balls, as that leaves plenty of longer ones for other twig crafts. Twig balls are a great way to use off cuts from other projects, deformed or otherwise unsuitable canes.

Look for arborists in your area that prune the long growth (water sprouts) of pollarded willows for a supply of the long slender canes. Most times they’ll be happy for you to take the prunings if you show up on the day they’re doing the work prepared to carry them away.

Using some of the brightly coloured winter willow twigs such as Salix ‘Chermesina’ or even the wiggly twigs of Salix tortuosa which will give an entirely different look.

Other ways to make twig balls are to wrap grapevines in the same fashion for a crinkly looking twig ball. Use these on the top of a twig obelisk to hold all the canes together.

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