A living willow wigwam

Last Saturday’s Guardian (UK) had a craft booklet full of crafts for all ages, including a handful for kids, and it’s available online (thanks Zoe!). You will find a great article on the joys of crafting with kids, instructions for how to make a box kite, sock puppet and my favourite; a living willow wigwam. Perhaps before embarking on this project, read Will Hodgkinson’s first hand account of putting one together with his 4 year old and 6 year old.

For more information on putting together a living willow wigwam, Willows Nursery has a great page full of wigwam before and after (above) photos.

6 Responses to “A living willow wigwam”

  1. Jen H

    Family Fun magazine had something similar with sunflowers last year–you plant the sunflowers in a circle and make a big ‘cave’ of them as they grow. Thanks for reminding me about it!

  2. katef

    Oh I love these.. I saw some awesome willow cubbies when I was in the UK. We’d love to do something similar here but does anyone know if you can even get the right kind of willow in Australia? And if so where from?

  3. Veronique

    Oh, this is a good one! I imagine all the other easy things one could grow into a teepee… like sweet peas, and morning glories… I’d love to be surrounded by flowering vines (who said it had to be for the kids?). Lovely!

  4. momomimi

    I knew there was a reason I was going to buy it last Saturday!!!, then completely forgot, thanks for the link.

  5. Jillian Curtis

    I love willow houses too. It reminds me of my grandma’s house.

    Wonderful ideas 🙂

    I just found this blog today and I’m glad I did.


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