How to Decorate With Willow Branches


The green design movement has inspired many people to incorporate nature and natural materials into their home decor. Decorating with willow branches makes a dramatic statement in a room. Their unpredictable forms lend spaces an organic yet artistic feeling.

Things You'll Need

  • Willow branches
  • Buckets
  • Vases
  • Stones
  • Plants
  • Flowers
  • Paint
  • Select a style of willow branch you prefer, or mix and match for more variety. Dried curly willow branches remain a popular option. The branches twist and swirl in interesting formations. Fresh curly willow branches are pliable and, when displayed indoors, will dry slowly over time. For the most dramatic effect, use corkscrew willow branches which contort more extremely.

  • Prep your willow branches for your decor projects. Trim errant pieces, but avoid making the arrangement look too uniform. If you pulled willow branches from a tree, inspect the leaves and branches for bugs and spider webs. If you purchased dried curly willow, you can soak the branches in water for 20 minutes and gently pull branches outward to spread them out.

  • Consider finishing your willow branches. For a more natural or rustic look, unpainted and unvarnished willow branches work well. However, if you want your branches to pop in a monochromatic room or have funky style, you can paint them. Paint branches white, silver, gold or black for a modern look, or go with periwinkle or mango orange for a bohemian effect. For a shabby chic or cottage look, apply a thin layer of antique whitewash or cream tone milk paint.

  • Display your willow branches. The large profile of dried curly willow means it dominates the space. Consider using it as a centerpiece on a large table. Corkscrew willow also functions as a centerpiece, or drill holes in it and hang it from the ceiling with fishing line. Fresh curly willow may stand in a tall vase or bend around a trellis. Use heavy containers such as wooden or metal buckets or thick glass vases for willow branches, and weight them at the bottom with stones, sand, pebbles or glass marbles.

  • Mix other plants and flowers around your willow branch arrangements to give your decor depth and variety. Surround the base of a willow display with succulents, or frame the willow branch area with green vines or bright flowers.

Tips & Warnings

  • Dust your willow branches to keep them looking fresh.

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