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Cool woodland craft idea: a fruit bowl made from fallen twigs

Rustic twig bowl with fruit inside - a charming woodland craft idea!

Step 1: Walk the dog, but don’t throw him/her sticks, keep them.

Rustic twig bowl- a charming woodland craft idea!

Step 2: Cut to length, drill and add some wire, easy!

Rustic twig bowl base - a charming woodland craft idea!

Step 3: Finally, empty the biscuit tin (yummy) and fashion a base.

Last week I used an empty baked beans tin, this week I thought I’d be even thriftier and use twigs! It’s the perfect woodland craft idea, a rustic fruit bowl constructed from good ‘ol twigs, as found on the ground under trees. Actually that’s the best thing about this project, not that it’s made from a free resource, but that the first step involves getting off your sofa and into the countryside.

On top of this, my fruit bowl has an added claim to fame – the twigs were gathered from Burnham Beeches, an ancient English woodland that has been featured in many movies including ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’, ‘Princess Bride’ and ‘Harry Potter’! And no, I didn’t make a special pilgrimage, I happen to live nearby – it’s where I walk the dog and kids.

How to make your own charming woodland craft idea fruit bowl

Why not give it a go? You’ll find details on how to make your own bowl below – if you have any questions, just leave me a comment.

Twig bowl - how to diagram

Please note: You will also, most likely, need to sand the ‘biscuit tin’ base to remove the printed surface. I’d also suggest spending some time, after steps 8 and 9, shaping the bowl by bending the twigs and tweaking the wire with pliers.

Download instructions and measuring guide›

1) Measuring guide – print out at 100%
2) Collectable instructions – they are useful and they look good
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Have a look at Robin Wood’s blog, he’s a wood turner that uses a foot-powered lathe to make traditional bowls and plates from local timber. He’s also passionate about preserving heritage crafts.

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23 thoughts on “Cool woodland craft idea: a fruit bowl made from fallen twigs

  1. This is amazing! I love that I can make something that looks like it’s straight out of a pricey store with things around the house and in the backyard. Awesome idea :)

    • Yes, and if you collect the twigs yourself you end up with nice memories as well. Thanks for the comment. Scott:-)

  2. I love nature. I love crafts using nature. I just had to check you out after seeing your project on Craftzine.com. Thanks for the instructions.

  3. Oh my goodness! I’m so glad I found your blog! It’s absolutely beautiful! And I love making things out of twigs and old biscuit tins, so…

    • Thank you – and I’m very glad to have a new visitor. Good luck with your own ‘twig project’, I hope you will visit again. Scott

  4. Hi, just stumbled across your site through a random search and I love it! Subscribing now… thanks for the great ideas, already got future plans to use them!

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