Step 1: Walk the dog, but don’t throw him/her sticks, keep them.
Step 2: Cut to length, drill and add some wire, easy!
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.
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.
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.