Make a willow bird feeder

Make a Willow Bird Feeder 

Course Description

These attractive willow bird feeders make a lovely alternative to a metal or plastic feeder for your garden.  Filled with fat balls, and hung on a hook or a branch of a tree, your garden birds will thank you.  This project involves quite a few basketry techniques to create the band of weaving and the spiral weave up the sides – all perfectly achievable even if you have never made anything in willow before.

The Tutor

Louise Brown has been weaving with willow for over 20 years, and now spends most of her time teaching basket making and willow-weaving. She has been especially drawn to weaving with natural materials because of the sustainable approach, as they not only sit beautifully in the environment, but also naturally biodegrade, leaving nothing unpleasant behind to damage our planet. Many of the tools and techniques for basket making has also been the same for thousands of years, and Louise is one of the people keeping the tradition alive today.

Participant Information

Tuition, tools and all materials will be provided by the Tutor. The manipulation of the softened willow needs a little strength and dexterity in the hands, but quite manageable for adults unless they have joint or strength problems. It is advisable to either bring a work apron or to wear old clothes as soaked willow can sometimes be a little messy.

Please wear sensible footwear (no open-toed sandals).

Fee & Refreshments

£45 per person, to include tuition, tea, coffee and cake. Please let the Museum know if you have any dietary requirements.  Fee includes entry to the Museum for those who want to visit before the workshop.

Book course


Thu 10 August 2023






Countryside Crafts & Skills