Willow trees have a variety of uses and have been used throughout history for medicinal and other purposes. The branches of the willow are straight and are flexible enough to use in different crafting ventures.
Willow branches are used in chair making. Branches ranging from 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter are used for this type of project, depending on the part of the chair that is being worked on. The branches are collected when the sap is running in the tree.
Curly willow branches are used with lamp bases to add a decorative element to porches and living rooms. For something different, short branches from the willow tree are glued around a lamp shade base. The new shade is then attached to the lamp.
Long, curly willow branches are used in making wedding and garden arches. They are not difficult to create and can be decorated if desired. Up to a dozen seven foot branches are used for this project and are placed in pots to keep them in place.