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Difficulty : easy Cost : no, as long as you can get wicker or willow stems in the wild Tools required : - wicker or flexible wood stems at least one meter long - 9 hardwood stakes (chestnut, locust, laurel, etc.) approximately 35 to 40 cm high and approximately 3 cm in diameter - a hatchet to cut the base of the stakes - a pruner to cut the wicker - a large hammer
Step 1: We cut the stakes
Prune the stakes in the shape of a pencil point about ten centimeters so as to push them more easily. Here, these are branches from the annual size of a laurel. Prune the 9 stakes in this way. It is essential to have an odd number of stakes as soon as you make a circle, otherwise the strands do not cross correctly when pleating.
Step 2: We create a harmonious spacing between the stakes
The 9 wooden stakes must have equal spacing around the tree. For this, use a wooden rod (a rod) which will serve as a template to space them harmoniously in the round.
Use a second, larger template to place them equidistant from the tree trunk.
The quality of the final appearance of the pleated border around the base of the tree will depend on the regular spacing of the stakes.
Step 3: We drive in the stakes
Drive the stakes at least 6 inches into the ground using a large hammer.
Step 4: We get into plessage
Pleating can begin. Take a wicker rod and position it inside a stake, then braid it from one stake to another, passing behind one, then in front of the next.
When the stem becomes too thin, cut it, still inside a stake.
Position a new rod overlapping the one you just cut and continue braiding by passing the next stake and so on.
Each stake is thus entwined with wicker, once in front, once behind.
The association of two different colored woods, here yellow for the wicker and green for the willow, adds a decorative note.
Step 5: We finish the plessage
The plessage is finished a little before reaching the top of the stakes. You can pack more or less the wicker strands according to the desired effect.
Here is your tree highlighted and protected. A few small flowers will be welcome inside the circle to decorate this little natural-colored nest.