How to Build a Twig Chair

Twig furnishings provide comfort and personality. If you like a rustic look, you may want to build a wicker chair. You don't need to spend a lot of money because twig furniture is made from renewable and sustainable resources, such as willow, bramble wood, laurel, cedar and other tree branches.


  1. 1
    Look in your yard for twigs. You want to use straight, bendable green twigs that are 1/2 an inch (1.27 cm) to 1 inch (2.54 cm) in diameter from soft wooded trees when designing branch chairs.
    • Snip a variety of sizes and lengths with pruning clippers so you'll have plenty of twigs to work with.
    • Place twigs in a bucket of water to keep them fresh.
  2. 2
    Cut the legs for your twig chair. Use twigs with a 1 inch (2.54 cm) diameter. To build a wicker chair, you need strong legs, and these branches will become the back and front legs of your twig chair.
    • Cut 2 pieces 12 inches (30.48 cm) long with a bow saw. When designing wicker chairs, the back legs can extend to the back frame.
    • Saw 2 pieces 4 inches (10.16 cm) long with a bow saw. These will become the front legs of your twig chair.
  3. 3
    Slice 10 twigs with a 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) diameter into 4 inch (10.16 cm) pieces with pruning clippers. To design a twig chair, you want a supportive frame, and these will provide that support.
  4. 4
    Soak the cut twigs in the bucket of water for at least 20 minutes. To build a wicker chair, you want twigs that are soft and pliable.
  5. 5
    Prepare the front legs of the chair.
    • Bore 1 set of holes 1 inch (2.54 cm) down from the top of the branches about 1/2 an inch (1.27 cm) deep with a drill.
    • Drill another set of holes 2 inches (5.08 cm) from the bottom of the twigs about 1/2 an inch (1.27 cm) deep. To design a twig chair, you are aiming for balance, and these holes need to line up.
  6. 6
    Whittle the ends of the thinner 4 inch (10.16 cm) long twigs with a utility knife so that they will fit into the holes you drilled.
  7. 7
    Glue the short twigs into the legs.
    • Squeeze wood glue in the holes you drilled.
    • Fit the 4 inch (10.16 cm) whittled twigs into the holes. Imagine a ladder when building twig chairs, because that is what the back and front legs will look like.
    • Clamp the pieces together with a large rubber band and let it dry.
  8. 8
    Prepare the back legs.
    • Drill 4 sets of holes approximately 1/2 an inch (1.27 cm) deep in the back legs.
    • Bore the top set of holes anywhere you like, keeping in mind that when you build a wicker chair, the holes on the back legs must match.
    • Drill the other sets of holes so that they will line up with the front legs.
  9. 9
    Follow the directions for gluing the short sticks into the front legs for the back legs.
  10. 10
    Cut small twigs the size of the base. To build a wicker chair, you'll need a seat. Glue the sticks and attach them to the seat base.
  11. 11
    Let the chair set overnight.


  • If you don't have trees in your yard, you can collect twigs from a friend's house. Be sure to ask permission before you start cutting branches from their trees.

Things You'll Need

  • Twigs with 1/2 an inch (1.27 cm) to 1 inch (2.54 cm) diameter
  • Pruning clippers
  • Bucket of water
  • Small bow saw
  • Drill
  • Utility knife
  • Wood glue
  • Large rubber band

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