Post # 1
I am having a issue with my centerpieces and need advice/ideas. I went out and cut a ton of dead branches from the woods near my house. I spray painted them gold, and hot glued purple phalaenopsis orchid heads throught the branches. Then I will be putting about three or so branches together in a tall (about 10″) cylinder vase. My problem is, and I didn’t even think about it before testing it, they are really top heavy. When I put them in the vases, they tip over! My family has offered the idea of buying those pebbles that are colored from craft stores, but I don’t want to do that because they are expensive and will take a lot of bags to fill one vase. My only other idea was to get a bunch of sand, but again, I don’t know where I can get that much for a reasonable price. Does anyone have any ideas of what I could do to make these things stand????
Post # 3
See what’s available at a store like home depot. I ended up getting pea gravel instead of river rocks (same look, much cheaper) for our candles
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@SoontobeMrsKB: Quick cement in the bottom of the vases?
Post # 5
@MissMaryMc: ooo great idea, I didn’t think about a place like home depot having that, I just had craft stores in my mind- which are so much more expensive! Thanks!
@beachbride1216: That is a brilliant idea! Thank you!!
Post # 6
@SoontobeMrsKB: Aquarium/pet store-bulk colored gravel, pebbles or sand For very little $. Bonus, it can be resold or given away to those with aquariums. Home Depot is a great place for pebbles & sand. Get the stuff that’s by the cement mixes (not the play sand). But it’s only in one color-natural beige/brown.
I’ve used plain old cat litter too (über cheap) when the vases are not transparent. Works like a charm
Post # 7
@SoontobeMrsKB: If you want to use plaster of paris to make a disc that can be placed in the bottom of the vase, find a round contaiiner that is just slightly smaller than the diameter of the vase (yogurt, sour cream etc). Line it with saran wrap. Pour in the Plaster of Pris.
Let it set. When it is hard you can remove the saran wrap and place the disc into the bottom of the vase before you add the branches.
Post # 8
You can get sandbox sand at home stores too. If you want sand.
Post # 9
My now husband 🙂 made all our centerpieces. He handpicked all the wood from our local woods area – to keep it stable, he picked rocks from our front yard, filled the vase with water and we had no issues with the branches being so tall. See our pic from our reception last week! Everyone loved them.
Post # 10
@SoontobeMrsKB: Are your vases transparent or not?
If they’re transparent, you could use toilet paper rolls as a cheap “filler” for the center of the vase, and use the prettier stuff around them. (Check out http://lilyandbliss.com/2012/09/save-those-t-p-rolls/)
If they’re not, you could fill the bottom part with “junk” (ie cement, cheap non-pretty sand), and then put rocks or some pretty thing on top in case you’re worried someone will look in your vase haha.
Post # 11
We have tree branches in wine bottles, and we’re using these: http://www.aqua-gems.com/
I don’t know which site my fiance bought them from, but they were very inexpensive and really pretty!
Post # 12
@SoontobeMrsKB: I didn’t read thru all the responses to see if its been mentioned but what about rice? Its pretty heavy and shouldn’t bee too expensive
edit…..not sure if your vases are see thru thou? Not sure how it would look….jsut a thought for something cheap that might work
Post # 13
@SoontobeMrsKB: i bought rocks @ dollar tree and spray painted them.
Post # 16
@beachbride1216: I did my centerpieces today using your quick cement idea- worked like a charm!