Post # 1
I am doing crystal trees made out of manzanita branches for the main centerpieces at our reception. We’ll probably do 10-12 tables with them out of 30 or so tables.
QUESTION: I want the trees to be really tall but I’m struggling with how to make the base higher while still keeping is stable. Does anyone have any ideas? A lot of people just put them in a little bucket or pot which is cute but I’m trying to make mine a lot taller. HELP!!
I’ve thought about just using taller vases but then how do you hide the floral foam and plaster of paris that you put in it to stabilize it?? Our theme is fairytale/enchanted forest.
I would greatly appreciate any ideas…the base is the hardest part for me!!
Post # 3
You can use any container that you want- you just top the plaster of paris with moss so the top of the container looks nice.
You can fill up the container with plaster of paris, wait until it is almost set, then just insert the branch into the top 6″ or so of the plaster of paris. The weight of the base will stabilize the tall centerpiece.
Post # 4
Thank you, that’s a really good idea! I was worried it may get too heavy filling the whole thing with plaster but you’re right…it would just give it extra stability. Now to find some cute containers!! 😉
Post # 5
I LOVE those vases! Where did you get them?
Post # 6
@MGorsh: I’m also doing crystal manzanita trees. Different craft websites i’ve looked at have suggested using colored sand, glass pebbles or crushed glass if using a vase. I’m using 20″ tall vases (which is the recommended height) with colored sand to stabilize the branches. Where did you get your supplies (crystals, trees, etc.) from?
Post # 7
@dutchessbee: I ended up purchasing 24 inch cylinder vases from Michaels. We filled the bottom half of the vase with river rock and then shoved floral foam down the top half until it hit the rock. We put the branches into the floral foam and that works really well. This worked perfectly to get the height that I wanted. The trees are probably 3 1/2 feet tall off the ground…beautiful! To cover the floral foam, we wrapped the vine greenery around the top half of the vase. Our theme is enchanted forest so the greenery really adds a lot. I will post a picture of the finished product. I have 6 done and 5 more to go. Very time consuming but well worth it! They will definitely be the focal point of the room.
Post # 8
Sorry for the poor background…it’s kind of hard to see. This picture doesn’t do it justice.