Post # 1
Im seriously considering making manzanita branch centerpieces. I really like the natural “tree-y” look. I know that there are a lot of bees out there have done these same type of centerpieces. I’d love to see some pictures of your finished products and I’m hoping you can shed some light on the process.
i was thinking about spray painting them gold. Does anyone know if that will work? Do I have to use a special kind of spray paint? I was also wondering if anyone has ever transported these centerpieces? At some point I’m going to have to bring me to the reception site. Am I going to have to make 5 trips to get all ten of them over there because they’re not all going to fit in the car? How did you all make your centerpieces? Was it easy going? In the end, do you think it was cheaper than getting it from a florist?
Any advice would be so appreciated!
Post # 3
One of my good friends at work used them!
She tried to spray paint hers white with glitter, but had some problems. I think she ended up painting them white then dipped them in glue THEN added the glitter!
Post # 4
I just got mine and I was told by the sellers that if I want to spray paint them I should use the same paint I would use to paint metal/plastic.
As for transport, I’ll be putting them in my mum’s car. She has a ute with a canopy so I think it should be pretty easy to transport them if you can arrange something similar.
Post # 5
@eapau1: You can spray paint the branches with almost any spray paint.
Transportation is an issue. It depends on how tall your branches are. Does someone have a van that you can borrow? If they are really tall (tree like) you may need an open truck.
Turn cardboard boxes upside down, cut a hole in the cardboard the same shape and size of the container and set the finished centerpiece in this hole. The cardboard box keeps the centerpieces separated and stops them from moving around.
Post # 6
That’s good to know about the spray paint. I think the glue and then the glitter makes a lot of sense! this sounds like it’s going to be quite the project! Maybe my very crafty MOH can help!
I am still worried about transportation. I live in Pittsburgh but am getting married in CT. I don’t think that I can drive the 9 hours with all of those branches in the car! Maybe I can just get them shipped to CT and then do the DIY-ing on one of my pre-wedding trips. That would at least cut down on some of the hassle! Thanks for all of the help!
Post # 7
Glitter can be a huge mess if using a lot of it. After you have glittered the branches and they have dried, mix water and glue and paint over the glitter. It will dry clear and glossy but will act as a top coat so the glitter will not fall off. Otherwise it will get all over everything even if you are careful. I think I mixed it half water/half glue and used a super soft brush with longish bristles. Good luck.
Post # 10
@eapau1: Here’s ours from last year. We ended up renting the biggest SUV we could find, and that worked in 1 trip.
Post # 10
I made these for my cousin’s wedding. I’m selling them in classifieds if you are interested. They are spray painted silver. You can easily spray paint them gold. I used the metallics spary paint that you can find at any hardware of craft store. Transportation is not really an issue but it can be time consuming because you have to be careful not to get the branches tangled.
I would recommend finding someone with a mini van and laying them down in the back. I transported them full done and arranged. I got all 17 of my centerpieces transported in a mini van standing up and in open top boxes. It can be nerve wracking so I would recommend someone other than the bride do all this! It was much cheaper doing it myself. Florists wanted around $300 a piece for me to rent them. I paid about $150 for each of them but I used real swarovski crystals and tons of them.