DIY Manzanita Branch Centerpieces?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
1361 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

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
42076 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@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 # 7
1214 posts
Bumble bee

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 # 8
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Post # 9
456 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Post # 10
1 posts
  • Wedding: April 2013

@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
7 posts
  • Wedding: February 2012





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.

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