Post # 1
I am looking to add some height to our tables. We would like to do tall centerpieces on maybe 1/3 of our tables (so 8/24 or so). I originally reserached manzanita branches because they are strong and you could hang small votives on the branches. The florist said they are really expensive, he said $100 per centerpiece just for the branch, I think I found places you can order online for $30-$40. I am not sure why such a big price difference. Maybe the ones online are not good quality?
So at the florists suggestion, I went to look at curly willow which luckily is carried at our local Michaels for $12 for a 10 stem bundle. I did a mock up last night, I found the perfect vase for $7 and some small river rocks for $3 for 3lbs.
This was a very rough first run of these (I can use them around the house so the materials won’t go to waste). I can add flowers to the branches themselves, stems of flowers, candles hanging from the branches, etc. but I’m not sure where to go from here. I am also not sure if these are the correct height (the vase is 14″, total height around 32-34″). I want to limit the amount of centerpiece at eye level at a round table of 8.
Post # 3
What if I added some flowers and votives to look like this?
Post # 4
This picture has the branches more spread out with the less flowers and the votives dropped away from the centerpiece. Would this be too distracting at eye level?
Post # 5
I think if you added some flowers or “filler” to them they’d look really nice.
Post # 6
you have inspired me to make my own branch centerpieces! $100 for a centerpiece? you must be joking. i’m about to just go cut some branches off trees in the backyard. i mean, seriously. but i do love birch branches. too bad i don’t have one of those growing in the yard.
Post # 7
I bought twisted willow to do a christmas tree a few years back. I bought it when it was still green which allowed me to twist it into squiggles and make it curly and easy to hang ornaments from. Obviously you have to let it dry out b4 u hang them. Org with your florest to get it when it is still green, twist it into desired shape and let it dry out then u are ready to start adding to it.
Post # 8
I’m doing curly willow centerpieces and this is what my florist suggested to us which was really helpful: put a few hydrangeas around the top of the vase where the curly willow comes out. then sprinkle the branches with candles and/or a couple of dendrobium orchids (just a few, so that the willows aren’t SO dark) and then place candles around the centerpiece to give some more light.
Post # 9
I love this idea and think you’ve just convinced me that I must use something similar for my centerpieces. I like the 3rd option.
Post # 10
I’m personally a fan of hte combination of 3 and 4. Slightly more spread out like 4, with more floral impact like 3.