Post # 1
I am trying to make a go at making my own centre pcs.
I have in mind branches with candles or beads. I don’t want to do flowers.
My theme colours are navy and silver.
Any ideas of how I can make these at a low cost?
Where can I get branches??
Thank you so much!
Post # 3
These centerpieces are fairly easy to make . You do need the storage space if you plan to make them ahead.
Find a container that you like the look of that goes with your theme.
Buy Plaster of Paris bulk at the home store.
Find the branches you need. A lot of brides use manzanita branches for the look but they can be pricy. If you decide that’s what you want, do some research to find a deal.
Search here in the wedding bee classifieds for used centerpieces or in the boards or blogs for sources for the branches themselves.
You can use regular branch prunings if you find some you like the look of. I have made these centerpieces in the past by placing a wanted ad on craigslist when people are pruning- late winter , early spring. Sometimes you can find them at other times of the year also. Some people do their pruning and just leave the branches in a pile on their property. They are happy to let you take what you want free.
Cut the branches to the length you need.
You can spray paint the branches any color you want.
Mix up the plaster of paris and pour some into one of your containers(obviously it must be waterproof). Place the branch in the pot and wait until the plaster of paris sets. Sometimes you need to rig up some temporary support for the branch until the base is hardened.
Add whatever you want for decor to the branch.
Hanging votive holders:
Cover up the base with some moss or pebbles- whatever you like the look of.
You can also use a vase with filler as below: