(Closed) DIY manzanita centerpieces…suggestions/tips!!

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
46657 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Have you decided what container you want to use? If the container is at all costly, you might want to use a liner for this method so you don’t ruin your containers, or so you can sell them after.

For a liner you can use a plastic plant pot with no hole or a plastic liner from the florist.

Fill the liner with plaster of paris, set your branch in the container and let it harden. Now you can set this liner inside any beautiful container.

Some people just use river rock to stabilize the branch but the plaster of paris is lighter in weight and stabilizes the branch more securely for transport.

Post # 4
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@julies1949:  that’s what I did!

Just a little plaster will do. make sure you pick a container that can support several inches of plaster, though. If you are hanging crystals/candles on them, they need to be secure!

Post # 5
459 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We’re using manzanita branches for 1/2 our centerpieces too. Plaster of paris is seriously the best way to secure them! You could get any paper mache box, terra cotta, anything really, as long as it has a wide enough base and fill it with the plaster. You can put whatever looks good on top of the plaster…like sand, river rocks, glue moss etc.

Post # 6
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@cmatsinger:  You’re getting married on my birthday! Yay!  And- your centerpieces sound like they’re going to be gorgeous!

Post # 10
2 posts


I am looking for manzanita branches also. I was looking into Ebay but am kind of worried about the quality of branches I will receive. I need to make about 20 centerpieces with these branches. Would you mind telling me which Ebay seller you purchased from and how many branches you are using in each centerpiece to get the full look? Thank you!!! They look great by the way!

Post # 11
625 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I know you’ve already solved your issue, but just in case anyone else has the same question and doesnt want to go to plaster method… there’s another way to secure manzanita branches… here’s a video! :

It was made by Blooms and Branches… I got my manzanita from them and used this method and I was very pleased! It was a lot quicker and easier than I thought it would be 🙂


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