Post # 1
I know there are tons of posts, but just wanted to share ours.
Branches from Blooms & Branches (w/shipping came to roughly $100 for 12 branches)
Crystals (135 pack from Joanns w/50% coupon .. $3.50)
Pot (from Joanns $4.99 on sale 30% off- we will use coupons for the rest)
Plaster of Paris ($8 or so)
The base is likely to get sprayed a metallic silver. This was just our first mock-up, so we’re tossing around ideas like hanging votives, gluing a few flowers on the branches, etc.
Post # 3
Looks good does the pot stand up good i would be worried about it falling over. Is that all you are having as a centerpiece?
Post # 5
@Yellowstone2012: The tree is stuck in plaster of paris, so it definitely stays up (that stuff really weighs it down too).
There will also be tealights around the base of the tree as well and a navy table runner.
Half of the tables will be trees, the others will be various candle holders (all cylinder, varying heights, some floating, etc.) on a silver charger plate.
My current ideas to “jazz it up” are adding a few paper flowers to the branches, adding more crystals, spraying the base silver vs. the duller gray it is, and possibly hanging votives (they’re pricy, but look so pretty).
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2014 - Italiano's Humble
I’m doing them DIY as well, except I’m not buying manzanita though. My Future Father-In-Law has some trees in his yard that he’s cutting down, that are a bit wider in circumference.
I think yours look great!I tried mine with a bright silver, and just didn’t like them. So I went with Rustoleum High Gloss Black. They’ll be in red vases, with white tablecloths, and silver placemats with the votives.
Yes, the hanging votives idea sounds great! But, I wonder if you couldn’t use a soldering kit, and just “melt” the wire to plain glass votive holders? It’s cheaper, and it would allow you to use colored wire, and do neat little patterns! You just have to be quick with your hands, or soldering can get messy.
I guess I got lucky with regular branches, b/c I don’t have to weigh them down as much, since they’re lighter. I’m going to spray paint our vases red, and fill it a third of the way with floor joint compound. It will really only be holding them straight up, since the branches are light. If I have to use multiple branches, I’ll use super thick wire around the bottom, before setting them in the compound.
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