Post # 1
So I’m trying to recreate this exact piece for my seating card table:
But I am at a complete loss as to how they got the manzanita branches to stand up straight! I’ve seen all those tutorials where the manzanita branches are anchored in a vase or a wooden box using river rocks or plaster of paris, but in this picture, it looks like the branches are anchored only by a shallow pile of river rocks. How is this possible?? I’ve been scratching my head for days over this one
Post # 3
Sorry, I dont know why I have those two emoticons before my greeting!
Post # 4
my thought is that they are attached to a small piece of wood or something, inserted and glued into holes on the wood to hold them straight up, and then the river rocks are covering the wood and acting as a weight to hold it up??? that’s the only thing I can think of right now. Good luck though… it looks gorgeous!
Post # 5
It’s possible that they are attached with screws right throught the bottom of each branch onto a block of wood.
Post # 6
There’s definitely some type of structure underneath the rocks. It also appears that they may have glued some of the white flowers (orchids?) onto the base to help disguise it. Obviously whoever did this did a really good job at making the structure disappear. I’d say use some trial and error until you get the look you’re after.
Post # 7
Thanks, everyone 🙂 I figured there must be some structure underneath the rocks–just wasn’t sure what could be so thin! Perhaps it is a wooden plank…in any event, if you think of any other ideas, I would love to hear them!
Post # 8
If I were doing it I would get something diposable like a large pop bottle, milk jug etc.
I would mix up Plaster of Paris, pour that into the mold, then insert the branch and stabilize it until the Plaster of Paris is hard.
After it is dry and hard, you can cut away the mold, or, given that you are going to cover it with river rocks and flowers, just leave it as is.
The Plaster of Paris will give you a solid support for the manzanita branch.
Post # 9
I would try a thin piece of wood or an unfinished tile and A LOT of liquid nails. You will want a fairly large base (I would say at least 6″ square, but 9″ square would probably be better). Then just glue (with lots of glue) the branches upright onto the base. (Your might want to anchor the branches to the ceiling with some fishing line or string while it dries so the branches don’t fall over or tilt while the glue is drying…) Once that glue is dry, you could use more liquid nails or some super glue (because it dries faster and is thinner and easier to work with) to glue some rocks and/or flowers onto the base to cover the base glue. Once you got to your venue, you could add more rocks/flowers to spread out over the table, but I think gluing some down would help make the “tree” look cohesive and would prevent rocks slipping off and showing your base when guests get to the table. I hope this helps!
Post # 10
I’m guessing the Manzanita was attached with a 1/4″ piece of plywood and long wood screws. Then the wood base was covered with rocks.
Very pretty isn’t it.
Post # 11
the base is covered with rocks
Post # 12
Manzanita is a really hard wood so you can drill wood screws through the center and use 1/2 ply wood for the base. Make sure your ply wood base is big enough for balance of the branches.
or just make a small box at least 10x10x2H and fill with plaster a paris. I think that is what the picture is showing. That’s why the rocks closest to the base of the branches are bigger.
Post # 13
They may have used a floral pin frog.