Painting Found Tree Branches for centerpiece

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

If you do that, make sure that they do not have termites and aren’t rotted. You have to be quite careful. Also, before you paint them you’re going to have to cure them someway if you want them to look nice. You’d also have to do a good deal of sanding.

I know wood. :p I can splain more if anybody wants.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I haven’t done this personally, but I’ve always wondered why you couldn’t just use regular branches! I would sand them A LOT with fine grit sandpaper over the larger parts (like the “trunk”). I like Krylon spray paint from Home Depot, but if you are looking for a particular color, there is this great stuff at Michaels. It is floral spray paint (for spray painting artificial flowers) and it comes in ALL these fabulous colors that regular spray paint doesn’t. It wears just as well as regular paint does too!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I think its a great and simple DIY budget saver! Go for it!  (But do a dry run first just to see how the paint takes the the branch etc)

Post # 6
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Wannabee

Hi, I have actually spray painted branches before. I did mine balck with glitter and they are decoration in my house. I just bought a good brand of spray paint (valspar), I didn’t sand the branches at all, I only removed loose bark that would fall off easily. I like the rough look of the branches it was more natural then when I took all the bark off. I stood them up in a large coffee can and started spraying, Coating each area as I rotated the can. I did two coats of paint but lighter colors may take more coats. After I got my base color on I topped it will a glitter spray paint, its just clear paint with glitter. And lastly i lighty sprayed with a clear coat, to lock in all the glitter and paint to the branches. It turned out pretty and people always ask me where I go them. They can’t believe I made them! I hope this helps. *also the gitter would be especially pretty with your colors and it helps to hide and imperfections! Good Luck

Post # 6
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I know this thread is old, but I’m trying to do the same centerpieces for my wedding reception. There’s a forest behind my parent’s house, so I think I can find good branches there. The thing is, my wedding is in 2 months and they live 3 hours away from me. I have a planned trip this weekend to pick up things to use in my wedding, and I wanted to make the centerpieces then so they could bring them with them when they came. Will it be fine if I make them 2 months earlier? Or would they rot?

 

Thanks in advance!

samrsix :  

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