Post # 1
I want to make tree branch centerpieces and would really like to collect branches from nature to save money. Does anyone know if they hold up well for a long time or do they become brittlle, flimsy, and break easily?
Someone told me they had to be cut from a live tree to work. Is this true? I’d much rather them be from a fallen dead tree..
I need thin, straight branches if that makes any difference…
Thanks for any help!
Post # 3
i did this! mine are pretty brittle, but i am pretty careful with them. i just got them in the woods. it was really hard to find the shape i wanted though, mostly they looked like sticks.
Post # 4
Ok I was going to tell you to check out youtube as there is a company that does the crystals (crystalier) and they did have an instructional video up about a year ago (now all thier video are just ads). And I havent found any other video that would help but while I know reading it is not the same as seeing it this may help
Basically they got branches that were fairly straight and the right height they cut of any excess branches eg ones low down the trunk.
To even out the tree and thicken the branches in areas they just got a stick similar to those growing out of the crystal tree wrapped the end with wire and then twisted the wire around the main branch. So it sits just like the others.
You could run hot glue around the wire for extra hold if you want. Once its painted uplit and sitting on the table I doubt a bit of thin wire would be noticeable.
I think the principle for using green (off the tree) branches is they bend and therefore you can wrap them with wire and get them more into the sahpe you want.
Ok hope this made sense, sorry I couldnt find the video and goodluck with the tree.
Post # 5
My wedding is still 6 months away but I already collected branches. I did take mine off live bushes though cause I couldn’t find any on the ground. I just assumed they would hold up but maybe not. I have seen some sold in Michael’s but I figure why pay when you can get them for free! I am just doing this one arrangement on my guest book table. I will be adding some greenery and probably a batter pack string of lights in the vase.