(Closed) “Wild” branches. Help please?

posted 11 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Stephalopolis: It really depends on when you cut the branches.  I live on a large plot of land so for my wedding my mom and I are going out to cut some Madrone and Manzanita branches.  But we have that option, you may not.  BUT we won’t cut them until maybe a few days before. But, when and if you decide to go with the maple, make sure to not cut teeny tiny branches and they will be fine.  Make sure they have some bend in them.  It takes a WHILE for them to get so brittle they break, and they have to be super thin.  I hope this helps, good luck!

Post # 4
2024 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m using maple branches from our backyard.  Right now, I’m keeping them on the sun porch and waiting to see how they do… if they seem un-usable early next year, I will still have time to buy others.  If you cut them in the spring/summer before they fall naturally, they’ll probably dry stronger.  Good luck!

Post # 5
30400 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

The branch will be fine if you do it about a week before the wedding. Use a large sturdy branch with the shape you want. Use a large enough pot so the base will be stable.

Use plaster of paris or pre-mixed cement for the base. It will be heavy so you will need a dolly to move it. Also think ahead about what vehicle you will need to transport the tree to the site.

I have made trees for winter themed parties using this method with branches taken from a large pile of prunings that had been sitting on the property for months.

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