Post # 1
Hi hive!!! So I have some questions regarding branches, and I’m hoping those of you with experience can help a girl out! One detail of our wedding I am really excited for is our wish tree. It will be in a large ceramic pot, the branches held in with some sort of foam or cement, and then moss on top to cover up the “innards”. Guests will then have tags that they’ll write wishes/advice/etc. and then tie them onto the wish tree branches with ribbon. Here’s my question. I know manzanita are the preferred branch type for this type of project. However, they are expensive. Meanwhile, there are branches on our maple trees outside that are perfect for the look we are trying to get. So for those of you with experience- would it be fine to use these “wild” branches? Primarily, I’m afraid of them becoming brittle and breaking off when guests try to put the tags on. Are they completely unusable? Useable if we pick them at a certain time? (wedding is april 14 2012). Useable if we coat them with something? Thanks for all your help!!
Post # 3
@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
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
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.