Post # 1
So, I decided for our "Guest Book", I really didn’t want a book of half-empty pages collecting dust. I wanted something different, something to fit in with our nature-infused Southern wedding. A wish tree! Guests write a sweet message to us on a bit of cardstock, then hang it on a barebranch tree with a bit of gingham ribbon. Cute, no?
Well, during Michael’s holidays sales I hit the jackpot – five sturdy branches with little (much smaller than, say, Christmas bulbs) white lights attached to them! Lovely! Only $20! Even more lovely!!!! These branches get pricey, after all. So, i purchased two packs and headed home to proudly show the fiance my little retail victory.
And he says, "How are you going to plug in the brances when they’re in a vase?"
I deflate. Oh… good point. How AM I going to plug in the branches when they’re in the bottom of a vase??? And NOT have an ugly orange extension cord popping out of the vase?!?!?!
We’ve already run through a couple of suggestions… but I figured if anyone would come up with something clever and creative, it would be the Hive!!!
Post # 3
can you take off the lights? if so, you may be able to replace them with lights that are battery operated and you can hide the battery pack inside the pot.
Post # 4
What about cutting the bottom of the vase off and creating a "notch" in the back for the cord? It wouldn’t be easy and as long as you aren’t using a clear vase, no one would notice.
Post # 5
@ Miss Texas… I never thought to check if I could remove the lights. I was so focused on figuring out how to fix the cord! Good suggestion… I’ll look when I get home to see if they’re removable.
@ tabby… I thought about cutting a hole in the back. I’m just not sure how to go about doing it without (a) using a plastic container or (b) shattering a ceramic one.
Great suggestions so far! Keep em coming if you have any ideas pop up!
Post # 6
The responses so far are along the same lines as my ideas. I’m guessing that if the branches came with lights, they probably aren’t detachable. If this is the case, I would try threading the cord through the bottom and back of the vase. In this case, glass is out of the question, but you may be able to use another material and cut out the hole. A plant pot is also another option; they usually already have a hole in the bottom. You can hide the cord coming out of the holder by running it under the table linen (if you are using an inexpensive one) through a small hole you cut. Good luck!
Post # 7
So many pots have holes in the bottom for water drainage why not try to get one of those. I think if you wanted it on the side you would just need a special drill bit for ceramic pots, try asking at your local hardware store. Also what about a wooden container? Hope This Helps
Post # 8
Would it be possible to put them in vases with a little hole drilled into it, or a piece of glass cut out so you can run the cord through it? You could mask the hole (if glass) with some sort of filler or ribbon
Post # 9
When my brother was a little kid he was super interested in electricity. He used to take used glass SOBE tea bottles and drill holes in the bottom. Then he would fill them with that colored sand that was so popular in the 90’s and run a cord through the hole to the top with a light bulb… ie he turned them into a lamp. Sometimes drilling a hole would cause them to crack but if it did he would just grab another bottle.
I suggest you try this(not with sobe bottles..haha). Have you already picked out your vase? does it have relatively thick glass? Can you buy more if it splits? You could also try using something other than glass. Like a small aluminum cylindar or something made out of thick clear plastic to give you the illusion of a glass vase. Go to your local junk shop or walmart and look for something the right height and width. If you don’t like the outside you can always decorate it by wrapping it in irridescent taffeta or a nice cardstock (maybe one that looks like birch to cary through the tree theme).
If you do use glass (or something clear) just put something in the bottom to cover the cords and the hole. You could use flat river rocks, sand, moss, or even marbles.
Post # 10
Try a wooden or metal container instead of a glass one and use a cordless drill to make your hole. I think a wooden one could be very nice juxaposed to the branch. A natural look. You could always try a plastic vase that you wrap in a different material like parchment, wrapping paper, cork, wood veneer, etc. good luck! let us know what you decide to do!