DIY: Manzanita branch centerpieces, part II
Time to decorate the centerpiece we started in the previous post! Now you have a sturdy manzanita branch stuck in a cemented chinese takeout box, what you do next with this is up to you.
Here’s what I did.
- artificial flowers (available at any craft store, I chose an olive-gold hydrangea)
- spanish moss (ditto, one bag goes a long way)
- fabric of your choice to cover the boxes with
- hanging crystals, 6 per centerpiece (I got mine from Cristalier, they were surprisingly affordable at $0.70 a pop)
1. Cover the box with fabric. I just cut squares and wrapped them like you would a birthday present. The fact that it’s a trapezoid presents some challenges so you’ll have to fold the fabric in neatly at the corners. Use regular craft glue to glue down the fabric and binder clips to hold it in place as it dries.
2. Cover the cement. I used spanish moss, but you could also use glass pebbles, river rocks, flowers.. whatever works for your wedding theme.
3. Glue on flowers. Pull the flowers off their plastic stems in bunches and either use wire or a glue gun to secure them onto the appropriate points on the branches - I find it looks more natural when it’s secured at the point in which the branches fork, rather than at the end of the branch.
4. Hang crystals. The easiest part and I love that it brings a little bling factor to your otherwise rustic centerpiece. I used 6 crystals on each centerpiece and spaced them out evenly.
There are so many other creative ways to decorate though. Here are some options:
For Easter, find some little baby birds from the craft store and have them perch on the branches.
For spring, make some little tissue poms and twist them on.
For the fall, spray paint some little pine cones gold and hang them off the branches.
And for Christmas add some miniature baubles.