Help Please..How do I make these sticks sink?!

posted 6 years ago in Table décor
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would say since you can’t see the bottom of the case maybe they have a small amount of floral foam and have the branches stuck in that way so they don’t float and those are pretty cheap at http://www.Dollartree.com. Then you can cOver with pretty rocks or gels to match the style.. Not sure if that’s how they did it, but might be a cheap way to make yours work!

 

Denise

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Maybe the branches in the picture are crammed into the vase so that they are stuck, they aren’t just straight sticks. It looks like they might be too wide for the vase, like they had to sort of bend them to get them in there. You could possibly put glass marbles in the bottom to help hold them in place and it looks like there are a couple sitting in the branches. I love the idea, good luck.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

What about a drop of hot glue on the end of the branches to adhere it to the glass? Good luck!

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I highly suggest using waterbeads. You can get them from walmart or from http://www.crystalwaterbeads.com/?gclid=CMzwv-WKia8CFc-a7QodORgZBA

 

I am using them in my submerged wisteria centerpiece and it doesn’t float to the top at all!

I’m using purple beads in mine which makes a purple haze at the bottom.

 

For your branch centerpieces I would think that the clear beads would do well – when you submerge them in water the beads disappear like so:

(no water)

 

(with water)

 

Hope that helps! They are super cheap and very pretty without water too!

 

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you look really closely at the centre vase…there appears to be a clear crystal wrapped in fine wire (probably jewellery wire) and attached to the branch..this may be what is holding the branches down.  The super fine wire (check in the beading section of a large craft store) usually comes in different colours if you would like it to show. Another option to try would be to dip the ends of the branches in outdoor waterproof clear silicone (any hardware store) and then stick it in the vase and let it dry until you add the water.  A little goes a long way. This will most likely ruin the vases, though, as some silicone will be left in the vases when you remove the branches.

Post # 8
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Hello! A good way to accomplish this look is to use foam SPHEREs rather than rounds. The problem with rounds is that their (1) top is flat so it is hard to get a varried and cohesive look with the placement of your arrangements (in this case your sticks) – so basically if you use rounds then everything ends up looking flat, and (2) rounds in a cylinder vase are hard to disguse. Using a sphere you will be able to stick the sticks in at varying levels and degrees. AND you will have an easier time hiding the foam with a filler. I suggest small river pebbles. You can get them really cheap and it will go with the natural look very well. Using pebbles as a filler will also help to weigh down the sticks and foam so they wont float up. If you plan on giving away your center pieces or using the vases after the wedding for your home you dont want to do anything permenant, besides you spend all the money why only use it once?

As a side note consider picking up some submergable lights. You can bury them under your filler or stick them in the foam and they will shine up on the branches which will reaally highlight your hard work and beautiful center pieces. And if you decided to do the crystals it will really help highlight them and give a great shine!

Good Luck! and sorry so long 🙂

Post # 9
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Helper bee

so gorgeous. where can i find sticks like these?

Post # 10
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2012

i agree with blueberry girl… it is the crystals holding the branches down…. I love this idea

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’ve heard of using aquarium glue. You can use very little of it, and it will stop it from floating to the top!

 

Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I saw these on pinterest and loved them. I showed them to my decorator, and she said that there is a clear plastic weight, wired to the sticks to keep them down. Pretty tricky to do, and she said that the photograph is nice, but it wouldn’t look all that pretty in person. I thought they were beautiful, and lovely! If you can make it work, go for it!!

Post # 13
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Newbee

tmnelson, I think the florist was trying to make money..lol. But madtowngirl you could add a little clear vase filler and tie the branches in with fishing line wire. If the branches are fresh, the shoud bend and eith vase filler of water beads could weigh them down. It think that arrangement is  great for rustic theme wedding. I liked it.

Post # 14
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Simplysaid, it was a professional decorator who said it, not a florist. From what the photo shows, it looks like it’s a plastic weight, wired to the sticks to add weight, which others have pointed out as well. Again, if she can make it work and make it appear as delicate as the photo shows, please by all means go ahead!! More power to ya!

Post # 15
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I absolutely love these centerpieces! I hope you are able to recreate them because I would love to see the finished project.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would use fishing wire tied around a few washers. You can hide the washers in the bottom with rocks, gel beads, etc….

 

Please let us know how it works out for you. 🙂

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