Post # 1
I used this blog to help me!!
Things you need:
1. plaster of paris (25lb one at Amazon for about $25)
2. 12-18″ manzanita branches (or any other strong branch you like)
3. Classic Traditions Stephonatis Stem (I got mine a Michaels and used my weekly coupon)
4. Pot (I bought mine at Christmas Tree Shop for $1.)
5. Styrofoam bulk- (cut it to fit your pot) = $10 (you can go on Nextag.com and try to find the cheapest styrofoam. But they do sell these at Walmart, Michaels, etc.)
6. Brown Glossy Stray paint- (the branches arrive with some pealed spots, which look inconsisent to me so I decided to paint it, you don’t have to.) = $3 each one (you’ll probably use about 1 spray paint bottle for every 2 centerpieces, this is a guess since i haven’t finished my 15 centerpieces yet. So 3×7=21 so about $21 for 15 centerpieces.)
1.) 12-18”: $162 (30branches)2.) Plaster of Paris:$25.75 (25lb)3.) Plastic Pot: $154.) Spray Paint: $21 (buy 7)5.) Blocks of styrofoam = $106.) Stephonatis Stem= $25total: $258.75
this is just to get a rough idea. So it’s about $18 each centerpiece.
(I asked local floral shops and asked how much it would cost and they estimated aout $100 each one!! So I saved lots of money!!)
I used 2 branches together. After I purchased the branches from blooms and branches, I laid them all out and match each one with a pair and tagged it!
BUT BE AWARE, THEY TAKE A LOT OF TIME AND EFFORT!
This is how they came out at the reception!
Post # 3
the blooms and branches link doesnt work… 🙁
Post # 4
it does if you take the bracket off the end…
Post # 5
Thank you for posting this. The branch is exactly what I want in clear vases. They match our invitation. I just couldn’t find them
Post # 6
i’m glad this post helped someone! then it was all worth it:) I’ll be posting a step by step on how i did everything next month…
Post # 7
I did these also but made the pots (boxes) I also had the blessing of having manzanita brush in my area so I went and cut my own branches. ps….there is a secret to stripping branches of there leaves. (let them dry out for about two weeks. they strip off the branch alot easier.) BUT…DO NOT LAY THEM DOWN WHEN YOU ARE DRYING THEM. IT FLATTENS THE BRANCHES AND THEY ARE NO LONGER BEAUTIFUL. So off I went to cut more branches! lol
While I was waiting for the leaves to dry out I made the bases. 12X12x4″ boxes. Then you can paint them any color you like! (also time consuming!) I had to paint them ALL (16) twicw to get the desired look. Flat paint hides the flaws but gloss looks classier.
Then here comes the worst part. Find areas in your garage/home to prop up the manzanita cause while the plaster is drying you need to lean them against something or when the plaster dry’s your branches are crocked. So if you are like me you won’t think of that till your holding the branches and then CRAP….plaster is spilling everywhere and your pissed!
Otherwise this is a very rewarding project! They come out So beautiful. You will never get your “time” out of selling them but there is huge satisfaction in seeing evryone oooo and aweeeee at the wedding.
NOT an amatuer project.
I hope this helped others also.
Post # 8
This is exactly what I had in mind and so glad to find out it is a DIY project that can be done!! @ Gotitang – how did you make the pots/boxes?
Post # 9
@gotitang you are def. right about this not being an amatuer project..even though i’m a amatuer! lol this is a lot of work and time but it is indeed rewarding..my weddin is in November and I still have about 13 more to make!
I kinda stopped and am waiting until september to start them up again.
🙂 Good luck to all the DIY brides out there!
Post # 10
Thanks for such a beautiful project idea! I definitely want to use branches in my centerpieces.
Post # 12
Did you use one or two branches per centerpiece?
Post # 13
Thank you so much for this! I knew I wanted to do something with manzanita branches, but I couldn’t get a clear vision of what I wanted. This is almost exactly what I want [except i’d be using red roses] I also really appreciate the detailed description on how to achieve this look…I can’t wait to make this happen, thanks again!! 🙂
Post # 14
Great pics!! This is almost exactly what we want to do for our memorial tree only not painting the branches. We are going to experiment but think natural will look best but are using Stephonatis too!!
I never even heard of these dainty little buggers until we started our planning but now I love them!! They are being incorporated into several elements for our decor.