- 8 years ago
- Wedding: December 2012
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!
ps. I did not use styrofoam to help with density. This caused the plaster a paris bill to go up. Use a filler or this get expensive. wink
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.