Post # 1
I’m trying to create centerpieces for my fall “rustic wedding”… my venue supplies centerpieces, but they are fake flowers (ICCCK!!) in a tall vase. To cut some cost I was going to use the vases they provide (I will have 34 tables!!). I was thinking willow branches. However, when putting my plan into action I realized the skinny vase can’t hold many branches, and the centerpieces seem a bit blah. (they are apx 5 feet high) Any thoughts, comments, suggestions? *Side note: I can’t have any open flames on the table* Thanks Bees! :]
Post # 3
They have colored ‘branches’ at Michaels for pretty cheap. Also, you could use hay and raffia as well as battery operated tealights. Michaels also has cheap fake birds in browns and other colors you could clip to the edge of the vase.
Post # 4
If you’re working with curly willow (can’t really tell from the pictures), soak the branches in your bathtub for about an hour or so, which will make them pliable and flexible like they were when fresh. You’ll then be able to spread the tops our a bit so they don’t look quite so stick-straight. You could attach some flower tops to the branches with floral wire (or make paper flowers, which is what I’m doing) to add some color. Dollar Tree also has bunches of tall (approx 3-4ft) colored grasses for $1 per bunch (I found some in burnt orange and red-orange), very rustic-looking. Good luck!