- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
Wishing tree fun!!
Hey Bee’s!! I want to show off a bit, I am pretty proud of my DIY wishing tree I FINALLY finished after many mental attempts and then hands on construction! This is not a hard DIY to attempt, so don’t be put off. What it is, is work. Hours of work but worth it!
(keep in mind I have a surplus store in my area and I have found a lot of stuff at discount prices.)
Items + (general pricing):
1. 12 Floral Branches ($12-$24) ; I found mine at a surplus store for $.99 each. They need to have wire thru-out for stability. Each one has 3 stems. Kind of like this. (I am sorry I didn’t think to take a before picture of each branch but you get the idea)
2. Floral Wire Spool ($1.50-surplus store but Michaels has it too)
3. Hot glue and serveral sticks. ($2- sticks) (gun not budgeted as I have had this for YEARS!)
4. 3 Spools of ribbon to match the branches ($3-$5 discount bin at Michael’s!). 2 small- less then 1/2 inch and 1 big -1inch.
5. Craft Moss ($1- Dollar Store)
6. Craft Rocks, white (or any color) ($1- LOVE the Dollar Store)
7. Bucket or any container that is water proof. ($4- surplus store)
8. Plaster of Paris, 8lb Tub ($8- Michaels)
9. 2-3 Kabob Skewers, we had these lying around.
10. Decorations- 2 mushroom quails from surplus store -$2, 50 hex Charms from Ebay seller. -$7, Pearl Beads -$6 tub from Micheals, Bead (string, thread, fishing line??) -$.50 from Michaels on sale!
11. EXTRA HANDS!
1. Cancel Plans for weekend. 🙂
2. Pour a glass of wine and keep the bottle handy. 😉
3. Start with 6 Branches, using wire and those extra hands to hold as you wrap the wire around the branches to keep them together. The top one is a bit higher then the rest and just add one, wrap tight, add another opposite, wrap tight, keep adding a branch sort of oscillating each as you go. Don’t worry about how it looks, just keep it straight and the wire wrapped tight.Dont wire it all the way to the bottom, just past the last thickness in the last branch.
Now it will may seem wobbily and not strong enough, so take a kebob skewer and ram it up the middle, gently. 🙂 You only need to got as far as you can, but at least get 1/2 of it in there. If your branches have long stems (mine are about 20 in long bottom to top), add another one (skewer) and wire 1/2 the way down so you have 1/2 the tree together at this point.
Add the rest of your branches, using those extra hands!! I was able to do most of this on my own but to ensure it was tight, I asked my 11 yr old daughter to help, if you don’t have anyone, you will be fine just go back and tighten it up with wire in step 7. You will need to add another skewer to the end, or 2 if you want to but I only used 2 1/2, because I broke the first one off at the top. Wire all the way down till you leave about 6-8 in of stems on the bottom. I was left with 6 stems to work with. Take each stem and bend into 1/2 circle, each going the same direction. This is your base for tree, it’s “roots”. You will want to spread them apart till the lay flat and they are each on their own side. I don’t know how else to explain this so if you have questions please ask!!
4. You now have a tree!! An ugly wire-covered crooked tree!! Get your bucket or container ready and plaster of paris. This all depends on the size of your container but I used up almost a whole 8lb container. It’s better to get more then run out when you run out. Mix enough to cover 1 1/2 inches of the bottom covering the “roots”. I put mind in the middle/back of the bucket.
Let it dry, add more!! I didn’t make enough the first couple times and was frustrated when it only covered 1/4 inch so I learned to make BIG batches of the plaster. I left about 1 1/4 in on top from the plaster to the top of the bucket. It will start to feel way sturdier now.
5. Don’t fill it completely!! Make one last batch to cover, keeping in mind you will need to add the rock…FAST. This stuff dries to quick for me but I managed to get the rock in on time, sort of. If it’s not perfect, no worries!!
6. Hot glue moss between the rocks. Covers where you didn’t get the rocks in nice and on time. 🙂
I found some cute quails at the surplus store, they are made from mushrooms (?) DF thought they looked nice after I couldn’t decide if I wanted them or now. They are staying, one if blue, one is pink!
7. Are you having fun yet?? Well just wait!! To make SURE my tree was not going to topple over or my branches droom with the weight of cards, I had the brilliant idea to wire each stem on each branch, that lasted 5 min. So i decided to compromise and only do the middle stem of each branch…I started at the tip and worked my way down the middle to the tree. Some of these branches had weak connections to the main stem to I wanted to be doubly sure they were sturdy. The wire isn’t really noticable IMO. I cut each piece of wire long so I could wrap them together around the “trunk” This will help you tighten it up, wraping all the way to the bottom.
8. Now, whew almost done. Take your spool of small ribbon and cut pieces that are long enough to cover all those branches you just wired!! I would say about 2inches each, I only wrapped the bottom part of each branch. Hot glue if your friend (or foe, it’s hot!) I used up 1 spool and part of another.
9. Almost done!! Take you thick ribbon and starting at the very top, wrap and glue, wrap and glue!! I used this time to tighten my tree even more, adding glue, tighting, and holding as it cooled. I have no idea how long a spool I had but I had left over ribbon when I was done.
YOUR TREE IS DONE!!!
Decorations: I am doing a “sort of theme” wedding with Dutch traditions (wishing trees are a Dutch tradition) and delft pattern, our colors are blue (T.A.R.D.I.S. blue lol) and poppy colors, (those are the flowers, afloral rocks!!) so I found Hex Charms (good luck charms) on Ebay and made pearl drops for them (fishing line and hot glue!) , they remind me of earrings. 🙂 You can add anything you want and I was thinking some mini lights wrapped just down the middle for our reception would complete it. (btw, we arent even Dutch, i just love the colors and patterns so it’s a “sort of theme” as our center peices with include plenty of Delft china but no boats or wooden shoes!!) lol
What do you think Bee’s?? It was worth the effort!! $48 isn’t bad for a really unique looking tree!