How to decorate with curly willow branches & crystals

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How to decorate with curly willow branches & crystals
Enhance a clear vase with curly willow branches and colourful crystals. (vase image by Janet Wall from Fotolia.com)

Design a stunning table centrepiece using curly willow branches and crystals. Natural curly willow branches are golden brown in colour and can be found in craft stores. These curvy branches are versatile decor pieces as they can be enhanced by a variety of items. Combine eye-catching willow branches with sparkling crystal beads to create eclectic, one-of-a-kind centrepieces. Willow branch and crystal arrangements are ideal for everything from the casual summer soirée to sophisticated receptions.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Clear glass vase
  • Crystal beads
  • Curly willow branches
  • Ornaments or other branch decor
  • Faux flower stems, if desired

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Select a tall vase to display curly willow branches and crystals; pick a clear glass vase so the coloured crystals will show through. Go with a vintage-inspired cut crystal vase to create a romantic or elegant look, or a smooth, tulip-shaped vase for a clean, modern style.

  2. 2

    Fill 3/4 of the vase with crystal beads. Choose beads according to your decor theme or colour scheme; create an icy, winter wonderland-inspired look using clear crystal beads or pick a mix of red, pink and clear crystal beads for a Valentine's Day arrangement. Decorate with green crystals to create a natural, garden-inspired decor piece.

  3. 3

    Place several 3-foot curly willow branches into the vase. Nestle the branches into the crystal beads to create a secure fit. Include faux-flower stems, such as roses or hydrangeas, to add an extra pop of colour to the arrangement.

  4. 4

    Decorate your curly willow branches. Create a festive Easter arrangement by hanging pastel-hued egg-shaped ornaments from the branches; choose small red and green balls to create Christmas-dinner table decor; use craft wire to attach small bird figurines to branches for a spring- or summer-inspired arrangement; tie satin bows onto branches for a sweet, feminine look.

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