DIY Cheap Mini Manzanita Branch Centerpieces

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Manzanita trees or shrubs are harvested in the coastal regions of western North America. The deep red-brown wood is a beautiful material for natural look centrepieces. It is easily painted white for elegant centrepieces for a wedding or anniversary party. Cheap, but stylish, mini manzanita branch centrepieces are a simple do-it-yourself project. The short branch pieces are secured in a container that will hold up to the cumbersome wood, and flower blossoms are secured to the small branches with adhesive.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Clear glass vase
  • Sand or small stones
  • Craft knife or scissors
  • Spray of silk daisy or dogwood blossoms
  • Glue gun
  • 3-inch to 4-inch artificial butterflies and birds
  • 1/4-inch satin ribbon

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Fill the vase with small stones or sand. You can use natural or coloured material that will show through the clear glass.

  2. 2

    Insert the mini manzanita piece into the centre of the natural material to secure it.

  3. 3

    Cut the silk blossoms from the stems with a craft knife or sharp scissors. The blossoms should be 3/8-inch to 1-inch in diameter.

  4. 4

    Adhere the blossoms to the branchlike twigs of the manzanita piece with a glue gun.

  5. 5

    Wrap a piece of satin ribbon around the neck of the vase and tie a simple shoestring bow for a finishing touch. Add a butterfly or bird embellishment to the branches of the miniature manzanita branch centrepiece. White doves are nice for a wedding or anniversary centrepiece.

Tips and warnings

  • Spray the wood with layers of acrylic or floral spray for coloured centrepieces for a banquet. Hang crystals or pearl bead strings from the branches for a more detailed centrepiece.
  • A manzanita branch also works well for a money tree centrepiece.

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