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.
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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
Fill the vase with small stones or sand. You can use natural or coloured material that will show through the clear glass.
Insert the mini manzanita piece into the centre of the natural material to secure it.
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.
Adhere the blossoms to the branchlike twigs of the manzanita piece with a glue gun.
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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