How to use curly willow as a decoration for a wedding

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How to use curly willow as a decoration for a wedding
Curly willow can add dimension to a floral wedding table centrepiece. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Curly willow is a type of branch that is long and leafless. It is widely used in making wedding floral centrepieces where it can add much-needed texture and dimension to any flower table arrangement. Curly willow usually is dark brown in colour, and florists can even spray paint the branches to achieve a desired colour. It is easy to work with and available throughout the year. Pair orchids with curly willow and add votive candles to put the final touch to a romantic and elegant centrepiece.

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Things you need

  • Styrofoam disc
  • Small pot or glass vase
  • Hot glue
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Spray paint
  • Glitter
  • Curly willow branches
  • Moss
  • Rocks or stones
  • Silk orchids (9 pieces per centrepiece)
  • Artistic wire in light brown with 28 gauge
  • Votive candles
  • Hanging candle holder

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  1. 1

    Secure the styrofoam disc to the bottom of pot by gluing it with hot glue. Press down gently and wait until it is completely dry. The styrofoam disc should be properly fitted into the pot to ensure the stability of the arrangement.

  2. 2

    Mix the plaster of Paris according to the instructions on the container. Pour the mixture into the hole of the styrofoam disc. The plaster of Paris will make the pot heavier and ensure that the arrangement is stable and cannot be easily tipped over. Let the mixture dry.

  3. 3

    Paint your pots according to the theme of the wedding. If the wedding colours are brown and gold, for example, you can paint the pot a rich chocolate brown and paint the edges gold as an accent. To make it more personalised, you can even paint the names of the bride and groom along with the wedding date at the bottom in case out-of-town guests would like to take it home as a souvenir.

  4. 4

    Make the curly willow branches stand out by spray painting them in metallic gold. Lay lots of newspaper on the ground and paint the branches all over. While they are drying, sprinkle gold glitter on them. Be sure to use gloves while doing this since gold glitter is hard to clean off.

  5. 5

    Insert the curly willow branches into the styrofoam. Make sure that the branches are not too close to each other. Curly willow branches are tall, and grouping them too close to each other may block a guest's view. Arrange them in a balanced way and secure with hot glue. Let it dry completely.

  6. 6

    Cover the styrofoam and dried plaster mix with moss and hot glue it in place. Adorn the moss with a few rocks or polished stones placed in a balanced way. Attach a piece of silk orchid at the base of the curly willow branches and secure it with hot glue.

  7. 7

    Attach the remaining silk orchids on the curly willow branches using artistic wire. Arrange them in a pattern that is pleasing to the eye. You can place four orchids midway and another four near the top of the branches.

  8. 8

    Hang votive candles on two or three of the branches using votive candleholders. This will add the final touch to this elegant and romantic centrepiece.

Tips and warnings

  • For a winter themed wedding, simply replace the pot with a glass vase filled with water and rocks. Paint the branches silver and hang various crystals on them.

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