DIY Crystal Wedding Trees

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DIY Crystal Wedding Trees
Birch branches can be put together for mini trees. (Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images)

With the increasing cost of wedding day flowers, many savvy couples are looking for do-it-yourself alternatives for their decor. One of the most versatile options is crystal trees for centrepieces, wishing trees, seating card trees or decorative displays. Crystal trees are an elegant enhancement that will fit into many wedding themes. It is almost always less expensive to make your own trees instead of renting them. The nice thing about this DIY project is that once your wedding is over, you can give the remaining tress to your guests.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Manzanita or birch branches
  • Acrylic crystal garland strands
  • Vases
  • Decorative rocks, stones, vase gems or plaster of Paris
  • Garden shears
  • Scissors
  • String lights (optional)
  • Blank hang tags/seating cards (optional)

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Instructions

    Creation

  1. 1

    Create a shopping list for your trees. Do you want birch or manzanita? What type of tree are you planning? You can use them as displays, centrepieces, as an escort card holder or as a wish tree with hang tags for guests to write on. If you plan to hang several crystals and other items it is better to use manzanita branches because they look like miniature trees and you will only need one manzanita branch per tree. Birch branches look better bundled in groups of seven to 20.

  2. 2

    Purchase branches in bulk. You can find them at florists or online for wholesale prices. Buy acrylic crystal garland and vases from a craft store or on the Internet. Your branches will determine what type of vases and how much garland. Crystal garland is usually sold in 6-foot strands. Narrower vases will work best. Buy enough vase filler for one tree to do a test run. Rocks, stones and gems all work. If you decide on vases that are not clear, you could also use plaster of Paris.

  3. 3

    Separate the branches. If you are using birch branches, group several to create one tree. Trim the branches to the desired height. To create a more treelike look with the birch branches trim them so they are different heights.

  4. 4

    Place the branch or branches into a vase. Use the vase filler of your choice to secure the branch. Once you get the first tree secure, you will know exactly how much filler you need to create the remaining trees.

  5. 5

    Lay the garland onto a flat surface and create the letter "N." Push the garland together so you have three equal portions without the need for measuring. The folded sections will be two feet each. Cut the strand into 3 equal pieces where the strand bends. You can cut off any excess crystal as you decorate your tree.

  6. 6

    Drape the crystal strands over your tree by either hanging them from the branches or weaving the crystal in and out. You can also add string lights, seating cards or other hang tags on your tree.

Tips and warnings

  • Crystal tree centrepieces should be no taller than 20 inches or shorter than 14 inches so guests can see each other across the table.
  • Glass crystals may weigh down your branches so opt for acrylics instead.

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