DIY Crystal Tree Centerpice Mock-Up



I finally finished the mock-up and I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. When the lights are dimmed and the candles are lit, it looks very pretty. The camera flash washes it out a little. Sorry about the art in the background...its not part of the wedding decor...lol!
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 9:06 am
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In case anyone is wondering...


Crystals: shopwildthings.com (crystals sold as "curtains."  I cut the strands off the curtain rail and then into varying lengths for the trees). 


Branches: SF Flower Mart


Base (urn): Michael's


Silk Orchids: Michael's (sold on stems.  I trimmed blooms with wire cutters and used low-temp glue gun to adhere to branches)


Ribbon (on "table"): SF Flower Mart


Votives (not pictured): Flowersupplies.com


Total Cost: Approx. $25 each centerpiece

Posted on March 10, 2008 at 9:10 am
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wow, that looks great.
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 9:10 am
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oooh, very nice!
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 9:45 am
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that looks great. it's kinda what i'm thinking of for our tall centerpieces. do you mind emailing me the steps? i wanted to use clear vases surrounded by bamboo shoots, but I wasn't sure how to secure the branches in the vase (or urn). thanks!!!! -augbride
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 9:48 am
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ooo pretty! just wondering how you set the branch to stand in the base? Also, how many are you making? I would love to make our manzanita centerpieces to save money but transportation of 26-28 centerpieces would be a problem. Thanks.
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 9:57 am
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Ooo those are awesome!!
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 9:59 am
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That came out very nice, very professional looking.

Great job.
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 10:05 am
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Wow, affordable and beautiful!!

PSA I think I saw containers like that on sale at Michaels, 40% off this week plus there is a 25% off Michaels coupon in Modern Bride, maybe an older one though?
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 10:13 am
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That is gorgeous!
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 10:21 am
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Thank you ladies!

One thing to consider with my method of setting the branches is the weight. I used Acrylic crystals so they are very light in weight. I placed the branch in the urn and used scraps of cardboard folded/wadded just to prop the branch in the exact position. I then used spray foam (found in a hardware store, ie. Home Depot, Lowe's, etc) to fill the vase. The foam is used by contractors to fill in small areas for insulation purposes. It is packaged in a couple ways. One is just like a whipped cream can and the other is to be used with a gun similar to a caulking gun. The spray foam method will only work if your base/vase is not clear. Otherwise the foam and cardboard will show and will look terribly messy. This is the very reason I opted for the ceramic urn. I suppose, you could position the branch in a smaller container to placed in a larger glass vase/container filled with your desired filler if you really want glass. I thought about this, I decided the most cost effective way would be ONE container with less filler. I recommend experimenting with the spray foam before using it in your actual vase. It expands quite a bit, more than double. Once its on the surface, its there for good so you don't want it to overflow. It takes about 24 hours or more to fully dry. If your vase is deep, apply one layer of spray foam at a time to ensure drying. Otherwise, it can get mushy.

Another material that's commonly used for a project like this is Plaster of Paris. It is a known to be toxic and "can cause cancer" thus the reason why I opted for the spray foam.

Sorry for the long message. I felt it was important to be thurough.
HTH...let me know if you'd like more info.
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 10:37 am
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Champ: Yes, the urns were on sale and I used a coupon from a weekly circular. After all said and done the urns were $6.99 each. Not bad :)
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 10:38 am
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WOW!!! Good job!!!
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 10:46 am
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i love your centerpiece nicole! it looks very elegant!
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 11:37 am
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Wow that looks beautiful, it looks like a professional did it. Good job!
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 11:59 am
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Gorgeous!!! You could make this a business and rent them out when you're done! Seriously. I'd rent them from you if you were in SoCal!
Posted on March 10, 2008 at 3:07 pm
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Thank you everyone for all your compliments! GeoffyGirl...you're so kind! After thinking about it, I may consider doing a business with the trees after the wedding. The design/style possibilities are endless. With the right resources, they can actually be affordable!

My FI wants to decorate the whole house with the trees...lol!

Thanks again ladies!
Posted on March 11, 2008 at 5:17 am
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Absolutely beautiful i'm jealous lol
Posted on March 11, 2008 at 10:32 am
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I love it!!!
Posted on March 11, 2008 at 10:48 am
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Great job! You make me want to reconsider doing trees!
Posted on March 11, 2008 at 1:15 pm
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You did an amazing job.

I was planning on doing about 2 crystal trees for my reception. The only problem is that my colors are white, off white, with silver accents(charger plates, napkins rings etc) and crystals. The brown branches would not go well. I guess I would have to paint them.
Posted on March 11, 2008 at 1:57 pm
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