How to Make a Crystal Tree for a Wedding Centerpiece

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Single crystals can hang in place of strands of crystals.

Crystal centerpieces catch available color in a room and send out lovely patterns, lighting up your wedding reception tables with a rainbow of colors. An inexpensive way to decorate table centerpieces is to use real tree branches with dangling strands of crystals. This will add beauty and grace to your wedding reception. The simple beauty of the natural branches combines with the richness of the crystals for an eye-catching piece. When the wedding is over, you can take down the centerpieces and use the material to decorate your new home.

Things You'll Need

  • Tree branches
  • Sponge
  • Newspaper
  • Gold spray paint
  • 12-inch long strands of crystals
  • Silk roses
  • Vases
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Instructions

    • 1

      Gather tree branches or purchase them from a craft store. Make sure they are about 12 inches high and have several smaller branches extended off of one large branch. You will need one for each centerpiece. Wipe excess dirt off of the branches with a wet sponge to prepare them for spray paint, then let them dry.

    • 2

      Lay newspaper on your work surface. Spray paint the branches with gold spray paint in a well-ventilated area, then allow them to dry.

    • 3

      Place each branch into a tall vase. Pour marbles into the vase to hold the branch in place. Fill the vase about halfway up with marbles.

    • 4

      Place a dot of hot glue on one of the smaller branches using a hot glue gun. Immediately lay a 12-inch long strand of crystals on the branch. Repeat this about 12 times around the branch, adding less or more crystals depending on the size of your branch. Hang one strand of crystals off smaller branches and two strands off a few of the larger branches.

    • 5

      Glue a silk rose in about six or more strategic locations on the branches in areas where two smaller branches meet.

Tips & Warnings

  • Silver spray paint is a suitable color as well.

  • To avoid burns, lay the crystals on the glue without touching the branch.

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