Cheap DIY Centerpieces With Manzanita Branches

Interesting tree branches can be used for centerpiece designs.
Interesting tree branches can be used for centerpiece designs. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Manzanita is a type of tree that grows close to the ground. Because it is usually growing in a harsh climate, the branches spread and twist in unusual ways. This makes the branches of the manzanita a candidate for creating interesting centerpieces that can be used for table decorations at large events, like wedding receptions. Creating a manzanita-branch centerpiece that is inexpensive is not difficult.

Things You'll Need

  • 5 inch cedar plank
  • Table saw
  • Nail gun
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Spray glitter
  • Floral foam
  • Steak knife
  • Copper bead strings
  • Hot glue gun
  • Reading light
  • Spanish moss

Cut four pieces of five inch cedar fence planking into 4 1/2-inch lengths. With the five inch side of the plank upright, position the side of one board against the end of the next board. Use a finish nail gun and nail three finish nails to connect the two boards together. Repeat this for the second set of planks. Position the two corners opposite each other to form a box. Nail the two sections together.

Cut one piece of five inch cedar fence plank to 5 inches long. Position this over the box and nail through the plank sides into the ends of the box. This creates a box for the centerpiece.

Paint the outside of the box with black paint using a paint brush. Paint two coats allowing the paint to dry 8 hours between each coat.

Cut two pieces floral foam block to fit into the box using a steak knife.

Spray the manzanita branches with copper glitter paint. Allow 30 minutes for the paint to dry. Insert two or three branches into the box arranged to create a balanced look.

Drape copper colored crystal-shaped bead strands among the branches so that the strands drape from branch to branch. Use hot glue if you want the beads to stay in specific positions.

Position a small, clip-on style reading light, with batteries installed, face up in the box. Arrange it so that it is easy to turn on. Surround the light with Spanish moss. This will create a very cool effect in a darkened event room.

Tips & Warnings

  • Hot glue dried or faux flowers to the branches to add more color and decoration. You can also tie a ribbon around the box in a coppery color.

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